A Summary of Recent Adobe AIR News

In recent weeks, we have seen a tremendous amount of activity related to Adobe AIR, Flash Player and other Adobe related technologies due to our recent product launches. In fact, there is so much activity that it can be difficult to keep up.

In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to spotlight new applications that customers are building using Adobe AIR with a focus on AIR 2 capabilities as well as AIR for Android apps. Today, I would like to provide a quick summary of some of the recent announcements that I believe developers may find valuable.

  • Aptana, in partnership with Adobe, released the Adobe AIR Plug-In for Aptana Studio. The updated version of the plug-in allows JavaScript developers to easily build rich, out-of-browser applications powered by the latest capabilities availabilities in AIR 2. The plug-in includes advanced support for debugging, profiling, code hinting and more. For instructions on how to install the plug-in, see this page.
  • Flash developer Grant Skinner recently published two very impressive experiments using Adobe AIR and Android. In his first experiment, he built a wireless slot car gas pedal. In his second experiment, he built a multi-screen game called Androideroids that, well, must be seen to be believed.
  • Adobe AIR team member Christian Cantrell released MailBrew, an email notifier that supports Gmail (regular Gmail, and Google Apps email accounts) and IMAP. For a quick overview of the application, be sure to check out the video Christian put together.
  • Serge Jespers not only posted a video tutorial demonstrating how to create native installers in AIR 2, he built an application using AIR that helps you package your native installers. The application is called Package Assistant Pro and is currently available for download.
  • Greg Wilson announced the launch of Tour de Flex 2.0 powered by Adobe AIR 2. A special thank you to Greg and Holly Schinsky for helping to develop additional AIR 2 examples in this update
  • Adobe recently released the 1.0 version of the Open Source Media Framework (OSMF). This framework simplifies the development of media players by allowing developers to assemble components to create high-quality, full-featured video playback experiences in Flash Player or Adobe AIR. The framework is now available for download. There are also many resources for developers interested in getting started with OSMF. If you are developing an AIR application that takes advantage of OSMF, please leave a comment and let us know as we are seeking out showcase applications.

Below are links to two of Grant Skinner’s recent AIR and Android experiments. Be sure to check these out!

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