Adobe AIR 2 Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Adobe AIR 2 runtime. Starting today, you can download and install the new version at get.adobe.com/air/. Developers can now deploy applications built for AIR 2 on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. (Note that the AIR 2 SDK is available in CS5 and will be available as a free standalone download on Tuesday, June 15th.)

AIR APPS

The Adobe AIR runtime is already installed on nearly 300 million desktop computers. We have carefully crafted a seamless installation and upgrade experience that makes it very easy for developers to distribute apps on Mac OS, Windows and Linux. With a few clicks, the Adobe AIR “badge” embedded on the app download page takes care of installing or updating to the right version of AIR if needed. In addition, once a week AIR apps check to see if an AIR update is available, and if so, users are presented with the option to update to the most up‐to‐date version, helping to ensure that end users get the benefits of improved security and performance.

There are some amazing apps built with AIR that will work even better with AIR 2. Here are a few we expect will work better because of reduced memory usage and improved performance:

  • Graphic.ly: a splendid comics book reader that connects people who love sharing their passion about graphic novels
  • The complete National Geographic: 120 years of National Geographic magazine at your fingertips in stunning digital clarity
  • Moviefone: the latest HD movie trailers in outstanding quality
  • The Simpsons unleashed: experience The Simpsons like never before as the characters come alive and interact with you on your desktop.
  • Adobe Story: a collaborative story writing tool, part of the new CS Live online services.

WHAT’S NEW IN ADOBE AIR 2

Adobe AIR 2 is our most significant update to AIR since its original release two years ago.

Here is just one example of developer reaction to this release:

Adobe AIR 2 is the most robust & versatile yet. With minimum development effort, I was able to convert my AIR for Android app into a desktop app that runs on Windows, Mac OS X & even Linux. Being able reuse 90% of my code to build an application that runs on desktops, as well as mobiles is truly an amazing feature. AIR 2 has evolved into a ubiquitous platform!
— Lee Graham, Co‐Founder of TRImagination

We have made huge improvements in the overall performance of the runtime. Without changing your AIR apps, they will now use less CPU and up to 30% less memory.

We are also introducing dozens of new features and hundreds of new APIs for developers to take advantage of. For example, our much improved networking APIs will make it possible to build new apps, from multi‐player games to enterprise collaboration apps. AIR is now even more tightly integrated with the operating system, including better interaction with the file system, detecting mounting and un‐mounting of volumes, improved printing APIs, support for native installers and, of course, one of our most request features, support for integrating native code with your application using the NativeProcess API.

We’re very excited to see the new class of apps made possible by our new multi‐touch and gesture APIs. Those APIs are also available on the beta mobile version of Flash Player and on the AIR for Android pre‐release, and more and more laptops and desktops are multi‐touch capable. We believe this is a great opportunity to build apps with innovative user interactions.

We have also made improvements to HTML support in AIR 2, which you can take advantage of whether you are building an application using only HTML/CSS and JavaScript, or incorporating the HTMLLoader view as part of a Flash/ActionScript‐based application. We have added support for some CSS3 and HTML5 features as well, including CSS transforms, transitions and animations and the <canvas> tag. Additionally, the new JavaScript engine in AIR 2 has been clocked up to twice as fast as before.

A broad range of AIR 2 applications are expected to be available shortly after the release of the AIR 2 runtime, ranging from publicly available apps like the updated Avatar (movie) application from 20th Century Fox, to enterprise apps such as Intuit Spheres, a messaging and file sharing application.

FIND OUT MORE

Use the following resources to learn more about AIR 2:

We believe web developers should be able to use their skills and the tools they are already familiar with to build great standalone applications on any device. Our goal is to provide the best tools, frameworks and runtimes to give developers the shortest path from a brilliant idea to an application ready to distribute.

AIR 2 is a significant leap forward. We’re looking forward to the awesome new applications that you will build with AIR 2. I can’t wait to see what you will come up with!

Also, in case you didn’t know, Flash Player 10.1 for Windows, Mac OS and Linux is also available today. Get it from get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and read the Flash Player team’s blog post about the new release.

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