Shutterfly releases new Express Uploader built with Adobe AIR

Shutterfly recently released a new application called the Express Uploader that makes it very easy for their customers to upload images to a Shutterfly account. Once uploaded, the existing Shutterfly can be used to turn albums into prints, photo books, calendars and more.

The application is powered by Adobe AIR and leverages new capabilities available in our most recent version of the AIR runtime (version 2) including integration with native code using the native process API. Congratulations to the team at Shutterfly on the launch of the desktop application!

Anumber of popular uploading tools are now powered by AIR including the Vimeo uploader that we highlighted in an earlier blog post.

Screenshots below:

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Photos can be queued up for uploading and associated with new or existing albums.

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The intuitive, clean design makes uploading a breeze.

Adobe – Intel Application Lab

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Distributing and Monetizing Adobe AIR Apps

On July 21, learn what Adobe and Intel are doing to help you distribute and monetize your AIR applications by understanding the business opportunities and discovering how you can take advantage of the service immediately. Learn more and register today.

OSID Generator Application Updated

Developers that apply to distribute the Adobe AIR runtime are provided access to a tool, the Operating System Identifier (OSID) Generator application, that can be used to identify a platform-specific identifier for an installed AIR application. By obtaining these OS specific IDs, developers can detect and launch an installed AIR application.

A few developers reported that they were experiencing issues using this tool with their AIR 2 applications. In response, we recently made available an updated version of the OSID Generator application that addresses the issue.

Please see the mini-FAQ below for additional information on this update.

Q: Where do I find the updated OSID Generator application that is compatible with AIR 2?

A: If you were approved to distribute the AIR runtime for AIR 2 or earlier versions, you were sent an email that included a link to instructions for how to download the OSID Generator application. Please refer to this email to locate this link.

Q: Where can I find additional information on distributing the AIR runtime so that I can have access to the OSID tool? Where can I apply?

A: To request a distribution agreement for the AIR runtime, please see visit the request page. Once approved, you will be sent a link that includes instructions for how to download the OSID tool.

Q: Though I successfully applied and was approved to redistribute the runtime, I can no longer find the link to the page that allows me to download the OSID application. What should I do?

A: Please reapply to distribute the AIR runtime. Once approved, you will be sent a link that includes instructions for how to download the OSID tool.

Q: Where can I find instructions on how to use the OSID Generator application?

A: Once your distribution request is approved, you receive a link to a page that includes a link to documentation for the OSID Generation Application. Once the link is loaded in your browser, click on the "Download documentation" link in the "Adobe AIR Runtime Installer files" section. Once the "Adobe AIR Runtime Redistribution Instructions" instructions page is loaded, read the section titled "Using the OSID Generator application."

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!

Tour de Flex 2.0 – AIR and Flex Component and API Explorer Launched!

We just posted Tour de Flex 2.0.  If you already have a previous version of Tour de Flex, it should auto-update to 2.0.   This latest version has several bug fixes and now requires AIR 2.0 to support many new AIR 2.0 samples.   Go grab it and check out the new samples in the [...]

Adobe AIR 2 SDK Now Available for Download

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Following up on our recent Adobe AIR 2 runtime availability announcement, we are pleased to also announce that the Adobe AIR 2 SDK is available for download! To help developers quickly get up to speed on the latest capabilities of this release, we are making a number of resources available including release nots, documentation, articles, videos and sample applications.

Release Notes

First, be sure to review the AIR 2 Developer Release Notes where you will find additional information about the latest features, tips and tricks and known issues. This document is an excellent resource for learning about the release. The developer release notes are also available in Japanese and Chinese as well.

Documentation

Links to the Adobe AIR 2 documentation can be found on here.

Articles

If you are looking for tips on how to get started with AIR 2, visit the Adobe AIR Developer Center. Below are several new articles and videos related to AIR 2 that will help you get started with some of the new capabilities in the runtime.

Sample Applications With Source Code

In addition to articles, our team developed a number of sample applications with source code available to help get your started on the new runtime features. Sample applications are available for Flex, Flash and HTML/JavaScript.

Several new sample applications, grouped by product area, that we are making available for AIR 2 include:

  • Native Process API
    • SearchCentral (Mac only) – SearchCentral lets you search your desktop, Google, or Wikipedia from within a single application. SearchCentral takes advantage of the new native process API to communicate with the Mac OS X Spotlight feature. It also uses the open document API to open files when double-clicked.
  • Networking
    • KeePIPE – a JavaScript-based application that lets users share files on the same network. The application demonstrates how the new networking capabilities can be used to create peer-to-peer applications. KeePIPE also demonstrates the new open document capabilities. If you use an application such as VMWare, you can use this application to transfer files between your VM and host computer.
    • HTTPeek – HTTPeek is a proxy which demonstrates the new ServerSocket APIs in AIR 2. It listens on a designated port, and proxies HTTP requests while displaying the both the request and response HTTP headers.
  • Mass Storage Device Detection
    • FileTile – FileTile demonstrates two new capabilities in AIR 2: mass storage device detection, and opening files with their default applications. When running, FileTile detects when a storage device (such as a USB drive or a Flip video camera) is connected, and displays the contents of the files on that device. Right-click on images to preview them, or double-click to open files with their default application.
  • Local Audio Recording
    • Microphone – Microphone records and plays back audio locally. It demonstrates a new feature in AIR 2 that lets you write audio locally without requiring a server. You can also speed-up or slow-down the playback speed of the recorded audio.
    • EchoExample – The EchoExample application records a sound, then plays it back simulating an echo using the new ability in AIR 2 to sample microphone data directly. It also demonstrates the use of the SoundTransform object to modify the sound dynamically before playing it back.
  • Multi-touch & Gestures
    • PhotoPhysics – PhotoPhysics is a multi-touch application that includes a built-in physics engine. Note: PhotoPhysics requires a multitouch device such as an HP TouchSmart PC or a Dell Latitude XT2 running Windows 7.
    • GeoTest – GeoTest lets you throw images around the screen using a built-in physics engine. This application demonstrates how a user with a non-multi-touch system may tests multi-touch APIs. Note: GeoTest does not require a multi-touch device.
    • SpriteFract – SpriteFract demonstrates a mouse-compatible, direct-manipulation interface. It has a built-in physics engine and leverages the new multi-touch APIs. It also uses PixelBender to asynchronously process a large amount of geometry data. Note: SprteFract does not require a multi-touch device. Optional multitouch devices include the HP TouchSmart PC or a Dell Latitude XT2 running Windows 7.
    • TouchTest – TouchTest allows you to drag, scale, and rotate images on the screen. This application demonstrates the new multi-touch capabilities in AIR 2. Note: TouchTest requires a multitouch device such as an HP TouchSmart PC or a Dell Latitude XT2 running Windows 7.
  • Print Feature Demo
    • PrintFeatureDemo – Demonstrates many of the powerful new printing capabilities of AIR 2 including printing without a dialog, querying the list of local printers, and more.

Feedback

If you have ideas on how to improve AIR, please visit our recently launched Adobe AIR Ideas website where you can submit and vote on new capabilities that you would like to see added to AIR. If you have a bug that you would like to report back to our team, please submit it back to our team by using our feedback form.

Thank you and happy developing!

Rob Christensen
Product Manager, Adobe AIR

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.

Adobe Enterprise Cafe Helps Keep You Connected

Adobe Enterprise Café is a new application powered by Adobe AIR that helps you track the latest news and information related Adobe’s enterprise products including Adobe LiveCycle ES (Enterprise Suite), Acrobat, Connect, and ColdFusion. Targeted at developers and technical staff, Café is the one tool you need to search across the entire community knowledge base and stay in touch with the Adobe teams.

Features of the application include:

  • News – Highlights important news and alerts about Adobe’s enterprise-focused applications and other relevant Adobe software. Note that news items differ based on your login credentials.
  • Search – A dedicated tool searching across multiple targeted sites focusing on product specific content.
  • RSS Reader – A feature-rich content aggregator that lets you share stories via AIM, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, e-mail and more without copying and pasting, or dragging and dropping.
  • Notes – Saves search results and other text snippets for viewing later, whether you are online or offline. You can also share notes with the community.
  • Water Cooler – Provides a live chat room for the community to engage and discuss product related issues.
  • Forums – A direct link into the latest information found on Adobe Forums.
  • Events – Allows you to quickly locate upcoming LiveCycle events in your area or online.
  • Training – Provides a listing of upcoming training events for your product.
  • Demos and Sales Tools – a launchpad to LiveCycle solution demonstrations and enterprise sales tools for Adobe employees and partners.
  • Partner Showcase – Partners can upload solution demonstrations for review, approval, and dissemination.
  • Adobe TV – Pre-filtered enterprise-focused shows are continually updated with the latest videos.

For additional information about the Enterprise Cafe, please visit the following links:

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ADOBE DEVELOPER WEEK

Ben Forta started Developer Week with his introduction to the Adobe Flash Platform session on Monday this week. There were hundreds of attendees, and thousands more in sessions that followed. In fact, there have been over 3,500 attendees these past three days and we expect even more for the rest of the week.

Presentations have covered multi-screen and mobile app development, the Flex framework, new features in Flash Builder and much more. All of the sessions from the past few days have already been posted on the Adobe Developer Connection and the page will be updated daily as more sessions go on throughout the week.

Presentations for later this week include Advanced Features in Flex, AIR 2.0 development for the desktop, AS34J for Java Developers, and a lot more. If you have missed them, check out the recorded sessions.