New Text and Layout Framework for Adobe AIR

Adobe Flash Player 10 added support for an amazing new text and layout engine bringing print-quality publishing to the web. With the release of Adobe AIR 1.5, this new engine is also available to developers building desktop applications since Flash Player 10 is included inside of the AIR runtime.

To make it even easier to work with this new text and layout engine, Adobe has released the Text Layout Framework on our Labs website, which delivers advanced, easy-to-integrate typographic and text layout features for advanced and creative typography. This framework works inside of the browser using Flash and outside of the browser using Adobe AIR. It is also extensible. There is a great sample application at the top of the Labs page that demonstrates some of the new features of this library (see screen shot below).

Features of the Text Layout Framework include:

  • Bidirectional text, vertical text and over 30 writing systems including Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lao, the major writing systems of India, and others.
  • Selection, editing and flowing text across multiple columns and linked containers, and around inline images
  • Vertical text, Tate-Chu-Yoko (horizontal within vertical text) and justifier for East Asian typography
  • Rich typographical controls, including kerning, ligatures, typographic case, digit case, digit width and discretionary hyphens
  • Cut, copy, paste, undo and standard keyboard and mouse gestures for editing
  • Rich developer APIs to manipulate text content, layout, markup and create custom text components.

For more information on this technology, be sure to visit the Labs website where you can find release notes and download information. This is a Labs release and the team would appreciate hearing your feedback.
I’m looking forward to seeing how developres and designers take advantage of this powerful new library.

One Response to New Text and Layout Framework for Adobe AIR

  1. Awesome, I’m really excited about this! It’s exactly what we need, as text and text layout is one of the few places that was really lacking in the past. Great work guys, and the demo is a really good showcase for what can be done.