Updated AIR Marketplace Launched

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Today, an updated version of the Adobe AIR Marketplace launched that includes an improved look-and-feel as well as a few new features. The goal of the release is to provide a more user friendly destination for showcasing and downloading AIR applications.

New features include:

  • Enhanced feedback support where users can rate, review, comment and flag an application to provide feedback to the developer. In addition, users can share applications with colleagues and friends and also subscribe to RSS feeds from the Marketplace.
  • A new self-service web interface that allows developers to manage their profile and applications. Developers can also view download statistics, ratings and reviews through a new application dashboard.
  • The ability for a developer to specify a link to purchase the application. While the Marketplace does not enable e-commerce transactions directly, users can click on a link to purchase an application from the the developer’s website.

Please be sure to check it out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Also, please let us know what you would like to see in the future.

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6 Responses to Updated AIR Marketplace Launched

  1. Hi Robert,

    I think the new marketplace is a good move, but which should have gone further.

    My personal wish list:

    * Give the possibility to provide several pictures per application, maybe even a SWF or video.
    * Add social bookmarking features to the product details.
    * Provide a richer application description text. A bullet list is a must have for feature lists.
    * A better submission form. It’s not a big deal since only publishers are concerned, but still, it really does feel a little cheap.

    My complete review on my blog:
    http://www.dehats.com/drupal/?q=node/73

    All in all, I think it’s time for us all to ask ourselves what should be the role of such a website. To this regard, I’d like to know what you -the AIR team- think is the goal of this marketplace.

  2. Chris Quirke says:

    I notice AIR is being bundled with Acrobat Reader, thus increasing the exploitable surface.

    As a user, the last thing I want is an opportunity for the percieved low risk of “reading a page” to be escalated to “installing and running an application”, especially where this may have no visible UI, yet have access to my local file system.

    So I routinely uninstall AIR after installing Reader 9.

  3. @Chris — Thanks for the note. Yes, AIR is included in Adobe Reader. I am not sure I understand your concern though. AIR applications are installed using a typical desktop install ritual using a wizard UI. It is up to you to decide whether you want to install an application. Applications are not installed silently from a web page without user interaction. I hope that helps.

  4. Jeff Wiens says:

    I’d really like to install reader without AIR. I maintain a large network and if I install AIR then I have to maintain AIR. It becomes one more application that can have potential security issues that needs to be patched on a regular basis. Is there no way to install the reader without AIR also installing? The customization wizard doesn’t seem to provide the answer.

  5. JohnSn says:

    Why is there no Acrobat Reader installation without Air?
    Given Adobe’s security record, I do not want to install an application that I do not use, will not use in the near future.
    Installing Air is just another application I have to worry about because of security vulnerabilities, again, judging by Adobe’s security record.

  6. Dan says:

    I agree with the other posters. Adobe needs to remember that people use the product because it’s simple and useful. AIR doesn’t factor into that equation at all.