Archive for September, 2009

Only Two Weeks Left Until MAX! Do Not Miss These Sessions!

Adobe MAX is less than two weeks away and members of our team are working around the clock in preparation for the event. For those of you interested in AIR and learning more about what we have been up to in the past year, please be sure to sign-up for the sessions listed below. All of these sessions will be presented by members of the Adobe AIR team. As a manager for the AIR track at this year’s MAX, I have been deeply impressed by the quality of content this year and I am very much hoping many of you will be able to join us.

A few pointers for MAX this year:

  • If you are interested in learning more about what is coming in AIR 2, do not miss Christian Cantrell’s session on the topic (see session summaries at the bottom of this page).
  • If mobile application development is anywhere on your radar, there are two must-see sessions by AIR team members. Again, session descriptions are listed at the bottom of this post.
    • One session, presented by Arno Gourdol and titled "Designing Applications for Desktops and Mobile Devices with Adobe AIR," will cover how to build applications than span both desktop and mobile. This is an exciting topic and core to Adobe’s multi-screen vision for application development.
    • The second session, presented by Aditya Bansod, is titled "Building Mobile Applications with Adobe AIR" and will focus on mobile application development. The session will cover new ground and there will be two instances of Aditya’s session.
  • Oliver Goldman, lead developer on the AIR team, is presenting a session titled: "Explore Deployment and Distribution Options for Adobe AIR Applications." For those of you looking to better understand the full set of options available to you in terms of deploying your AIR applications and the AIR runtime to end users, this session will provided a detailed look at what is possible today and new options that will be made available in AIR 2.
  • One of the most groundbreaking Adobe AIR applications to date is the popular Times Reader built by the New York Times in collaboration with Adobe. Jeremy Clark, an experience design manager at Adobe, will be presenting on how this application was created from the ideation to production phases. Jeremy’s team led the creation of the application on the Adobe side and he will be sharing his experiences during the design and development process. In reviewing the slides, I expect this session will be a huge source of inspiration for many developers.
  • On Monday night, there will be a "meet the team" session in room 512 where members of the AIR and Flash Player teams will be available to answer your questions. Pizza, beer and other beverages will be provided. This is a great chance to learn more about Adobe’s runtime technologies from the engineers and product managers that work on these products day-to-day. For more information on meet the team events, see the evening events section on the MAX website..
  • If you would like to stop by and say hello, I will be at the platform demo station located in the Adobe booth on Monday (10/5) from 2:00PM – 4:00PM and Wednesday (10/7) from 1:30PM – 3:30PM. Please stop by to introduce yourself and tell me more about what you are working on. If you are not able to catch me, drop me a note on Twitter (@robchristensen) and we can try and meet-up.

Additional Details on AIR Team MAX Sessions

What’s Coming in Adobe AIR 2 by Christian Cantrell

Adobe AIR allows developers to build rich Internet applications (RIAs) that run outside the browser on multiple operating systems. In this session, you will learn about the planned capabilities of the upcoming release of Adobe AIR 2.

Designing Applications for Desktops and Mobile Devices with Adobe AIR by Arno Gourdol

See how Adobe AIR has made it possible for web developers to build cross-platform desktop applications. Learn how the platform is expanding to enable the delivery of applications not just for desktop operating systems, but also for mobile devices.

Building Mobile Applications with Adobe AIR by Aditya Bansod (2 sessions)

Learn how Adobe is working to bring Adobe AIR development out of the desktop and onto a mobile phone near you. We will cover how the AIR SDK and platform will evolve to add capabilities to help developers mobile enable, test, and publish their content. Mobile computing and mobile applications provide publishers and developers with exciting opportunities to get their products into the pockets of millions of people.

Explore Deployment and Distribution Options for Adobe AIR Applications by Oliver Goldman

Learn how to get your AIR applications to your users and how to keep them up to date. We will discuss important considerations for distribution on the Internet or an intranet, including impacts on your auto-update mechanism. We will cover existing deployment options such as badge installation and IBM Tivoli support. Finally, we will explore the new deployment options that will be available in Adobe AIR 2, including the native installer support required to use some of the advanced new AIR 2 APIs.

The Future of Digital Publishing: Delivering News through Adobe AIR by Jeremy Clark

Learn from Jeremy Clark of Adobe’s Experience Design team how his group has leveraged Adobe AIR, Flex, and the Text Layout Framework (now in beta on Adobe Labs) to help the New York Times and others reach new and existing customers with a revolutionary desktop news application.

HP releases an Adobe AIR app that helps students research colleges


HP recently released a new Adobe AIR application called the US News Best 100 Colleges and Universities 2010 to promote its HP TouchSmart PC. The application is designed to help students and parents research information about colleges and universities tracked by US News.

As I was using this application for the first time, something that immediately struck me was that the user interface is designed with touch in mind. For example, controls such as buttons and sliders are displayed larger than what you would typically find in a typical desktop application. This improves the usability of the application since smaller controls require greater precision of touch by the user. The interface is both clean and engaging. Video interviews with current students complement the statistics by adding a human element to the research.

If you do not have a touch screen, you can still use this application with a mouse though the experience is definitely optimized for a touch screen.

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Check out Adobe AIR videos on Adobe TV


The Adobe TV team relaunched its website yesterday and there are a number of significant updates to the website including:

  • User-customizable homepage
  • Vastly improved navigation & search
  • Save your favorite episodes to “My Library”
  • Share videos on social networking sites such as Facebook, Digg, and StumbleUpon
  • Subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite shows
  • Pop-out video player to view videos at any size
  • Commenting & Rating
  • Tags

If you are developer building applications outside of the browser with AIR, please check out the Adobe AIR section and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. If there are additional videos you would like to see, we’d love to hear your requests.

Here is a sample of one of the videos available on Adobe TV from Danny Dura, a platform evangelist at Adobe, titled "Using the local database functionality in Adobe AIR". There is also a selection of customer success stories available as well.

Napkee Generates Code From Balsamiq Mockups

Napkee is a new application powered by Adobe AIR that lets you "export Balsamiq Mockups to HTML/CSS/JS and Adobe Flex 3 at a click of a button." Be sure to check out the tutorial video to see how it works. Congratulations to the Napkee team on its recent release.