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/](http://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](http://www.graphic.ly): a splendid comics book reader that connects people who love sharing their passion about graphic novels
* [The complete National Geographic](http://www.nationalgeographic.com/completeng/): 120 years of National Geographic magazine at your fingertips in stunning digital clarity
* [Moviefone](http://www.moviefone.com/syndication/top‐hd‐trailers‐app): the latest HD movie trailers in outstanding quality
* [The Simpsons unleashed](http://www.thesimpsons.com/unleashed/): experience The Simpsons like never before as the characters come alive and interact with you on your desktop.
* [Adobe Story](http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/cslive/): 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](http://www.trimagination.com/)

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 “ 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](http://www.intuitspheres.com/cfusion/), a messaging and file sharing application.

# FIND OUT MORE

Use the following resources to learn more about AIR 2:

* Attend a webinar: [Going Multi‐Screen with the Flash Platform](http://www.adobe.com/go/multiscreen), June 22‐24
* Read the AIR 2 [release notes](http://www.adobe.com/go/air2_release_notes_dev)
* Read in‐depth articles on AIR 2 at the [Adobe Developer Center](http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air/)
* Try or buy [Flash Professional CS5](http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/?promoid=BPDEE) and [Flash Builder 4](http://www.adobe.com/products/flashbuilder/) as well as [Dreamweaver CS5](http://www.adobe.com/go/getair_dreamweaver) ‐‐ all already include support for the AIR 2 SDK.
* Tell us what you’d like to see in future versions of AIR at [ideas.adobe.com](http://ideas.adobe.com)
* Sign‐up for the AIR for Android [developer pre‐release program](http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air2/android/)

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/](http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/) and read the Flash Player team’s [blog post](http://blogs.adobe.com/flashplayer/) about the new release.

32 Responses to Adobe AIR 2 Now Available!

  1. seltzered says:

    Will the nativeprocess api allow me to interact with a usb driver when the application is installed locally?

  2. The native process allows you to build an AIR application that communicates with other applications using a command line interface.

    Here is a great quickstart to explore in order to learn more about this new capability:
    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air/flex/quickstart/interacting_with_native_process.html

  3. Erik Sebellin-ross says:

    Is there any chance of getting Air to install without requiring administrative rights? If it’s a matter of needing access to the registry or something, can we get a “lite” version or something equivalent for us poor office workers who don’t get the support they need from their IT departments to do their jobs more effectively?

  4. Nathan says:

    Thanks to AIR team for this great release.. ;)

    @Erik Sebellin-ross

    Much needed one.. Thanks for posting that question.

  5. @Erik Sebellin-Ross – This is something we are considering for a feature release. If you or anyone else feels this is important, please vote on it here: http://ideas.adobe.com/ct/ct_a_view_idea.bix?c=9D564F43-979A-4E35-AA21-85A61B6AB8DE&idea_id=DC3076DB-3A30-4DBB-BA60-588F4E7D7563

  6. Apphacker says:

    A much needed feature is a better introspecter. A console similar to Firebug and actual debugging of JavaScript applications would be a very nice thing to have. It look slike the introspecter has improved not at all in AIR 2.

  7. Bob says:

    How do I know I have the latest Adobe Air?
    I got this notice that I needed to update Adobe Air.
    http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA10-162A.html
    I thought update was automatic? Adobe has version test pages that I find very helpful when I find out updates are available for shockwave & Flash. I cannot find version test page for Adobe Air.
    Is there a way to test if I have the latest Adobe Air?

  8. Panico says:

    C’mon here in Italy is already 15 june!
    We want Air 2 sdk!

  9. Panico says:

    16 june…

  10. If anyone at adobe is listening,we are seeing serious issues with mouse wheel events being dropped (not delayed) during the normal run of an application running under AIR 2.0.2. The same application performs perfectly under the AIR 1.5.3 runtime.

    Please contact me directly at torkristensen@gmail.com or tor@lila.io if you need files to reproduce this.

  11. Adobe AIR – this version is much better, I am very happy. Only почемуто automatic updating on avtoindent.ru has not passed, like all has made correctly. Has bought and is happy.

  12. Igor says:

    Since AIR version 2.0.2 noticeably decreased performance of applications, decreased the smooth of animation in components, such as Accordion, AdvancedDataGrid.

  13. Arno Gourdol says:

    Thanks for reporting this issue. We have received a few reports of this issue and are investigating a solution. We plan to release an update of the runtime in the next few weeks.

  14. Igor says:

    Arno thanks for attention! Air runtime 2.0.3 update is available now, and as you promised, the perfomance has increased! ))
    But still noticeable a difference in performance under Windows XP and Windows 7 64 bit. It is possible under Win 7 performance is lower due to emulation of the 32 bit environment. Based on the fact that the popularity of Win 7 is growing every day, we would like to see equally good performance under both OS. Thank you!

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  17. The Simpsons says:

    Matt groening is awsome, The simpsons is anotehr great show, Along with futurama

  18. david hunter says:

    hi,

    how to i update my Flash CS3 copy to use AIR 2? I have downloaded the package, unzipped it and replaced the files in my AIK folder but it is not understanding the new classes.

    Help!

  19. C.C. Collins says:

    From the above post it seems like windows7 performance lags XP, or did. I wonder if that is still the case?

  20. Rui Cruz says:

    Hi AIR Team,

    We are facing huge problems on loading big files on systems that have installed air 2.0.3!

    Loading on 2.0.2 and under there is no problem, but on 2.0.3 the Event.Complete is not fired!! Please check this issue ASAP because we have thousands of applications installed all over the world and we cannot support/test because the sdk of 2.0.3 will not be released according to this http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/air/2_0_3/releasenotes_developers.html#4.1.

    We tried to change the loading methods by FileStream.loadbytes, File.load, Loader.load etc, etc..

    Please help on this, we don’t know what to do anymore!

    Best regards,
    Rui Cruz

  21. Magaly Moyes says:

    Good article, thanks. Would you expand on the second point in more detail please?

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  28. Nick says:

    Thanks for reporting this issue. We have received a few reports of this issue and are investigating a solution. We plan to release an update of the runtime in the next few weeks.

  29. MIkrob says:

    A much needed feature is a better introspecter. A console similar to Firebug and actual debugging of JavaScript applications would be a very nice thing to have. It look slike the introspecter has improved not at all in AIR 2.

  30. Tradinul says:

    Adobe AIR – this version is much better, I am very happy. Only почемуто automatic updating on avtoindent.ru has not passed, like all has made correctly. Has bought and is happy.

  31. Tradinul says:

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  32. Paranit says:

    A much needed feature is a better introspecter. A console similar to Firebug and actual debugging of JavaScript applications would be a very nice thing to have. It look slike the introspecter has improved not at all in AIR 2.