Several weeks back, Adobe evangelist Greg Wilson and Flex guru Holly Schinsky demonstrated an early prototype of an application called Adobe AIR Launchpad that they were planning to release publicly. Launchpad, built using Adobe AIR, was designed to significantly reduce the time to development new AIR apps by generating useful code snippets common to many AIR applications.
For example, Launchpad allows you to set whether:
- the default application window is centered
- the default application window can be resized, minimized or maximized
- the application supports automatic updating
- the application detects network status changes
- the application uses a default preferences file
- the application uses native menus
In addition, you can add optional code snippets to your project to help get you started including sample code for:
- Drag and drop
- Local database
- Displaying PDFs
- Clipboard access
- Native process
- Detecting mass storage devices
Just a few weeks later, Greg announced on his blog that the application was available for download. Once you complete the application wizard and generate your code, a project file will be created that includes all the necessary files to build your customized AIR app. This project can then be imported into Flash Builder.
In addition, James Ward, enterprise evangelist at Adobe, recorded an excellent overview of Launchpad:
- James Ward’s Blog – Adobe AIR Launchpad Intro Video
- Marcel Boucher’s ‘Mind the Gap’ Adobe blog
- Michael Chaize’s RIAGora blog
This is a very exciting concept and I look forward to seeing your feedback and seeing how Launchpad evolves over time. Hopefully it will help make many of you more efficient when you are starting the development of a new AIR application. Congratulations to Greg and Holly for building this out in record time!