Adobe AIR Launchpad accelerates app development

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
  • Sockets
  • 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.

Note that LaunchPad currently does not support HTML/JavaScript. If you would like to see this application enhanced to support HTML/JavaScript, AIR for Android or anything else, please leave a note on Greg’s blog post.

In addition, James Ward, enterprise evangelist at Adobe, recorded an excellent overview of Launchpad:

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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!

2 Responses to Adobe AIR Launchpad accelerates app development

  1. derek knox says:

    Very cool timer saver, I would love to see this enhanced for AIR for Android for sure.

  2. Jerry W. Mcleod says:

    Man, you guys are really good. Just viewed your video and I don’t believe the available technology you guys come up with. Getting ready to go to Adobe Labs and see if I can download the LaunchPad application. I hope I can get it to work as easily as you did. My primary concern is this. I would like to send a personal friend of mine an Air Application that houses or can access a Microsoft Word Document. For example, if he is on a plane, he would like to be able to go to his laptop, access the Air application that’s on his desktop and read the word document. No editing or printing is necessary. Just the ability to access the document and read it. Is this functionality possible with the Air LaunchPad? Even if I the document has to be in PDF, that’s OK too. What would be the best way to accomplish this. Could you direct me to a specific tutorial that might help me along with this.

    Jerry McLeod