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Adobe AIR 2.6 SDK now available with enhanced iOS support!

Adobe is pleased to announce the availability of the Adobe® AIR® 2.6 SDK and AIR® 2.6 desktop runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux. With AIR 2.6, AIR achieves feature parity for Android and iOS platforms. This new release provides major performance and feature enhancements for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) app development as well as updates for Android and desktop app development.

The AIR 2.6 for Android runtime was released on February 25, 2011, to the Android Market to support the Content Viewer for Android and announcement of Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite , and new Android tablets running on Android 3.0. Currently over 1,900 AIR applications for Android are available in the Android Market.

“Adobe AIR 2.6 enables me to develop once and publish across multiple platforms. There are slight tweaks required for each platform (Android vs iOS) but we’re talking about a few minutes not weeks. The majority of the optimizations revolve around screen sizes which would be an issue regardless of the development tool. If I were targeting Android and iOS natively vs Adobe AIR I would expect my costs to be at least 80% higher; and much closer to 100 – 150% higher should maintenance and updates be required for each platform.”

-Charlie Schulze, President and co-founder, Woven Interactive, LLC

Video: Watch Charlie Schulze’s demo of “Comb Over Charlie” a multiscreen app (Android and iOS smartphones, tablets and Windows laptop) developed using AIR.

New Features in AIR 2.6 for iOS and Android

AIR for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)

“I’m now getting 60 fps on an iPhone 3GS, it’s smoother than Packager for iPhone too!”

-Kevin Newman, Senior Developer, adcSTUDIO

“My project uses things like vector graphics, blend modes, and filters. In the past, many effects needed to be removed or altered for iOS to achieve decent performance. This gargantuan improvement means that I can now use the same project to target both iOS and Android. It’s likely to save me many hours of time previously spent on optimization.”

-Josh Tynjala, Founder, Bowler Hat Games

  • Updated AIR for iOS support with improved performance. Developers can take advantage of new features in iOS 4 like multitasking, Retina display support for higher screen resolutions, and front and back camera support. Developers can now build applications that capture audio with microphone support and take advantage of the same graphics hardware method used in AIR for Android using OpenGL ES 2 for high performance graphics.
  • Packager for iPhone (PFI) is now replaced with functionality integrated with AIR Developer Tool (ADT) a command-line tool for compiling applications in the AIR SDK. ADT can now be used to package AIR files, native desktop installers, AIR applications for Android and iOS.

Video: Learn more about what’s new in AIR 2.6 for iOS in this short video with Ryan Stewart, Senior Technical Evangelist.

AIR for Android

“I was blown away with how much AIR has grown in API support for Android and iOS as well as the improvements in speed. This is just amazing.”

-Boz Bundalo, Creative Director / Chief Technology Officer, Republic Project

  • Submit apps to be included in the Amazon Appstore for Android when the store launches.  Companies now have an additional distribution option with one of the largest online shopping destinations on the web. Learn more in Christian Cantrell’s blog post “AIR 2.6 Applications and the Amazon Appstore for Android”.
  • USB debugging was added as an additional debugging option to WiFi. Learn more about AIR 2.6 features for mobile and desktop please read Scott Castle’s article“What’s new in AIR 2.6″.

Links and Resources

Video: Learn more about the business benefits of deploying Adobe AIR apps for a wide range of devices such as smartphones, tablets, TVs and desktop with Ryan Stewart.

Learn more about selling your apps in the Amazon Appstore Developer Portal.

Downloads: AIR 2.6 SDK and AIR 2.6 Desktop Runtime

KIDO’Z TV Launches Android application powered by Adobe AIR

The developers of KIDO’Z recently released the first version of its Android application on the Android Market. If you are not familiar with KIDO’Z, the software provides a kid safe environment that allows children to surf their favorite sites, watch videos, play games, send emails, create and communicate — all without knowing how to read and write.

While the mobile application is built using the recently added Android support available in Adobe AIR 2.5, KIDO’Z was an early adopter of Adobe AIR and released its desktop application back in November of 2008. This is a terrific example of how developers can take advantage of their existing investments (skills, code, tools, design assets, and user experience) to build engaging experiences across devices. Congratulations to the team at KIDO’Z on the launch!

Features of the the Android application include:

  • Preloaded with many kid-friendly videos
  • Videos sorted into channels including:
    • Movies channel
    • Funny Stuff channel
    • Cartoon channel
    • Fun channel
    • "How To" channel
    • Science channel
  • New content added on a regular basis.
  • Kids can easily create their own Play List with their favorite videos

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Adobe AIR 2.5 is Now Available!

Adobe is pleased to announce at the Adobe MAX 2010 conference the availability of Adobe AIR 2.5 for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems.  Adobe AIR 2.5 now supports:

  • Smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry® Tablet OS, Android™ and iOS
  • Desktops running on Windows®, Macintosh and Linux® operating systems
  • Televisions with Samsung as the first television manufacturer to ship Adobe AIR in its line of Samsung SmartTV devices

Also device manufactures Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the AIR runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011.   A list of mobile devices that meet the AIR system requirements can be found on Adobe.com.

Now with the Flash Platform, developers can use their existing web skills and reuse common code across devices and platforms to develop applications, content and video for the web on both personal computers and mobile devices or build standalone applications that run outside the browser on a wide range of devices, including TVs.

In just two short weeks after the AIR runtime was released on the Android Market, hundreds of AIR apps are already available in the Android Market for smartphones and tablets with AIR currently ranked 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Android Market.  In addition, AIR apps are also available in Apple’s App Store.  You can visit AppBrain for a list of AIR apps for Android currently available on the Android Market.  This is what a few of our customers had to say about AIR 2.5:

Associated Press:  “The Associated Press is very pleased using Adobe AIR to make some of our features covering the upcoming midterm elections available on the iPhone and Android devices.”

- Brian R. Scanlon, Director, Election Services, The Associated Press

Emantras:  The ROI and resource savings to create applications with Adobe AIR and the Flash Platform is truly game changing. It is the only solution available that allows you to reuse code to target smartphones, tablets, desktops, and TV’s. The ability to deliver elearning content on multiple devices makes learning accessible to just about everyone.

- Sesh Kumar, CEO, Emantras Inc.

South Park Digital Studios: “With Adobe AIR 2.5, we were able to leverage existing code to quickly launch a new version of our popular South Park Avatar Creator across multiple platforms, letting our fans create their own South Park alter ego on the web or their Android smartphones and tablets.”

-Greg Kampanis, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy and Operations, South Park Studios

MixMatchMusic: With Adobe AIR we use the same code for desktops, tablets and smart phones, which saves us time, money and provides efficiencies of deployment. Then, we can quickly and efficiently distribute these apps through Adobe’s application distribution service, Adobe InMarket.

- Charles Feinn, CEO and co-founder of MixMatchMusic, developer of the MobBase mobile app service

You can learn more about all the new features for television, mobile and desktop devices in the article “What’s new in AIR 2.5” written by the AIR product management team and if you can’t join us at MAX you can attend MAX virtually by watching the keynote speech live.  Here is the schedule of the MAX live broadcasts:

  • Welcome to the Revolution:  Monday, October 25, 9:30 am-11:30 am PDT
  • User Experience: The Next Generation:  Tuesday, October 26, 10:00 am-12:00 pm PDT

Finally, Adobe also announced two additional pieces of AIR related news.  First, an update to the open source Flex framework and a preview release of Flash Builder that will enable developers to now build applications for mobile devices as well as desktops and TVs.   Also, Adobe InMarket™, a new service that allows developers to easily distribute and sell their applications on app stores across different device types on app stores from Acer, Intel, and others is now available.

Stay tuned this week for more exciting information from the MAX conference and new about AIR.

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Disney Releases Preschool Time Online Powered by Adobe AIR

Disney Preschool Time Online is an online destination, which offers rich learning adventures that automatically adjust to children’s skill levels through interactive play. The application offers an ad-free,  full-screen environment that can be password protected, making it safe for kids to play.

Powered by Adobe AIR, Preschool Time Online includes a 14-day free trial. According to the website, new content is made available every two weeks. In addition to engaging content featuring popular Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, parents can track how their children are progressing across a range of learning areas including reading, math, Spanish, thinking skills, social skills and computer skills.

To see the application for yourself, you can download it now from the Disney Preschool Time Online website. Our congratulations to the team at Disney that developed an amazing educational application!

Shutterfly releases new Express Uploader built with Adobe AIR

Shutterfly recently released a new application called the Express Uploader that makes it very easy for their customers to upload images to a Shutterfly account. Once uploaded, the existing Shutterfly can be used to turn albums into prints, photo books, calendars and more.

The application is powered by Adobe AIR and leverages new capabilities available in our most recent version of the AIR runtime (version 2) including integration with native code using the native process API. Congratulations to the team at Shutterfly on the launch of the desktop application!

Anumber of popular uploading tools are now powered by AIR including the Vimeo uploader that we highlighted in an earlier blog post.

Screenshots below:

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Photos can be queued up for uploading and associated with new or existing albums.

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The intuitive, clean design makes uploading a breeze.

Adobe – Intel Application Lab

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Distributing and Monetizing Adobe AIR Apps

On July 21, learn what Adobe and Intel are doing to help you distribute and monetize your AIR applications by understanding the business opportunities and discovering how you can take advantage of the service immediately. Learn more and register today.

Adobe Story: A Collaborative Tool for Screenwriting

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Adobe Story is a new collaborative tool designed for writing scripts and screenplays and is a part of the new CS Live online services. Story includes a number of powerful productivity features including collaborative screenwriting, auto-completion tools, Adobe Premiere CS5 and OnLocation integration, scene tagging and many more.

Using Adobe Story, screenwriters have the option of either using a web browser or a desktop application powered by Adobe AIR to access the application.

The video demonstration below provides an excellent tutorial on Adobe Story including a demonstration of the AIR app. This is another stunning application of the types of advanced applications that can be built, in part, with Flash Player and AIR. Congratulations to the Adobe Story team for its public release of a terrific new tool!

Adobe Dreamweaver Team Released Widget Browser Powered by Adobe AIR

The Dreamweaver team recently released the Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser on Labs that allows web developers to quickly build out rich visual interfaces using JavaScript and CSS. With the Widget Browser, you can quickly preview and download OpennAjax widgets available on the Adobe Exchange. Once downloaded, you can add widgets to Dreamweaver CS5 and easily insert them within your web pages. If you are interested in adding your own widgets, the Dreamweaver team released a developer’s guide that provides all of the details you need to get started.

The video above by James Williamson provides an excellent overview of how the Widget Browser works. The application is powered by Adobe AIR and the Flex SDK.

Note: While you can download the Widget Browser and browser the available widgets, you will need to use Dreamweaver CS5 in order to take advantage of many of the features described above.

HipChat Supercharges Chat With Adobe AIR Powered Collaboration Service

Today, I had the pleasure of connecting with the talented team at HipChat, developers of a new instant messaging service. HipChat is designed to help companies easily collaborate on projects using chat rooms and file sharing. The video above provides an excellent overview of the service and demonstrates the desktop application powered by Adobe AIR (users can also use a web interface).

From the HipChat website, features include:

  • File sharing and storage. Share PDFs, mockups, and documents for instant feedback. Access them any time from the HipChat client or on the web.
  • Chat rooms. Use rooms for departments, teams, or projects. Rooms can be open for anyone to join, or private for only invited members.
  • One-on-one messaging. Have side conversations with your teammates. You’ll have chat history and file sharing to help you keep track.
  • Notifications. Customize HipChat alerts with sounds, flashes, and pop-ups. Get someone’s attention by typing @name.
  • Chat and file history. HipChat automatically saves your conversations and files. Never forget who said what, and when. Access history anywhere you have internet
  • Emoticons. Express yourself using emoticons.
  • Spell checking. HipChat will keep you from embarrassing yourself in front of your team members (at least spelling-wise).
  • … explore additional features on the HipChat website

If you are interested in checking out the service, it is free for 30 days and you can sign-up here.Congratulations to the team! It is great to see another company targeting the enterprise with a service that includes an AIR application.

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Graphic.ly Releases Stunning Alpha Application

Congratulation to the team at Graphic.ly for releasing an alpha version of their upcoming desktop application powered by Adobe AIR. If you are or ever have been a fan of comic books, you simply must download this application and take it for a spin.

Features of the desktop application include:

  • An application store that allows you to browse and purchase comic books (several are currently offered for free!)
  • An activity feed that displays what others in the Graphic.ly community are reading and rating
  • A built-in achievement system that recognizes users for discovering new features
  • A beautiful, full-screen interface for navigating the pages and individual frames of a comic book
  • A social feature that allows you to write comments on individual frames that others in the community can read

The Graphic.ly team describes what they are building as a "a cutting-edge community and digital content delivery platform for comic books, graphic novels and other forms of publishing." I am looking forward to seeing feature iterations of the application; especially as Graphic.ly becomes available on new types of devices.

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