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Flash to AIR for Android in 10 minutes!

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Over the last few days, developers in the Adobe AIR for Android private beta started creating AIR applications for the Android OS. Using existing code from Flash applications or their AIR applications created for the iPhone, developers were able to create applications in just a few short hours and for one developer in just 10 minutes! Here are a few quotes found on the blogs of our private beta developers:

“It literally took me 10 minutes to compile for Android, and get the game on my new Nexus One phone”
-Alan Queen

“Performance-wise, AIR for Android is fast. With barely any work on my part, I got my three existing mobile games running in AIR for Android.”
-Josh Tynjala

“Well with no code changes, about 2 hours to have the graphics tweaked (thanks to @pneal), I was able to port Happy Peg over to Android.”
-Matthew Keefe

“My Nexus One arrived yesterday (FedEx Saturday delivery FTW) about 4pm, and I had Fruit Smash Organic ported to the device and running beautifully by 7pm! That includes downloading and installing the SDKs, walking through a Hello World tutorial, charging the device for a little while, and making some minor code edits.”
-Jobe Makar

For business reasons, Apple recently updated the terms of their iPhone developer program license which now restricts applications built with Adobe technology and other 3rd party technologies to be distributed in the Apple App Store. As a result of this business decision our customers will no longer be able to distribute their apps in the Apple App Store but not to worry since Adobe is committed to our developers and we will continue to support multi-screen and multi-platform content creation. This week Andy Rubin, Google VP of Engineering, made a guest post on the Adobe Featured blog stating Google’s commitment to bringing Flash and AIR to Android-based devices. With the continued support from OSP partners and the ubiquity and flexibility of the Adobe Flash Platform the possibilities are endless for our customers.

Listed below are a few blog posts and videos from some our developers who have created AIR for Android apps in the last few days from the AIR apps they originally developed for the iPhone. You may have already seen some of these in my colleague Lee Brimelow’s previous blog post. Just imagine how easy it will be in the future to create desktop and mobile apps with Adobe AIR.

AS3TV
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BaoZi Jump!
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BlogRadio
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CavityFree 3D
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Chroma Circuit
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Dermoscopy Tutorial
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Digit Cards
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Fruit Smash Organic
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Gold Strike
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Happy Peg
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Innocent Angel
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Magenn
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Mahjong
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Mingoville Sudoku
Blog
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MoaiMawashi
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Moobix
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PlayNLearn
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Pop Pies
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Qrossfire
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SketchNSave
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Slots O’Luck
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SpriteABC
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StarMatchABC
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StudyShuffler
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The Producer
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Tik Tak Zoo
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Tiny Dot Edit
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Vasectomy App
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World Geography Hangman
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Brush
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First Aid
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mWine
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mytoons
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Nabdroid
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If you are interested in creating AIR applications for Android and would like to be notified regarding the AIR for Android Beta please sign-up to be notified

Thank you for your continued help and support. In addition to our blog, please be sure to follow us on Twitter for AIR-related updates.

Michael Hu -
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Adobe Flash Platform

Transforming the Magazine Experience With Wired and AIR

Adobe and Wired magazine just introduced a new digital magazine concept that provides an immersive, interactive content experience for readers as well as innovative possibilities for advertisers. The video above provides an excellent overview of the collaboration and includes interviews with some of the individuals leading this project at both Wired and Adobe.

Adobe AIR was used to develop the prototype of the application unveiled by Chris Anderson (Wired) and Jeremy Clark (Adobe) at the TED conference last week. For additional information on the concept, please see the post by Introducing a New Digital Magazine Experience on Adobe Digital Publishing blog.

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JavaScript Memory and CPU Profiling in Adobe AIR 2

One of the biggest challenges our team continued to hear from JavaScript developers using Adobe AIR 1.5 was that it was too difficult to track down CPU and memory issues within their HTML-based AIR applications. To help JavaScript developers detect and resolve these issues, we have introduced new runtime support for CPU and memory profiling of HTML-based AIR applications in the Adobe AIR 2 beta.

By doing so, tools like Aptana Studio can build powerful features that make analyzing memory and CPU usage of JavaScript execution within an AIR app a breeze. In the video above, Paul Colton, CEO of Aptana, provides an overview of how Aptana Studio is able to take advantage of the new runtime support and build powerful new features to assist developers in tracking down performance issues.

Some of the features included in the new Adobe AIR 2 Beta Plug-In for Aptana Studio include:

  • Live Objects View
    • Shows current information about how much current and cumulative memory is used by the application
    • Shows the number of current and cumulative instances of objects
  • Memory Usage View
    • Peak memory used
    • Current memory used
  • Memory Snapshot and Object References Views
    • Captures the number of class instances as well as memory used at a point in time
    • Select an object to view its references
    • Allocation trace information reveals where the objects are allocated
  • Loitering Objects View
    • Displays the memory usage difference between two memory snapshots
    • Helps detect loitering objects that are still present
  • Performance Profile View
    • Displays a list of all method calls along with amount of time for each to run
  • Method Statistics View
    • Presents information on the callers and callees of a function including statistics
    • Quickly navigate to location of the function in the code

Both Adobe AIR 2 and Adobe AIR 2 Beta Plug-in for Aptana Studio are currently in beta. If you run into issues or have feature requests, both the Adobe and Aptana teams would appreciate hearing your feedback on these new capabilities.

Next steps:

  1. Watch the tutorial video for a quick introduction on the new profiler capabilities
  2. Download the Adobe AIR 2 Beta Plug-In
  3. Discuss the feature on the Adobe AIR 2 Beta forums or post a comment below

Note: For Flex and Flash developers, support for application profiling has been available in Adobe Flex Builder for some time. We are very excited to bring this support to JavaScript developers as well.

Adobe AIR 1.5 Supports Windows 7

We are pleased to announce that the current version of Adobe AIR (1.5.2) supports Windows 7. For additional information on supported operating systems, please see our Adobe AIR system requirements page.

MLB.com Releases Desktop App Powered by Adobe AIR

Major League Baseball released an Adobe AIR application called MLB.com OnBase. The application provides information about your favorite baseball teams including news, recent comments on Twitter, scores, schedule information and more. You can also configure the application to display desktop notifications when news is posted about your favorite teams (be the first to know!). You can post directly to your Twitter account from the application as well. Congratulations to the team that at MLB that created MLB.com OnBase!

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Adobe AIR 1.5.2 Now Available

We are pleased to announce that Adobe AIR 1.5.2 is now available for download. Adobe AIR 1.5.2 is a minor update that includes bug fixes related to reliability, compatibility and security. For additional details on changes from the previous release (AIR 1.5.1) including bug fixes, API changes and known issues, please see the Adobe AIR 1.5.2 developer release notes.

In addition, I encourage developers building AIR applications to read the article "Overview of the Flash Player 10.0.32 Security Update" on the Adobe Developer Connection website. This article describes some of the security-related enhancements related to both Flash Player 10.0.32 (also just released) and Adobe AIR 1.5.2.

What are we up to next? We are continuing to work hard on the next major release of Adobe AIR and we’re looking forward to sharing more details including teaser demos soon. If you have feedback on AIR 1.5.2 or in general, please let us know by dropping us a note directly using our feedback form or on the Adobe AIR discussion forum. We greatly appreciate hearing feedback from the community!

We Choose the Moon: 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Tom Barclay and I visited the folks at Domani Studios in Brooklyn today and
they showed us www.wechoosethemoon.org
which is part of a great new campaign celebrating the 40th anniversary
of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

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As a member of the Apollo
team here at Adobe, I personally thought the subject matter was really exciting. And hte site showcases a huge collection of video and photos from the JFK presidential library. Domani also did a great job with some 3-D video flyovers of the shuttle – you can click to zoom around as the rocket is waiting to be launched.

But as a current member of the Adobe AIR team, what I really like about the site is how they are providing a widget that extends the experience beyond their own website. There is a simple “get the widget” button that allows you to download and install a widget and track a replay of the launch in real time.

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The widget can be installed as an AIR application, as well as embedded directly into your MySpace or Facebook page. It provides a countdown timer, a bit of information about the status of a real-time replay of the mission, and ties into twitter to make the experience even more social.

Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more examples of these types of applications that use Flash to deliver an application in the browser, beyond the browser and across social networks.

The 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch is Thursday at 9:23 am ET, and the “landing” is on Monday – so go check out www.wechoosethemoon.org today.

Adobe AIR now installed over 200 million times

During the Flash Camp Keynote in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch mentioned that AIR reached over 200 million installs. We’ve gotten some questions from developers about that number, so this is a quick post to confirm that as of June 1, 2009, AIR has been installed on over 200 million desktop computers worldwide.

With 100 million installs in the first 10 months of availability, and 200 million in just 16 months the rate of adoption continues to accelerate as more applications are developed and come to market.

The Acrobat.com application built by Adobe and provided with Adobe Reader continues to be one of the most popular applications. Many of the early adopters like TweetDeck and eBay Desktop continue to be broadly used and we’re seeing many new applications that are gaining popularity including:

In addition to those large brands, we’re excited by the smaller companies that are achieving incredible reach with their applications. Seesmic Desktop now says they are getting about 10,000 downloads a day driven by their integration with Facebook and Twitter.

It’s also exciting to see enterprises widely adopting Adobe AIR. So far, these applications aren’t driving as many installs of the runtime as the media and social applications, but they are helping to confirm the reach the Flash Platform has established in the enterprise. We’ve recently talked about the improved integration with Salesforce, seen Oracle using Adobe AIR to deliver CRM widgets , and discovered that SAP xCelsius provides support for AIR. We’re also starting to see ISVs deliver applications to the enterprise on Adobe AIR:

And finally, for folks who have asked how AIR is gaining traction in the government, I want to share one of my favorite apps. The Finance Ministry in Poland built an AIR application to assist their citizens in filing their income taxes.

HP Green Initiative Powered by Adobe AIR

hppower2.jpgHP launched a new, global green initiative called Power to Change that is powered by Adobe AIR. The campaign encourages users to download a new desktop widget that records the cumulative energy savings associated with participants turning off idle PCs when not in use. From the Power to Change website:

"With Power To Change, you can help make the world a greener place. The simple act of turning off your computer can help reduce energy waste, curb carbon emissions and save money."

The cumulative savings is then shared in a number of ways including a widget (see below). This is a very creative approach to not only promoting a green message, but also to encourage participation from users of the application. My favorite feature: the application can remind you when it is time to leave work so that you remember to turn of your computer.

Be sure to check out the HP PowertoChange blog for more details including an excellent post titled 9 Tips to ‘Green’ Your Office.

FlashCamp San Francisco Announced

Update: Apologies, but this event has already sold out.

Mike Chambers just posted information on FlashCamp in San Francisco taking place on May 29th. If you are planning on being in the San Francisco area, be sure to register while space is available!

From the event page:

FlashCamp San Francisco is a free one night event hosted by Adobe covering everything you need to know about getting started with building and designing rich Internet applications (RIAs) with Flex 4, Flex Builder 4 and Flash Catalyst.