Posts in Category "Success Stories"

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

Adobe Wins Top Honors for the V.A. Blue Button Solution for Health Records

Mike Jackson announced on the Adobe Government Bits blog that Adobe recently won top honors in a competition related to the V.A. Blue Button solution for health records. For additional information on how Adobe AIR was used to create a real-time interface for this solution, please be sure to check out Mike’s blog post.

Congratulations to the team that developed this gorgeously designed application!

FOX promotes upcoming Alien Anthology using Adobe AIR app

To promote the upcoming release of the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray, FOX released an interactive, promotional application powered by Adobe AIR and built by Oskoui+Oskoui.

The application includes a number of features that fans of the Alien franchise are bound to enjoy including an image gallery where you can discover unique photos and concept art from the films, listen to musical tracks from the soundtrack, watch video clips including trailers and customize the "wallpaper" within the application.

Congratulations to the team at Oskoui+Oskoui for building another engaging application that Alien fans around the world are sure to enjoy! Earlier this year, the team also built the Avatar Interactive Desktop to promote the launch of Avatar on Blu-ray & DVD.

The application is available for download from the official Alien Anthology website.

Screenshots below:

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National Geographic Releases Engaging App Built By EffectiveUI and Powered by Adobe AIR

Congratulations to the teams at National Geographic and EffectiveUI for releasing The Complete National Geographic! The complete collection contains every issue of National Geographic magazine, digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution. Users of the application can explore a topic, search for photographs, browse the globe, or create their own own expedition. Adobe AIR was used as core technology in helping to bring this application to life. The team at EffectiveUI developed a success story that highlights key capabilities of the application.

In addition, the official website from National Geographic provides additional details on the features of the application.

Explore 120 years of amazing discoveries, fascinating maps, and the world’s best photography with The Complete National Geographic. This definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine, digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, brings you the world and all that is in it. Use the advanced interface to explore a topic, search for photographs, browse the globe, or wander on your own expedition. Order The Complete National Geographic now!

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