One of the new capabilities that will be available in our upcoming beta release of Adobe AIR 2 will allow developers to build applications that can detect the mounting and unmounting of mass storage devices. What is a mass storage device? Examples of such devices include USB flash drives, hard drives and certain models of MP3 players and cameras such as the popular Flip HD video cameras. Using these new API’s, developers will be possible to build new classes of applications that were not possible in AIR 1. For example, it is now possible for a developer to build an applications that automatically synchronizes data between a local hard drive (or in the cloud) and a mass storage device.
Christian Cantrell, a member of the Adobe AIR team, posted an excellent blog post with code samples where he provides example code how these new API’s will work. In addition, he also recorded a demo of an AIR 2 application he made available as open source called FileTile.
Andrew Trice of Cynergy Systems recently wrote a blog post summarizing his experiences building multi-touch applications using Adobe Flex and an early version of Adobe AIR 2. In his post, he shares a number of excellent video demonstrations, code samples and design considerations that developers thinking about multi-touch development may find valuable.
In addition, Dave Wolf, also of Cynergy Systems, wrote a blog post discussing the development of an application for the Adobe MAX keynote. At MAX, Dave recorded a video demonstration of that application from the event floor that I have embedded below.
Lastly, if you are interested in learning more about multi-touch, please be sure to watch Andrew’s talk titled "Multi-touch Development with Adobe Flex" that he presented at Adobe MAX earlier this month.
Platform evangelist Andrew Shorten recently talked to Iain Dodsworth, founder and CEO of TweetDeck, about his experiences developing his very popular social networking tool powered by Adobe AIR.
Last week, we were thrilled to preview Adobe AIR 2 at Adobe MAX where we unveiled some of the new capabilities coming to the runtime. In addition, there were dozens of sessions covering AIR ranging from application case studies to deployment strategies and more.
During the rest of this week, I will be highlighting a few of the AIR-related sessions. I encourage you to explore and discover the over 250 hours of content in the design, develop and envision tracks that covered topics ranging from Photoshop to ColdFusion to LiveCycle and beyond. All of this content is currently available on Adobe TV. Please note that some of the recordings may not start right away and you may need to fast-forward a bit (the team at Adobe.TV did an amazing job of getting these sessions online as quickly as possible).
The first session I would like to highlight is What’s Coming in Adobe AIR 2 by Adobe AIR team member Christian Cantrell. If you are interested in what some of the new API’s will look like in AIR 2, this is a session you will definitely want to check out.
The Adobe TV team relaunched its website yesterday and there are a number of significant updates to the website including:
- User-customizable homepage
- Vastly improved navigation & search
- Save your favorite episodes to “My Library”
- Share videos on social networking sites such as Facebook, Digg, and StumbleUpon
- Subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite shows
- Pop-out video player to view videos at any size
- Commenting & Rating
If you are developer building applications outside of the browser with AIR, please check out the Adobe AIR section and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. If there are additional videos you would like to see, we’d love to hear your requests.
Here is a sample of one of the videos available on Adobe TV from Danny Dura, a platform evangelist at Adobe, titled "Using the local database functionality in Adobe AIR". There is also a selection of customer success stories available as well.