Adobe AIR continues to gain momentum and just a few weeks ago, during Adobe MAX in Japan, we announced that AIR is being installed in record numbers by consumers and companies around the world. In less than one year after its initial release, there have been more than 100 million installations of Adobe AIR.
On December 15, 2008, eWeek Labs selected AIR as one of the Top 10 Products of the Year. eWEEK Labs staff write: “The product that comes closest right now to the true vision of this next-generation Web application is Adobe AIR. Descended from Flash, AIR makes it possible to build powerful and interactive applications that have all of the benefits of both Web and desktop apps …”
Leading companies around the world, such as eBay with eBay Desktop, FedEx, Nickelodeon, Yahoo, Salesforce.com and others are building on Adobe AIR today.
With the launch of our Adobe eLearning Suite and the Technical Communication Suite 2, our customers can now leverage the power of Adobe AIR for conducting shared reviews of Adobe Captivate and Adobe RoboHelp projects; see first-hand how we are using our own technologies to deliver user assistance in our applications, which is aligned with today’s web 2.0 user experiences; generate both AIR applications and Flex applications in RoboHelp 8, and also publish eLearning courses in Adobe AIR format from within Dreamweaver and Flash.
The Adobe AIR platform is all around the two Suites, and here’s where you can see it in action:
- Adobe Captivate 4 uses Adobe AIR for SWF Commenting
There are many advantages to using AIR for shared reviews of Adobe Captivate projects, namely the reviewers don’t have to have Captivate on their systems and reviewers can virtually contribute from any operating system since Adobe AIR is available for Microsoft® Windows® 2000; Windows XP; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise; Mac OS X v10.4 or 10.5; and Linux®.
- Adobe RoboHelp 8 uses Adobe AIR for Output Reviews
Similarly to how Adobe Captivate 4 uses Adobe AIR for SWF Commenting, RoboHelp 8 users can also collect and aggregate comments from Reviewers using an Adobe AIR application, which gets generated by RoboHelp 8. This means that Reviewers don’t have to have RoboHelp installed on their systems, and they can also launch and add comments from a Machintosh and Linux boxes through the free Adobe AIR runtime.
- Adobe RoboHelp 8 generates Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex applications
Adobe RoboHelp, which is used by our customers for authoring and publishing Online Help systems, Knowledge Bases, Performance Support systems and any other type of Online Information Systems can now generate any of these types of output in both Adobe AIR format for the desktop, and Adobe Flex for the inside the browser. To see an example, check out this guided tour of an Adobe AIR application created in Adobe RoboHelp.
- The Online Help for Adobe Captivate 4, FrameMaker 9 and RoboHelp 8 is based on Adobe AIR
It’s a beautiful thing when you can use your own technology in your products, and that’s precisely what we have done in FrameMaker 9, Captivate 4 and RoboHelp 8, which now sport a brand new Online Help system based on the same Adobe AIR output that RoboHelp 8 users can now generate out-of-the-box. For those of you who have these applications, just press F1 to display the Help and check out how you can either do searches on the Help system only, or include community results, too. You can also add comments and display other people’s comments right from within the Help Viewer, which is an Adobe AIR application, it’s pretty cool!
- Dreamweaver CS4 and Flash CS4 in the eLearning Suite can generate eLearning content as Adobe AIR applications
For those of you already using our new eLearning Suite, you now have two applications, that can generate Adobe AIR applications, which can help you deliver eLearning content, which can be consumed by your learners directly from their desktop. Both Dreamweaver and Flash include functionality for generating Adobe AIR applications very easily. For example in Dreamweaver CS4 with CourseBuilder Interactions, you can author HTML-based eLearning content, which can include Captivate movies plus quizzes inserted using CourseBuild interactions, and in addition to publishing to a Learning Management System, you can also generate an Adobe AIR application and everything you included will be fully functional directly from the Learner’s desktop. I’m currently working on a Captivate movie where I will demonstrate how this feature works and will blog about it when ready!