Archive for September, 2011

New Installation and Deployment Options in AIR 3

It is with great pleasure (and a little bit of relief) that I report that AIR 3 will deliver new and much improved installation and deployment options for the desktop. These options enable installation without administrative rights, GPO-based deployment of AIR applications, XCOPY deployment, run-in-place from flash drives, tight binding to specific versions of AIR, and more.

These advantages arise from two new key capabilities:

  1. Captive runtimes. Already used on iOS, this capability allows a copy of the AIR runtime to be embedded with each AIR application. This capability is now supported across Mac OS, Windows, and Android, too.
  2. Custom installers. The application packaging tool, adt, can now be used to generate an application’s file set instead of a complete installer. The file set is a complete copy of the application, capable of being run in place. Or, you can package it up in your own custom installer, whether that’s an MSI for GPO, a PKG for Mac OS, or something else.
For a more comprehensive overview, please see Installation and Deployment Options in AIR 3 on the Adobe Developer Connection.

AIR Native Extensions Samples Available

In conjunction with today’s announcement of AIR 3, we have now posted a Native Extensions for Adobe AIR page on the Adobe Developer Connection. It currently lists four extensions available for download from both Adobe and our developer community. We’ll post more here as they become available.

And, a reminder that there’s still time to register for Adobe MAX 2011. It’s a great place to find out about all of the new AIR 3 and Flash Player 11 features, including native extensions.