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.