Adobe AIR

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What is Adobe AIR

According to the Adobe AIR website, Adobe AIR "is a cross-operating system runtime that lets developers combine HTML, Ajax, Adobe Flash®, and Flex technologies to deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop. Adobe AIR allows developers to use familiar tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver® CS3, Flex® Builder™ 3, Flash CS3 Professional, or any text editor to build their applications and easily deliver a single application installer that works across operating systems."

Basically it means it allows you to view fancy Flash and AJAX from your desktop, across different platforms.

How do I build on AIR

Applications for AIR can be built in:

  • HTML/AJAX (Using Dreamweaver, or any text editor in conjunction with the AIR SDK)
  • Adobe Flex Builder 3
  • Adobe Flash CS3

Learn more at: Adobe AIR Developer Center for HTML and Ajax

What is the point of AIR when you can use a browser?

Probably if you are in a company building an application that you want to be able to view outside of the fetters of a browser, and also to be able to view it across many different platforms.

AIR Programs

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