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Old 02-26-2008, 07:17 AM   #1
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Adobe has announced new technology: Adobe AIR. I am not sure where this takes us, but it seems as if it is meant to make Flash and other tricky web software more commonplace — easier to develop, easier to disseminate. Adobe AIR itself and the AIR SDK are free. So are some of the applications (the client portions, anyway — somewhere, somehow, somebody pays for this).

There are 33 applications listed at the Adobe site, some of them in beta, covering diverse uses, some serious, some not so. The list includes Agile Agenda (project scheduling utility; Snapshooter by Safari. Enter a URL, hit Take Snapshot button, and save an instant picture of any web page to your desktop; PasswordKeeper; Joom Edit (Joomla content manager); FotoBooth (quickly snap pictures using a webcam, with upload to Flickr); Color Browser (organize and display color palettes); CleVR Stitcher (panoramic photo stitcher); and many more. Sort of like cross-platform widgets, maybe?

Snatches of information from the Adobe site to help explain how this technology works, or how Adobe is marketing it, anyway:

For developers:
The Adobe® AIR™ runtime lets developers use proven web technologies [Ajax, Flex, and Flash] to build rich Internet applications that deploy to the desktop and run across operating systems.
Business advantages:
With the Adobe® AIR™ runtime, you can deliver branded rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop that give you a closer connection to your customer.

Adobe AIR uses the same proven, cost-effective technologies used to build web applications, so development and deployment is rapid and low risk. You can use your existing web development resources to create engaging, branded applications that run on all major desktop operating systems.

The benefits are extensive. By using Adobe AIR as part of your RIA strategy, you can boost productivity, extend your market reach, enhance customer satisfaction, improve customer retention, lower costs, and increase profits.
Browser vs desktop:
The Adobe® AIR™ runtime complements the browser by providing the same application development and deployment benefits while adding desktop integration, local data access, and enhanced branding opportunities. An emerging design pattern for rich Internet applications (RIAs) is to deliver a browser-based version of an RIA in the browser for all users and an RIA on the desktop for more active users.

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