[Pro] What is 'AIR'

Hi chaps … I’m about to upgrade to Flash CS4 and whilst I was browsing new features a little video I watched mentioned the creation of ‘Air’ things … the small amount of time I’ve spent checking it out suggests it’s a way of making desktop applications. I’m not totally sure what this means so I’m hoping one of you smart fellows will enlighten me a little.

I also not that there’s a ‘plug-in’ for Dreamweaver as Air projects, I believe, need building with html and java - is Freeway looking at this … forgive me if I’m being totally dumb … Regards to one and all and have excellent weekends Roger


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It’s a way of using Flash, Flex, HTML, and Javascript to build small internet-like websites but they run as applications. I know that I use AIR applications such as Snippley and Adobe Kuler and I find that they use a lot less system resources compared to other third-party programs.

I’ve never actually built one, but I never really had the need to do it either.

You can find a couple of the more popular ones here:


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On Fri, May 1, 2009 at 4:12 PM, Roger Burton email@hidden wrote:

Hi chaps … I’m about to upgrade to Flash CS4 and whilst I was browsing new features a little video I watched mentioned the creation of ‘Air’ things … the small amount of time I’ve spent checking it out suggests it’s a way of making desktop applications. I’m not totally sure what this means so I’m hoping one of you smart fellows will enlighten me a little.

I also not that there’s a ‘plug-in’ for Dreamweaver as Air projects, I believe, need building with html and java - is Freeway looking at this … forgive me if I’m being totally dumb … Regards to one and all and have excellent weekends Roger

Adobe AIR is a toolkit for building rich applications that run in the
browser - think Google Maps and the ilk. These require a significant
amount of programming effort, so I don’t think Freeway is necessarily
a very good fit.

– Finlay


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Thanks Dan and Finlay … ahhh " … programming effort … " -I’ll probably avoid it then.

Regards Roger


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