Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Top 5 Questions at AIR:Developer FAQ

I listed my favorite 5 questions related with AIR Developer FAQ. Adobe Labs answers lots of other questions. Visit Labs for any questions.

5. What is the Adobe Integrated Runtime?

Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) is a cross-operating system runtime being developed by Adobe that allows developers to leverage their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript, Ajax) to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) to the desktop.

4. Is Adobe AIR free (as in beer)?

Yes. Adobe AIR will be free (similar to Flash Player and Adobe Reader).

3. Where can I see an example of a badge that demonstrates the express install feature included in the Beta?

Currently, all of the Adobe AIR sample applications demonstrate the badge install experience. When a user clicks the Install Now button, the badge checks to see whether Adobe AIR is installed on the current machine. If Adobe AIR is not installed, it will install the runtime and then the application. If it is already installed, it will just install the application.

2. Is Adobe AIR a web browser?

No. Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that runs outside of the browser. Theoretically you could build a web browser on top of Adobe AIR.

1. Is Adobe AIR an exe / projector creator?

No. Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that runs on the user's system. One of the advantages of this is that Adobe AIR application installation files can be much smaller, as it does not require that the entire runtime engine be distributed with each and every copy of the application. It also allows us to integrate the technologies together (Flash, HTML, PDF) on a much lower level than may otherwise be feasible. Finally, it allows us to provide a more standardized and consistent security model for Adobe AIR applications and users.

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