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Adobe AIR 1.0 review

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Manufacturer: Adobe

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Adobe AIR 1.0 shines with light technical requirements and good features, but security and OS integration could go deeper.

Adobe's rich internet application (RIA) toolkit lifts Flash and AJAX out of the browser and on to the desktop. Adobe AIR 1.0 shines with light technical requirements and good features, but security and OS integration could go deeper.

Adobe AIR 1.0 brings new hope to web developers looking to combine the global connectedness of browser-based applications with the persistence and functionality of first-class, local desktop apps.

AIR (it stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime) packages a host of web technologies and enables RIAs to run outside of the browser on the user's local desktop. Those underlying technologies can be Adobe's own Flex, Flash, and ActionScript, for example, or just plain old HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX libraries.

The resulting application gains access to OS features such as dragging and dropping to and from the local file system, clipboard access for cutting and pasting between AIR and other applications, network connectivity, encrypted local storage, and perhaps most noteworthy, offline functionality. Thanks to AIR's persistent, local SQLite data store, AIR apps continue to function without a network connection.

Further, AIR apps don't require web developers to learn anything new. They can easily create AIR apps using the tools and techniques they already know. And because AIR is cross-OS compatible, the same application code can be deployed to Windows, Mac, and eventually Linux systems. An alpha version of AIR for Linux is available at Adobe Labs.

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Adobe AIR 1.0 Expert Verdict »
Intel Pentium 1GHz or faster processor
Windows 2000/XP/Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise
512MB of RAM
runtime and SDK: Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2, Vista, Mac OS X 10.4.910 or 10.5.1 (PowerPC or Intel)
Linux version in alpha. H.264 video requires Intel processor. Plug-ins available for Adobe Flash CS3 and Dreamweaver CS3. AIR fully supported in Adobe Flex Builder 3.0
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A blinding debut release, Adobe AIR 1.0 lowers the skills requirements and costs for desktop deployment by leveraging a cross-platform runtime (from a single code base) and familiar web technologies. Developers can take advantage of streamlined interfaces and a persistent local data store to give rich web apps a native look and feel – including offline functionality.

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