Adobe Air 2 & Flash Player 10.1 Betas Released

November 23rd, 2009

Adobe released the beta editions of Adobe Air 2.0 and Flash Player 10.1, the next two major releases for both technologies. The most major feature added to both is the support for multi-touch input, however which cannot be used without having a device that support multi-touch such HP TouchSmart or a Dell Latitude XT2 running Windows 7.
Air 2.0 can support for the detection of mass storage devices, access to raw microphone data, the ability to open a file with its default application and other new improvements. Flash Player 10.1 is meant to be the first step for creating a consistent Flash experience across desktop and mobile platforms, however, the beta for this edition of the player is now only available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems.

Adobe AIR tutorials & resources

November 20th, 2009

Adobe AIR is a cross-platform runtime environment for building rich Internet applications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML, or Ajax, that can be deployed as a desktop application. Anyone who realize the future of Adobe AIR really want to learn it. To see the magic of Adobe AIR, here is the list of Adobe AIR tutorials & resources that includes some useful tutorials and few great applications that has been developed on Adobe AIR.
Introduction to Adobe Air
Creating a Downloader for YouTube with Flex & Air
Building an Adobe Air application with Flex
10 Adobe AIR Must See Applications
Adobe AIR apps for designers and developers

Adobe Air
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Adobe AIR Apps for Designers

October 10th, 2009

Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) is a cross-platform program that allows you to run a wide variety of different little programs. Web designers can find a slew of handy programs that will ease their job. Some of the tools you can find include choosing a color scheme, measuring spaces in your design, editing vector images and a whole lot more.

Color Browser allows you to locally organize palettes that you’ve created in Adobe programs, Kuler or ColourLovers by importing the ASE files.
color browser

Kuler desktop allows you to import palettes from the Kuler website, browse and search other themes for inspiration, and import selections you wish to use into Creative Suite 3 Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. You can also get RSS feeds of Highest Rated, Most Popular, Newest and Randomly Selected themes to keep the inspiration flowing at any time.

Calilper floats above other applications on screen and can be used to measure anything on your monitor.
Pixus – A super easy pixel measuring tool that will allow you to measure anything on your computer. Simply open it up, drag it to fit the area you want to measure and you’re done. You can also preset various sizes so you won’t have to constantly drag the borders to what you need.

ImageSizer is an application built to resize, rotate, optimize and rename a batch of images, outputting them as a single compressed zip file

.merlin – A trueType font tool which will help your organize your collection, rename files and delete duplicates.

Icon Generator – A handy tool that will let you create Web 2.0 or Adobe CS3 style icons in just three steps. Images can be sized at 128×128, 48×48, 32×32 or 16×16.

Introduction to Adobe Air

October 3rd, 2009

Article on Net.tuts

Adobe Air

Adobe Air is a framework which allows building desktop applications. Adobe Air applications are based on two technologies: Html/Js and Flash. Developers can choose to build desktop application via Html/Js, Flash or Flex. After a brief overview of the architecture, we will build a simple application using Html/Js.
Step 1 – Architecture of an Air application
Step 2 – OS level functionalities
Step 3 – Installation
Step 4 – Configuration
Step 5 – Project creation
Step 6 – Running the application
Step 7 – Deploying Air application