|Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR)|
|Initial release:||1.0 / February 25, 2008|
|Latest release||1.0.1 (184.108.40.20690) / April 08, 2008|
|OS|| 2000, XP, Vista (P • B • E • U) |
|License||Adobe AIR EULA|
|Website||Adobe - Adobe AIR|
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Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), codenamed Apollo, is a cross-operating system runtime environment for building rich Internet applications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML, and Ajax, that can be deployed as a desktop application.
Adobe made a public preview release of AIR (then called Apollo) along with a software development kit and extension for developing Apollo applications with the Flex framework, on March 19 2007. On June 10, 2007, Apollo was renamed to AIR and a public beta release of the runtime was launched. Public beta 2 of AIR SDK was released on October 1, 2007. Public beta 3, was released on December 12, 2007, and version 1.0 was released on February 25, 2007.
A Linux alpha version was released on March 31, 2008.
AIR applications can operate offline, and then activate further functionality or upload data when an active internet connection becomes available. One example is eBay Desktop, which allows sellers to complete a listing offline and then upload it to eBay when they are connected to the internet.
Adobe currently provides three ways of developing AIR applications:
- HTML/AJAX, either via Adobe's own Dreamweaver CS3, another HTML editing program or a normal text editor in conjunction with the AIR SDK.
- Adobe Flex Builder 3
- Adobe Flash CS3
AIR has a number ways of working with data:
- Database server via web services
- Server-based XML and other remote text-based files
- Local XML file and other local text-based files
- Local and remote binary data of any type that may be manipulated at the byte level
- Local SQLite database shipped with AIR
- Encrypted Local Store included with AIR
Documents that describe the security features of AIR:
Dreamweaver CS3 requires an additional extension to compile AIR applications, as does Flash CS3 in the form of an update. The cross-platform nature of the runtime means any HTML editor, coupled with the AIR SDK, can create AIR applications. AIR itself uses the WebKit HTML rendering engine, which is wrapped around Flash and PDF technologies.
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