In the last days, I had the chance to play with the SDK of AIR beta (Adobe Integrated Runtime). on Adobe’s website they introduce it as :
AIR is still in beta and till now it only supports the following operating systems
- Windows XP SP2
- Windows Vista Home Ultimate Edition
- Mac OS 10.4.8 and 10.4.9 (Intel and PowerPC)
* they will start working on supporting linux after the 1.0 release.
not like the normal web development, in your AIR apps you won’t need to check for the type of the user’s browser . AIR uses the open source WebKit browser engine that’s used by known web browsers like KHTML on KDE and Safari.
AIR comes with
- embedded SQLite database
- native windowing API
- file IO API
- application update API
- full control over your application’s chrome
- online/offline API
- drag and drop support
– Between operating system and Adobe AIR applications
– Between Adobe AIR applications
– Between native applications and Adobe AIR applications
- native icons
- standard installer
you can see that not like the normal web applications, the AIR applications have access to your file system and this will make you think about security. so like any normal desktop app, you have to use trusted applications only.