16 Facts About Adobe AIR


Adobe AIR is a cross-platform runtime system currently developed by Harman International, in collaboration with Adobe Inc, for building desktop applications and mobile applications, programmed using Adobe Animate, ActionScript, and optionally Apache Flex.

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Adobe AIR applications have unrestricted access to local storage and file systems, while browser-based applications only have access to individual files selected by users.

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Adobe AIR internally uses a shared codebase with the Flash Player rendering engine and ActionScript 3.

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Notable applications built with Adobe AIR include eBay Desktop, Pandora One desktop, TweetDeck, the former Adobe Media Player, Angry Birds, and Machinarium, among other multimedia and task management applications.

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Adobe AIR was voted as the Best Mobile Application Development product at the Consumer Electronics Show for two consecutive years.

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Adobe AIR will continue to provide support for versions 32 and earlier until the end of 2020, as support will be managed by Harman.

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Adobe AIR includes additional features such as file system integration, native client extensions, desktop integration and access to connected devices.

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Adobe AIR enables applications to work with data in different ways, including using local files, local SQLite databases, a database server, or the encrypted local store included with Adobe AIR.

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These frameworks are compatible with Adobe AIR, and provide vital performance improvements to Adobe AIR apps published for mobile devices.

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Adobe AIR is a cross-platform technology and Adobe AIR applications can be repackaged with few or no changes for many popular desktop and mobile platforms.

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Applications packaged with the Adobe AIR runtime are larger in file size, and are known as "captive runtime" applications.

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In May 2014, Adobe claimed that over 100, 000 unique applications were built on AIR, and over 1 billion installations of the same were logged from users across the world.

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In May 2017, Adobe stopped releasing AIR for Android, and the app was eventually removed from the Play Store in September 2018, but it can still be downloaded through their website.

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Adobe AIR SDK is available as a free standalone download for software developers to make Adobe AIR applications.

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Adobe AIR applications built without the Flex framework allow greater flexibility and performance, and are known as "pure ActionScript" applications.

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Adobe AIR can run a subset of JavaScript, with no ability to dynamically execute code when running in the application sandbox.

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