Adobe releases Beta of cross platform app Adobe Integrated Runtime

Adobe Systems today released the beta version
of Adobe
Integrated Runtime (AIR), formerly
code named Apollo. Adobe AIR
is a
cross-operating system application runtime that allows developers to use
HTML/CSS, Ajax, Adobe Flash
and Adobe Flex

to extend rich Internet applications (RIAs) to the desktop. New features
in the Adobe AIR beta include an embedded local database, PDF support,
enhanced capabilities for JavaScript developers, and deeper integration
with Adobe Flex. The beta version of Adobe AIR and the Adobe AIR
Software Developer
’s Kit (SDK) can be
downloaded for free from www.adobe.com/go/air.

Adobe AIR along with Adobe Flex (see separate press release for Adobe
Flex 3 public beta, also available today) are cornerstones of Adobe
’s
comprehensive RIA platform, which enables developers and designers to
create and deliver rich, dynamic, branded content and applications
across all major operating systems. Key elements of Adobe AIR are open
source, including the WebKit HTML engine, the ActionScript

Virtual Machine (Tamarin project) and SQLite local database
functionality. Additionally, Adobe recently announced its intention to
release Adobe Flex as open source. By embracing open source technologies
and offering pre-release versions of software, Adobe enables developers
worldwide to participate in the growth of the industry’s most advanced
platform for building cross-operating system RIAs.

“Adobe AIR represents a new medium, as the
best of the Web and the best of the desktop come together,

said Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect at
Adobe.
“Adobe AIR expands the universe of
possibilities for Web developers who can now deliver a new generation of
applications that work across operating systems and both inside and
outside the browser, bridging the gap between the Web and the personal
computer.

The new beta version of Adobe AIR allows developers to incorporate PDF
by leveraging Adobe Reader
8.1
functionality. Users will be able to view and interact with PDF
documents within Adobe AIR applications similarly to how they interact
with a PDF in the browser today. New capabilities such as support for
transparent HTML windows, drag and drop support, and complete access to
Adobe AIR and Flash APIs allow Ajax developers to create truly engaging
desktop applications. Developers building Adobe AIR applications can use
the Ajax frameworks of their choice, and the latest version of WebKit
incorporated into Adobe AIR beta provides more components than were
previously available in Apollo alpha. The embedded, cross-platform, open
source SQLite local database was one of the most requested features from
the Apollo alpha release. It requires no extra setup while providing
large data capacity and full text search, enabling Web developers who
traditionally rely on a database for storage to easily build desktop
applications without changing existing techniques. Additionally, a tool
is now available on Adobe Labs for Dreamweaver

CS3 that enables Dreamweaver projects to be delivered as Adobe AIR
applications.

“Ajax developers have helped define Web 2.0
by making Web applications more interactive and usable,

said Ben Galbraith, co-founder of Ajaxian.
“Adobe
AIR allows Ajax developers to use their skills to take Web 2.0 to the
desktop
– without requiring them to learn a
whole new set of skills. By exposing rich desktop and Flash
functionality to Ajax developers as another set of JavaScript APIs,
Adobe AIR opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

“Salesforce.com is excited about the promise
Adobe AIR shows for our developer community,

said Parker Harris, co-founder and EVP, Technology, salesforce.com.
“Developers
who build on-demand business applications with the Salesforce Platform
can already use Adobe Flex to add rich user interfaces to their
solutions, and now with Adobe AIR they can be further extended with the
persistent desktop functionality and interactivity AIR enables, making
on-demand business applications more compelling than ever.

AIR Developer Programs

Adobe officially opens the Adobe AIR Developer Derby today, a contest to
showcase creative applications. Adobe will award prizes in five
categories and a grand prize for the best overall application. Winners
will be announced at Adobe MAX 2007, the premier developer/designer
event to inspire, discover and connect around the creation of rich and
engaging experiences. To learn more about the Adobe AIR Developer Derby,
visit www.adobe.com/go/airderby,
and for more information on Adobe MAX, visit www.adobemax2007.com/.

Adobe is also launching the
“On AIR

bus tour with 18 North American stops for developers to jumpstart their
work with Adobe AIR. The tour kicks off in Seattle on July 10,
culminating with the final stop at the Adobe MAX conference in Chicago
on September 30. Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR team members, as well as
developers from the Flash and JavaScript communities, will be onboard to
talk one-on-one with developers, provide assistance and answer questions
about Adobe AIR.

Pricing and Availability

The beta version of the Adobe AIR application runtime and the Adobe AIR
SDK are available immediately as free downloads from Adobe Labs at www.adobe.com/go/air.
Adobe AIR and the Adobe AIR SDK are available in English and offered for
both Windows and Macintosh operating systems, and future versions will
be available for Linux as well as other languages. To learn more about
Adobe AIR, please visit www.adobe.com/go/air.