Building Desktop Applications For The Web With Adobe Integrated Runtime
Figure 4: Create an AIR application with Flex Builder 3
Figure 5: Flex Builder 3—a feature-rich IDE
Finally, like Flash CS3, Dreamweaver CS3 requires an additional extension to compile AIR applications, in the form of an update. The AIR extension for Dreamweaver will allow you to package and preview AIR application files directly within Adobe Dreamweaver CS3.
A selection of "showcase" applications (available at www.adobe.com/products/air/showcase/) based on Adobe AIR is cited in Figure 6. Typically, they can run on desktops or laptop computers and are not dependent on a constant Internet connection. But, there's a lot more to some of them.
Figure 6: Selected AIR applications
To further illustrate the Adobe Integrated Runtime environment, here I'll mention Buzzword, an innovative new word processing and collaboration application soon to be deployed with AIR. Buzzword offers an excellent example of a true Rich Internet Application and is available free for public use at www.buzzword.com. Figure 7 shows a screenshot of the present (web) version this new word processor.
The Adobe development team is currently working on an AIR version of Buzzword to work either on-line or off-line—with all your Buzzword files. They've shown this capability at some Adobe presentations, but there is still more work to be done to fully support AIR.
Buzzword is a web application today, which means you need to be connected to the Internet to use it. With Buzzword, your files are all saved on the secure Buzzword servers. This provides the convenience of having access to your files wherever you have an Internet connection. And, there is no need to email documents to colleagues for review or collaboration; just share them via Buzzword.
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