Test Center review: Adobe AIR soars to loftier heights
Version 1.5 of Adobe's cross-platform, desktop-integrated RIA framework bolsters the business case with database encryption and sweetens the deal with Flash and speed improvements
I'm also impressed by the depth of support for Flex and AIR found throughout the new Adobe CS4 Suite. Illustrator, Flash, and even Dreamweaver are RIA-ready with the ability to save Flex objects in the FXG (Flash XML Graphics) format. This integration offers a superb, designer-tested environment for creating skins and interactive elements; plus, Flex metadata is preserved across Adobe apps. The new Embed metadata, in particular, represents a welcome approach to resolving the subtle compatibility issues that existed.
Adobe AIR has come a long way in a short time, and the momentum among third-party developers (such as the Merapi Project) and the AIR community at large is encouraging. Yet another milestone, AIR for Linux, is due out any day. For developers who want to bridge the gaps between Windows, Mac, and Linux -- and between the desktop and the Web -- now is the time to be working with AIR.