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Apollo takes to the AIR

Adobe changes software name By Ko Maruyama
Adobe Labs is the place where the software company has put several pieces of software in pre-release format - kind of like a public beta.  This is sometimes in parallel to the actual development beta cycle of the applications, but gives the public a chance to see what new code is capable of.

In one of this year's offerings, Adobe launched Apollo as part of its new technologies.  There were many things that you could do with Apollo - as the Adobe gallery demonstrated.  You can do all of those things with AIR still - or Apollo still, you just need to call it AIR now.

A. I. R.

A rose by any other name - still SWEET news for developers, who can create some interesting applications using the HTML and JS that you already know.  Instead of building web stuff, build an application.  Use Ajax, Flash and Flex to get even more out of it.

Built on browser technology, the nice bit about AIR is that it's cross-platform.  It seems to me that Adobe is making great strides to make the experience of the  application on any platform so similar that the operating system becomes virtually transparent.

And now that Flex 3 allows for tiny applications (when you take advantage of new Flash Player caching for Adobe components), and has integration with other Adobe CS3 applications.  I expect the AIR up there to get even sweeter.

AIR is clean and crisp.

Already there are several little applications - some which are beautiful utilities (kuler desktop, SearchCoders Dashboard), and others are just fun bits (Tweeter and StudioCloud).

Obviously, there aren't that many piece in there.  Well, be a geek hero and win some cool stuff.  You can enter Adobe's new contest to deliver the best AIR application use.

Grand Prize / Best of Show

The Best of Show winner will receive the trip of a lifetime, a travel certificate valued at up to US$100,000, to be used for the travel of your choice!

Five category winners will each receive ?The Ultimate Development Environment to power your Adobe AIR development (and play) for years to come:

    * A Mac Pro 8Core with 4 gigs ram, 1.5 TB (2x75) of storage.
    * (2) Dell 2707WFP 27" widescreen monitors.
    * (1) one Sony Playstation 3.
    * (1) $200 gift certificate to
    * (1) Herman Miller Aeron chair.
    * (1) Bose Quiet Comfort 3 noise canceling headphones.
    * (1) copy of Adobe Flex Builder version 3, Macintosh edition.
    * (1) copy of Adobe Creative Suite® 3 Master Collection for Macintosh.
    * And one squishy stress ball.

Plus each winner also receives:

    * A trip and conference pass to the Adobe MAX 2007 annual user conference.
    * Your application showcased on for the world to see.

Find out more here!

and.. last little bit.. I promise.

DREAMWEAVER CS3 FREE EXTENSION!  It's in Beta still, but this new free plugin will allow you to view the .air application files in Dreamweaver CS3!

Get goin!

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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