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  • 1. Getting Creative with Adobe AIR Peter Elst - The ActionScript Conference 2009
  • 2. Who is Peter? ✤ Freelance Flash Platform Consultant ✤ Adobe Community Expert for RIA ✤ Adobe Certified Instructor ✤ Author to a number of ActionScript books including “Object-Oriented ActionScript 3.0”
  • 3. This was last year...
  • 4. RIA meets Desktop ✤ Introduction to Adobe AIR ✤ How to build AIR applications ✤ Network, Windowing, HTML, FileSystem, SQLite, Drag ‘n Drop, Clipboard access, Update API’s,... What else could I possibly talk about?
  • 5. Thinking outside the box
  • 6. Creative uses of the technology
  • 7. AIR is more than Twitter clients
  • 8. New York TimesReader
  • 9. TWiT Live Desktop
  • 10. web + desktop = ?
  • 11. a new paradigm to be explored
  • 12. What makes Adobe AIR so special ✤ Allows you to use your existing web development skills ✤ Free tools, no costs involved to develop apps ✤ Cross platform (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) and support for mobile and devices is on the roadmap ✤ Bridges web and desktop environments in a secure way Its fun to play around with!
  • 13. HelloWorld in AIR
  • 14. Detecting if AIR is installed
  • 15. Launching apps from the browser
  • 16. Record streaming audio
  • 17. Screensaver
  • 18. Screensaver (Windows only) ✤ Inspired by Keith Peters ✤ Make a full screen AIR application ✤ Export the AIR application and install ✤ Rename the .exe to .scr and distribute Note: bypassing the AIR installer is not recommended practice (but works most of the time) ;)
  • 19. SQLite wrapper
  • 20. SQLite wrapper (top secret) ✤ To be announced at Flash on the Beach later this month ✤ Make it (very) easy to work with local databases ✤ Features so far included setting up and querying databases ✤ New release will have support for basic online/offline synchronization
  • 21. Conclusion ✤ Don’t let technology limit your imagination ✤ Don’t see desktop and web as separate environments ✤ Do experiment with features and hack around ✤ Do things you love and share them with the community
  • 22. Q&A ✤ Have you played with Adobe AIR? ✤ What do you like about it? ✤ How do you see the web and desktop converging?
  • 23. Thank you! Feel free to get in touch with questions, feedback or ideas for projects! blog: email: twitter: @peterelst