Anatomy Of An AIR File

Posted by Aaron West at 1:22 PM in Apollo, Adobe AIR, Flex

The Apollo Alpha and AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) both package up your Flex or HTML applications as an .air file that you distribute to your end users. The user simply double-clicks the .air file to install the application and begin using it like any other installed app. But what's in a .air file? Why not take a look for yourself? Simply change the extension from .air to .zip and take a peek.

You'll find the following items:

  • the SWF files built from compiling your application
  • external files you've included in the app (icons, images, videos)
  • a meta-inf (meta information) folder that includes your application descriptor file (application.xml)
  • several files that perform the installation

You may be thinking the ability to introspect AIR applications is a security risk to your code. For now, .air files cannot be protected to keep people from looking at their contents.


Apollo onAIR Bus Tour Details

Posted by Aaron West at 8:59 AM in Apollo, Adobe AIR

Riding the success wave from ApolloCamp (San Francisco) is onAIR, Adobe's traveling circus of coding fun. That's my description any way. Loading up the Prevost Le Mirage on July 10 are Adobe AIR team members and execs with the list reading like a who's who among Flash developers. Christian Cantrell, Mike Chambers, Kevin Lynch, Ryan Stewart, Mike Downey, and Ted Patrick among them.

The onAIR bus tour encompasses 3 jam-packed weeks of travel, hitting 18 cities in North America to evangelize and showcase the latest in Adobe AIR development from the folks that build it. Things get kicked off in Seattle on July 10 and culminate at the Adobe MAX conference in Chicago on September 29.

Here's a list of a few onAIR tour goodies you may want to follow in the coming weeks:

Web site:

onAIR blog:

Live bus video feed:

Latest bus photos:


I'll post more resource links here as I gather them.


Flex 3 Announced

Posted by Aaron West at 11:09 PM in Apollo, Adobe AIR, Flex

Adobe has announced Flex 3. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and download the new Adobe AIR and Flex 3 for the best of both worlds.



Apollo Is Now Adobe AIR

Posted by Aaron West at 11:05 PM in Apollo, Adobe AIR, Flex

Just announced on the Adobe Labs site... Apollo - the code-name for Adobe's runtime that brings Web applications to the desktop - has been dubbed the Adobe Integrated Runtime or AIR for short. Sound familiar? *.air files are the installation files for Adobe applications. Previously, any publicly available applications were created the the Apollo Alpha. Developers can now get their hands on the Adobe AIR beta.



Adobe's New Media Player

Posted by Aaron West at 10:26 PM in Apollo, Flash

Adobe's been working on a desktop media player - code-named "Philo" - which is slated to be one of their first released Apollo applications. The media player will be free and is designed to bring online video content (FLV) to the desktop. How did I not know this was in the works? For consumers, the Adobe Media Player will bring video streaming and management for Internet TV and video podcasts. You'll be able to mark your favorites for automatic download, create playlists and tags for videos in your library, and rate your videos. Double-clicking Flash videos will cause them to play inside the media player.

For advertisers and content firms the Adobe Media Player brings content branding in the form of media player backgrounds and badges, banner ad delivery, usage statistics reporting, video usage protection, and syndication via media RSS - where FLV's are tagged as enclosures to RSS feeds.

The Adobe Media Player is not slated to release until sometime in 2007 after the official release of Apollo. However, you can read more about it and view a screenshot by clicking the link below.



Google Analytics Apollo App Released

Posted by Aaron West at 7:27 PM in Apollo, Flex

The folks over at labs.thesedays.com created a Google Analytics Apollo widget for Multi-Mania. The widget has now been made available to the general public and can be downloaded from the labs.thesedays.com blog. I downloaded the widget and gave it a spin. It currently only shows page visits for the GA account you select but the display does look nice. I wish it had more reporting features as using the widget in place of Google's Web interface just wouldn't be productive. That said, it's a great example of creating a Flex application that doesn't look like a typical Flex application.


Apollo Camp Content Available on Labs

Posted by Aaron West at 5:07 PM in Apollo, Flex

Now that Apollo Camp has ended, the presentations are slowly making there way to Adobe Labs. The Flex developers pocket guide for Apollo is also available. Click the appropriate links below to access these resources.

Apollo Camp Content
Apollo for Adobe Flex Developers Pocket Guide


Apollo on Labs Soon

Posted by Aaron West at 2:43 PM in Apollo, Mobile & Devices, Flex, Flash

I was reading through Mike Chambers Apollo Overview / Getting Starting slides and noticed he mentioned Apollo would be making its way to labs in early 2007. No further information is given but one can hypothesize "early 2007" could mean really soon. If you want to be notified when Apollo is available in beta form check out this link (http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Apollo).