What is Adobe Air?

In this brief guide, we've shared the basics of Adobe AIR, a cross-platform system that allows developers to create software with a wide range of technologies. 

What is Adobe AIR?
Combining the functionality of Flash, HTML, JavaScript, and more, AIR gives developers a robust toolkit for building applications. It's designed to work across different operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS (and iOS), and Android. Companies can use the AIR runtime system as a framework for desktop and mobile software, without being confined to a web browser. 

How is AIR Different from Flash?
Before AIR, Flash developers were stuck working in a browser environment. Now, Internet applications (known as RIAs) can be moved to the desktop, while building on the same technologies that made Flash so successful. This is especially useful for developing desktop widgets, which can grab data from the web and stay up-to-date. The user never has to leave their OS for a separate website, so it's a more seamless experience. 

Top AIR Applications
Here are a few of the best AIR apps, which bring plenty of functionality to your desktop:

  • Doomi Task Manager: This minimalistic widget allows you to build a to-do list and set deadlines for tasks. It runs unobtrusively in the background, and you can hide the list with a single click. 
  • GMDesk: These days, most people rely on Google products like Gmail, but what if you prefer working outside of your web browser? GMDesk is a desktop application that syncs your Google account (including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and Google Docs) into a single interface. 
  • Shrink O'Matic: This handy application can resize your images in a few clicks. Designed for JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs, you just drag the images into the Shrink O'Matic window, select an output size, and choose a folder for your shrunken images. It's perfect for photographers and meme connoisseurs who need a quick solution for optimizing their content.  
  • Klok Time Tracker: Freelancers and telecommuters need a better way to keep track of their working hours. Klok allows you to measure every facet of a workday, so you can spend more time on important tasks. When it's time to send an invoice, you'll know exactly how much to bill a client or employer.
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