Prior to today there had been a handful of unofficial ways to create AIR apps directly from Flash CS3: Guy Watson had put together a nice JSFL solution, which Grant Skinner and his team then built upon. Now there is an official release from Adobe to add in support for creating, testing and packaging up AIR applications right from within Adobe Flash CS3 Professional. It actually adds two “commands” for working with AIR, including an “AIR 1.0″ publishing profile. It makes the process dead simple. For those of you out there who haven’t had much time, or have felt a bit intimidated by Flex or even just the Eclipse environment, you should definitely download this and start playing, it is too easy now not to build AIR applications.
Grab the extension/patcher for Flash CS3 Professional from here: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/AIR:Flash_CS3_Professional_Update
Documentation on its usage, etc. is also on the page with links towards the bottom.
For me this comes just in time to share with our user group members (Philadelphia Flash Platform Adobe User Group) – perfect timing actually as the Adobe On AIR Bus Tour will be rolling into Philadelphia on Wednesday, so this gives us a bit extra to talk about. Also, our “Hot AIR” contest is still open until midnight tomorrow night – more details here: Hot AIR Contest Details and here: We Need Your AIR apps for Hot AIR Contest in Philadelphia!
For those of you who are totally in the dark about the event – please visit the following links and come on out on August 22nd (this Wednesday) at 6:30pm to the Franklin Institute for an awesome FREE event.
- AIR Bus Tour Philly Info: http://onair.adobe.com/schedule/cities/philadelphia.php
- General AIR Bus Tour Info: http://onair.adobe.com/
- Philadelphia Flash Platform Group: http://www.pfpaug.org/
- Hot AIR Competition Info: http://www.pfpaug.org/core/pivot/entry.php?id=25
The event is FREE but you must register here: http://www.eventsadobe.com/adobeonair/user_info.asp
Topic: Adobe Integrated Runtime – AIR (Previously code-enamed “Apollo”)
FREE Food, beer, RedBull, cool prizes, give-aways and swag, software, and access to Adobe experts! Plus there will be some Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wiis setup for your gaming pleasures.
There is still time to submit an entry for the Hot AIR competition! Get your code together by noon this Tuesday, the 21st at midnight and get a chance to win some rockin’ prizes and demo your AIR app in front of the crowd.
This will also be a GREAT networking opportunity at a very cool venue – we have over 200+ local developers and interested parties registered to attend – come on out and make some new friends.
Bring your laptop and any code (html/flash/Flex) you want to get running as an AIR app and stop by the Q&A table for assistance from experts.
Wednesday, August 22
Doors open at 6:30pm
Fels Planetarium in the Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
lat 39.957846, lon -75.17247