By Benjamin Gorton

Adobe built-in Runtime (AIR) allows you to use scripting languages you realize and frees you from the uninteresting components of development—so you could concentrate on growing fascinating and cost-saving program person interfaces utilizing Flash, Flex, and JavaScript. locate the entire suggestions, thoughts, and top practices you must achieve this complete reference, together with fitting AIR throughout home windows, Mac, or Linux; studying AIR programming, improvement, and debugging necessities; and masses extra.

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But there is actually inherent truth to this: People who choose to develop in ActionScript or JavaScript choose to focus on the user interface. This may be true for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest is that they are personally interested in design and usability. You don’t need to look far to find an example of an application for which the user interface could be significantly improved. People recognize the demand for this improvement, but some are responding more slowly than others. It remains to be seen whether the developer community will fulfill the promise of improved application visual design, but a couple of things are certain.

Now something different is thrown into the mix — now you are able to create a desktop application. Why exactly would you want to do this? There are several things that a desktop application can do that a browser application cannot, but the most important difference is that a desktop application can read files from and write files to the file system. This may sound like a minor difference, but consider all the desktop applications you use regularly, and reasons why you prefer to have them running locally and storing data locally.

More information on window styles is available in Chapter 12. Icon Specifies the application icons to be displayed in the operating system. The default icons are Adobe AIR icons; to customize the icons, click the Select Icons button and select an icon for each size. AIR only accepts PNG images as icons. Associated File Types Associates file types with your application. These are not required. You can find more details on file type associations in Chapter 5. Application Updates Indicates if the Adobe Installer or the application itself performs updates.

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