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Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR is a developer's tool for creating platform-independent web applications that can be run on a user's desktop.

Developers create AIR applications using HTML, AJAX and the AIR software development kit (SDK). Popular AIR applications include desktop clients for microblogging services like Twitter, or desktop RSS readers. AIR code is built using a client-side model, which is useful for desktop applications that request data over a network but execute locally.  

Like Google Gears, Adobe AIR applications allow a user to interact with websites, rich Internet applications (RIAs) and other Web services offline without using a Web browser. Updates are sent automatically when an Internet connection becomes available. AIR stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime. 

Editors at our sister site, The Ajaxian, blog about Adobe development news and trends.

 

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Download the most recent version of Adobe AIR at Adobe.com.

Browse the Adobe AIR FAQ at Adobe.com.

Pete Freitag created this Adobe AIR tutorial for AJAX developers.

> Alex Howard assembled this Fast Guide for Adobe Air applications.

This was last updated in April 2010

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Yes but do I need Air? My pc is saying my version is out of date but I'm not a developer!
Do ordinary users need Air installed?
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Same problem Everytime I want to open a pdf, it won't continue until I download Adobe AIR. Then it fails to update every time. How can I get rid of this??
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I never downloaded Adobe AIR on purpose, but it is there. It constantly prompts me to update to the newest version, but it will not successfully do so. Why is it on my machine, and why doesn't it work in the background without annoying me?
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I have the same problem - I cannot update any of the Cloud applications
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