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Adobe AIR and the Adobe Flash Platform unleash the creativity of designers and developers by providing a consistent and flexible development environment for the delivery of applications across devices and platforms. Support for additional platforms, including Android, is under development.
Native process API
Create native installers allowing you to launch and communicate with native processes using standard input and output. Using the native process API, communicate with native libraries built using Java™ and .NET and native applications such as "grep" for file searching. You can also create operating system–specific installers (native installers). Applications that use the native process API must be deployed using a native installer.
Native document handlers to open documents
Open documents in popular file formats like PDF, PSD, DOC, PPT, and MP3 using the native application associated with that file. For example, opening an MP3 file will launch iTunes on systems where iTunes is the default application for MP3 files.
Local microphone API
Record audio locally on your device without the need for a server.
UDP networking support
Take advantage of runtime support for the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) to build time-sensitive, real-time networking applications such as multiplayer games.
WebKit with HTML5/CSS3 support
Benefit from new capabilities such as CSS transforms, animations, and canvas support.
Mass storage device detection
Detect when mass storage devices such as cameras and USB flash memory drives are available to synchronize files such as photos, videos, MP3 files, or other files.
Enhanced drag-and-drop support
Copy files to the local machine by dragging them out of the Adobe AIR application and onto the desktop. This enables new user interaction possibilities for applications such as content management systems or online stores.
Socket servers and peer-to-peer applications
Build peer-to-peer applications or local servers that make it easier to communicate with other local applications or remote applications over the network.
Note: Windows 2000 and Mac PowerPC are not supported with AIR 2. Users can install and run AIR 1.5 applications, but will not be able to install or update to AIR 2. Mac OS 10.4 running on an Intel processor is supported for running AIR 2 applications, but is not supported as development environment with the AIR 2 SDK.
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