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Breaking Out of the Web Browser with Adobe AIR by Nathan Weber, Tom Kaczanko, Peter Dilillo, Mike Nimer, Michael Labriola, Steve Zimmers, Andriy Kupriyenko, Jeff Tapper, Louie Penaflor

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Appendix A. Getting Started with AIR

You can create AIR applications using an IDE such as Adobe Flex Builder 3 (for SWF-based content) and Aptana (for HTML-based content), or using a set of command line tools. While the majority of this book assumes you are working with Flex Builder, this appendix shows how to install both Flex Builder and command line tools.

AIR Tools

There are two key components to AIR—the runtime and the Software Development Kit (SDK). The runtime is needed to run any AIR application, but the SDK is needed only by AIR application developers.

The first step in using or building an AIR application is to have its runtime available. The runtime acts as a virtual machine for AIR applications, providing a base layer between the application ...

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