IN THIS CHAPTER
Convert a project to AIR
Completing an AIR project
Installing an AIR application
Deploying AIR applications from Catalyst
In the spring of 2007, Adobe released a public preview of a new technology code-named Apollo. About a year later in February 2008, Adobe released the final version, which had been renamed Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR).
Prior to AIR's release, desktop application development was done solely by high-end programmers using languages such as Java or C# that required years of training.
AIR works by providing a universal runtime. That is, AIR is an application that must be installed by users before they can install your application.
Most of the complexity of building traditional desktop applications had to do with the challenges of interfacing with operating systems and hardware; drastic differences between the ways in which operating systems work further complicated matters.
AIR, however, ...