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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe AIR

A specific scenario where Adobe air would be a good candidate, is a project that requires the same experience to be delivered via mobile, desktop/kiosk, and browser (via flash). And one in which the assets are all created using Adobe software (photoshop, illustrator, etc.)

A scenario where AIR is less appropriate would be a performance-intensive app/game, and especially any type of project that includes 3D assets. While there are 3D frameworks for Adobe AIR, there are many other solutions that would be much better suited for that task (like Unity or Unreal Engine for example).
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Microsoft Silverlight

The Silverlight plug-in means developers can target a single, consistent runtime for browser-based apps, rather than working with the complexity of multiple browsers in different versions. You also get video and multimedia effects that are hard or impossible with pure HTML and JavaScript, though Adobe Systems' Flash has the same advantages.
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Pros

  • Easy to develop for, skills for programs such as Adobe Animate and basic backend translate well to the program.
  • Stable across multiple different platforms.
  • Can get a working prototype really quickly
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  • Easy to implement
  • No need for additional frameworks on client side
  • Out of browser capabilities
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Cons

  • It is cumbersome to update if you use Flash Builder.
  • It still relies on Flash and vector graphics and therefore can have poor performance unless you are using a third-party library such as Starling.
  • It is updated somewhat slowly and is still missing some useful features such as controller support.
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  • Cient side office support
  • Additional controls
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Usability

Adobe AIR7.0
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Although Adobe AIR is just an SDK without an actual "UI" it's commonly used within Flash, Flash Builder, or FlashDevelop. Considering the integration with Flash IDE, there are very few tools that can compete with its features.
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Generally stacks up fairly negatively, program definitely has its place, I appreciate what it can allow but now most desktop apps are fine enough as browser based experiences or for personal use mobile is the way to go. Air isn't the best environment for that.
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Microsoft Silverlight allows more adaptability and it integrates well with our products across the company. Adobe Flash crashes or doesn't work with our shipping campus.
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Return on Investment

  • It's a safe environment, great for entry-level programmers to get started and show their ideas.
  • Easy to get started, build and iterate.
  • However, at a certain point, Air applications can become unwieldy so for any serious project. We often would rather build it all outside of a middleware environment.
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  • Quick development - low cost
  • Quick development - quick implementation
  • Quick development - easy for scrum development
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Pricing Details

Adobe AIR

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Microsoft Silverlight

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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