Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR

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Adobe AIR

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Was Once Great…

2 out of 10
July 30, 2021
We developed a popular mobile and desktop RPG utility in Adobe AIR. The flexibility of Adobe AIR made it possible to leverage our old …
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Adobe AIR

8 out of 10
July 28, 2021
We have used Adobe AIR to help our team build out different applications on windows, mac and android. It has amazing capabilities and …
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July 30, 2021

Was Once Great…

Jon Marr | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
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Adobe AIR was once the king of cross platform development. Sadly, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone at this point. It’s old, falling behind, not trusted by users, and a poor choice to build either mobile or desktop applications.
Score 5 out of 10
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With AIR, we construct apps using Adobe Animate components as ActionScript coders. We also used it to create a game for a client that ran on an intranet a couple of years ago. Since it's a self-contained app, it behaves like a normal program and so it's stable. The interface is Adobe standard so it's familiar and easy to use. AIR integrates with a browser as well, so it's hand for making add-on types of things. While it's a great program, I can't recommend it at this time as it's been discontinued. Which is a shame!
Score 8 out of 10
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If you need to quickly develop and deploy rich Internet applications that run on a broad range of devices, applications that offer basic functionality including graphics, transactional, lookup, dialog windows, etc., then Adobe AIR works well. It does use proprietary technology and in some cases, it is CPU and memory-intensive and can slow things down.
Stefano Monti | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Adobe AIR is free and allows GPU development. It is easy to use and is very time/cost-efficient. Building for multiple platforms saves a great deal of time. Using animation tools also allows you to quickly create a beautiful user interface, this is a real problem in other technologies. Using Adobe Scout for profiling Adobe AIR apps also helps a lot. Mostly the fact that Adobe stopped working on a new version of the action script was a nightmare for a lot of old projects. AIR is a great developer platform, it's a shame Adobe doesn't advertise it more vigorously. AIR is great but includes some critical issues that can't be fixed for years. Also, some integration is required from Adobe side. Occasional runtime incompatibility across different platform versions. Components for Mobile Apps development are not up-to-date, e.g. sliding menu is not available like native platforms do. Need improvements from Adobe developers.
William Alvarez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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  • If you want to create relatively simple applications fairly quickly and you need them to be able to run across a variety of platforms (PC, Android, iOS).
  • If new information becomes available and we need to quickly create a training module to deploy that information without too much fuss. In our situation, it would be less appropriate for creating apps that need to integrate with our main CRM system.
Score 6 out of 10
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I still recommend new up and coming engineers to give Air and Flash a shot, because it's still pretty easy to learn and quick to develop for. I'm much less likely these days, as the heyday of Air has mostly come to an end, but I still feel like ActionScript and Air give newcomers a fairly intuitive way to build fast little games and apps to deploy on the web as well as mobile. I'm not up to date on the current pricing plans for the industry tools, but I can say that neither exorbitantly priced software nor expensive subscription models are any way to get new developers to adopt your tech. Take a hint from Unity and Unreal and let the tiny indies develop for free.
Score 9 out of 10
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Adobe AIR is well-suited for a developer who is already familiar with Flash and AS3. It is well-suited for 2D app development using Starling or another third-party graphics library. However, to be used appropriately and avoid errors and poor performance, a basic understanding of programming principles is needed, so it's not great for a designer who hasn't studied a lot of coding.
Thomas Gorence | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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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).