Adobe AIR: A good solution for cross-platform deployment
July 29, 2021

Adobe AIR: A good solution for cross-platform deployment

John Mihaila | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Develop and deploy rich Internet applications by combining JavaScript, HTML, adobe flash Professional, and ActionScript. End-users can access these applications from many types of devices including laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets. This cross-operating-system runtime system is currently used by the IT department and addresses two principal problems: cross-system functionality portability and ease of deployment.
  • Runs on Windows, Mac OS, Android and Apple iOS.
  • Allows developers to use tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Flash Professional and even text editor to develop an app.
  • Adobe AIR runtime and AIR SDK are free.
  • Android widgets are currently not supported in AIR.
  • Not all Adobe Creative Suite applications are compatible with AIR.
  • No support for desktop Linux.
  • Cross-platform functionality.
  • Integrates with some Adobe Creative Suite apps.
  • Supported by third-party plug-ins.
  • Allows easy porting of functionality and look and feel to many diverse platforms.
  • Shorten development and deployment time.
  • Reduced training and support costs by re-using common widgets.
Adobe AIR does not support Windows phones but works well on both Android and Apple iOS. It enables developers to build and deploy good quality applications to mobile platforms for a majority of mobile users and allows developers to build working prototypes in a relatively short period of time. It also helps if the developer is familiar with Flash.

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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.