Adobe AIR

If you have been hiding under a rock - for example, your name is Osama bin Laden - you might be asking "what is Adobe AIR?".

Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that enables you to use your existing HTML/Ajax, Flex, or Flash web development skills and tools to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop.

Adobe AIR applications support native desktop integration, including clipboard and drag-and-drop support, local file IO, system notification, and more.

Okay, so those of you that have read my profile will realise I'm going to be slightly biased here: I work for Adobe. Having said that, I do think there are some cool apps that you'll genuinely find useful.

Checkout the full list in the Adobe AIR Marketplace.

One of the more recognised brands here is the eBay Desktop app. I haven't used it myself except as a demo of AIR for people.

For the web/print design community at large, kuler desktop will be of interest.

I do use the Analytics Reporting Suite, previously highlighted in my blog, as well as DestroyFlickr, which provides an alternative UI for exploring Flickr.

I did use the Adobe Media Player when if first came out, but the American-centric content wasn't to my taste. :-)

Finally, another daily favourite of mine is for my desktop. The Adobe AIR version of provides an easy way of interacting with by dragging and dropping files and folders from your local computer directly into your account, and browsing, previewing, sharing or publishing files easily from your computer. I use this to share large file packages with people I'm working with, both at Adobe and outside.

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