For Rich Internet Applications There Is Nothing Better Than Adobe AIR
Posted Under: Adobe Flex and AIR
Adobe, has made it a habit of coming up with systems and frameworks that deliver rich internet experiences. The Adobe Integrated Runtime environment has been built from the ground up and is a cross platform, run time system that is used by developers the world over for building rich internet applications (RIA). What makes Adobe AIR development so special is that developers can build applications using Adobe Flash, Apache Flex, HTML and AJAX. As can very well be imagined, it brings together the best of all these technologies to deliver high performance applications that have tremendous business benefit.
Why do developers love Adobe AIR, why is it that if an experienced developer wants to build an RIA, the first choice is usually this particular runtime system?
The answer lies in its benefits; it’s the benefits that make AIR application development so popular.
- Amazing Games Delivered through the Browser
Adobe AIR leverages the power of OpenGL and DirectX graphics; what does this mean for development? This means developers can use this platform for developing some wonderfully fast and visually stunning browser based 2D and 3D games. The benefit that AIR offers you is that it allows you to build games for iOS and Android, as well. This is a huge benefit as Gamification of apps is becoming a popular approach in mobile app development. Apps that utilize game elements and game design techniques are being popularly developed to solve various business challenges and the use of the ‘Stage 3D’ feature offered by Adobe AIR will help make the development of gamified apps become a much simpler and fulfilling exercise.
- Stunning Media Integration
If you are a developer, you might have at times chosen not to integrate high quality videos, because there was a danger that the web application might not perform to its potential and the high quality video will end up affecting the performance of the application because of its slow loading time and its inability to embed seamlessly within the app. Well, developing AIR applications is becoming popular because you can now play high quality HD videos in your apps without worrying too much about its performance. Adobe AIR enables you to optimize GPU hardware, which in turn ensures that the video will be scaled across diverse platforms and still offer a consistent video performance.
With Adobe AIR 3, developers can extend the runtime. Why is this a benefit? Well, prior to the arrival of this runtime, developers couldn’t add core features to the runtime. It was only Adobe that could do it, but this isn’t the case anymore. Developing feature rich applications that have deeper integration with target devices is possible with Adobe AIR 3 as developers can use its native extension to access their native platform code. What’s more, there are plenty of free sets of libraries that developers can access, to implement application critical code, optimized for high performance.
What does this essentially mean? Let’s take the example of mobile devices. These devices offer some exceptional features which include push notifications amongst other things. With the help of the native extensions offered by Adobe AIR, these capabilities can be added to the application being built with this runtime.
- High Performance Applications
Every development company that is into the building of applications across diverse categories wants to focus on high performance. This is where the inherent nature of Adobe AIR comes into play. It offers developers a slew of APIs like the Lempel-Ziv-Marko chain Algorithm (LZMA) APIs, garbage collection API; a feature that allows the compression of texture of stage 3D etc. that improves the performance of an app irrespective of the use of rich media.
Something else that it offers developers is advanced graphics rendering in applications even if they make use of 2D/3D graphics. Yet another problem that affects the performance of even the best of applications is animations that play in bits and starts if they are high resolution animations. Well, developers love Adobe AIR for yet another reason and it is because this runtime environment offers high resolution bitmap support. Also developers can make use of asynchronous bitmap decoding and bitmap caching to build applications that guarantee smoother applications for a satisfying user experience.
Now that we have looked at some specific benefits of Adobe AIR, let’s take a general overview of all that this system brings to the table.
If you are looking for fast execution, something along the lines of .NET or Java, than the Just in Time complier of Adobe AIR’s ActionScript 3.0 makes it really quick. If you are looking for cross platform compatibility, then this is again the platform for you as apps developed with it will run on MAC OS, Linux and Windows XP and Vista.
Another benefit that this runtime system has on offer is that if you have an existing Flex or HTML application, you can convert it easily into Adobe AIR applications as the basic runtime environment remains the same. This is great news for businesses that want to add existing capabilities to their applications, but don’t want to make wholesale changes to it, in order to keep the development costs to a minimum.
Development with Adobe AIR is cost effective and if it’s an experienced AIR development company handling your projects, then it will also ensure quick development for a quicker turnaround. An application developed using this platform will work on all popularly used desktop operating systems, which goes a long way in improving customer connect. Businesses can reach out to a wider audience, and improve their strategic growth.
However, for this to happen, you will need to work with a development company that knows Adobe AIR inside and out and has a successful track record of developing AIR applications that offer all the benefits of this system. What’s more, as a business who wants an app developed using Adobe AIR, you must have a clear idea of how you are going to make use of the rich features of this platform for business benefit.