Friday, October 27th, 2006
Kevin Lynch presented at the last Ajax Experience and couldn’t be in Boston this week as he was speaking at Adobe’s MAX show.
His keynote included talking about Apollo, which they released as a preview.
Apollo makes it possible to run Flash applications that aren’t confined to being plugins within a browser. This means: watch out Swing and WinForms, there is a new desktop development tool in town, and this one is easy to use for anyone who already does Flash development.
Adobe on Tuesday introduced a preview version of Flex Builder for Macintosh, which is available as a separate product or a plug-in to Eclipse. A Linux software development kit for Flex is expected in January of next year.
The Apollo runtime software will be between five and nine megabytes and needs to be downloaded or preinstalled on users’ machines.
- Cross-platform : Win, Mac, Linux
- Packages for quick installation from web
- Self-updating applications
- Filesystem access
- Close-maximize-minimize window operations
- Drag-n-drop of files from OS into the app
- HTML page effects (the secret is that they render html page as a bitmap pipe and stream it to modified Flash Player that is merget with xHTML renderer based on open source WebKit renderer). That is, html page can be blurred, rotated, etc but still be fully functional
- ActionScript can call JS objects and vise versa
Read more in the Adobe Apollo FAQ
Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:42 am