The key elements of Adobe AIR are its open source, which includes the HTML WebKit engine (the same as Apple’s Safari browser), the ActionScript ™ Virtual Machine (Tamarin project), and the local SQLite database functionality. . Additionally, Adobe recently announced its intention to provide Adobe Flex in open source.
AIR Developer Contest
Adobe today officially opens the Adobe AIR Developer Derby Contest (www.adobe.com/go/airderby), a contest in which creative applications can be showcased. Adobe will award prizes in five categories and a grand prize for the best general application. The winners will be announced at the Adobe MAX 2007 conference (www.adobemax2007.com), the event for developers and designers that will take place on October 15 in Barcelona.
Available for free at Adobe Labs
The beta version of the Adobe AIR application runtime and the Adobe AIR software development kit (SDK) are now available for free download from Adobe Labs at www.adobe.com/go/air. Adobe AIR and the Adobe AIR Software Development Kit are available in English and can be run on Mac and PC. In the future there will be versions for Linux and also in other languages.