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What is in Adobe AIR 2.0?

Posted by Sravan | August 26, 2009 .

Adobe Athena Rob Christensen’s mention of Adobe AIR 2.0 in his list of AIR-related sessions coming to Adobe MAX 2009 sent me in a frenzy that took me nowhere. Adobe AIR 2.0 is codenamed ‘Athena’.

Arno Gourdol gave a ‘demo’ of AIR 2.0 in the San Fancisco FlashCamp back in May where the only feature he unveiled was the StorageVolumeChangeEvent which can detect volume changes like, say, inserting and removing a USB drive. He also mentioned that more information about the “next major release” will be made public during MAX 2009. Those who attended the FlashCamp also had the option to sign up for private builds of AIR 2.0 in exchange for feedback.

Flash Magazine once wrote about the AIR roadmap that better debugging support for JavaScript development could become taken up on priority for AIR 2.0.

Speaking about the first prerelease of Athena, one of the members of the FCNG Google Group confirmed support for opening files with default applications from within an AIR app (File.openWithDefaultApplication method), screen readers being able to read runtime dialog boxes, and vector printing on Macs (already available for Windows).

Anything else?

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6 Comments so far
  1. Shannon Hicks  August 26, 2009 9:30 am

    Is AIR 2.0 still going to be released at MAX? I know Flex 4 has been delayed to early 2010, and it would seem the two would be released at the same time.

  2. Chandika J  August 26, 2009 6:36 pm

    I hope its more focused on memory management and performance than anything else.

    Complex AIR apps (like ours thats coming) will keep lagging behind the native windows/mac apps unless Adobe takes care of these things.

    Fingers crossed!

  3. Sravan  August 26, 2009 10:02 pm

    Are you sure, Shannon? I will contact my sources and see if I can confirm it, though I know those folks can be tight-lipped.

    I think AIR has been improving in terms of performance, Chandika. At least, it had some gaping holes fixed. And irrespective of how much Adobe takes care, AIR is always going to lag behind the native apps, what with an extra layer added.

  4. Rob Christensen  August 26, 2009 11:09 pm

    Hi Sravan,

    We’re actively working on AIR 2.0 right now and working on getting it into a state where we can share it publicly as a beta on Adobe Labs. We’ll be sharing more details very soon on our blog even before we release our beta. Our blog address is: http://blogs.adobe.com/air/.

    Cheers,
    -Rob
    Product Manager, Adobe AIR

  5. Rob Christensen  August 26, 2009 11:12 pm

    @Chandika – Though we have addressed a number of performance related bugs that have been reported to us in the last couple of dot releases (most recently with AIR 1.5.2), we are focusing on making more improvements with AIR 2.0.

  6. Sravan  August 27, 2009 9:35 am

    Thanks, Rob. We are watching you. :) Excitedly.

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