Research in Motion (RIM) has launched an Adobe Air software development kit (SDK) for the Blackberry Tablet operating system (OS) to allow developers to create Air applications for the Blackberry Playbook.
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Air, Adobe's internet application platform, enables web developers to create feature-rich internet applications. It is used in the BBC iPlayer.
The new SDK includes hardware-accelerated playback of graphic content, display of HTML and Flash content, user interface components for touch screen gestures as well as C++ extensions and APIs such as geolocation and. Existing Adobe Air apps can be ported to the Blackberry Playbook.
"The new SDK for the Blackberry Playbook unleashes a wealth of opportunity for the Adobe and Blackberry development communities to easily create value-added applications and experiences for customers and we are extremely excited by the positive feedback received from developers in early trials," said David Yach, CTO for software at RIM.
Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer for Salesforce.com, said, "Mobile and social technologies are the future of enterprise computing. The Blackberry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR will enable us to seamlessly deliver real-time collaboration with Chatter Mobile to business users around the world on the Blackberry Playbook."
The Blackberry Playbook with Blackberry Tablet OS supports Adobe Air 2.5 and Adobe Flash player 10.1.