Developers and designers use Adobe RIA technologies to rapidly create and deploy rich, branded content and applications.
Adobe AIR enables developers to create RIAs on the desktop using the skills and web technologies - such as HTML, Ajax, PDF, Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex - they already employ, said Adobe.
Applications deployed on Adobe AIR have the advantages of browser-based RIAs, such as speed of development, ease of use, and access from virtually anywhere.
But they also have the benefits of desktop applications, such as the ability to read/write local files, work with other applications on a user's computer, and maintain local data storage on the desktop.
Flex is a free, open source framework for building highly interactive, expressive RIAs. Adobe Flex Builder 3, an Eclipse based development tool, accelerates Flex application development and includes new capabilities for deploying RIAs on Adobe AIR.
Adobe Flex Builder 3 integrates with Adobe Creative Suite 3 software, making it easy for designers and developers to work together more efficiently.
And powerful new testing tools, including memory and performance profilers and integrated support for automated functional testing, speed up development and lead to higher performing RIAs.
AOL, eBay, Nasdaq, The New York Times and the Sharp Corporation are among companies to have already used Adobe AIR in web services projects, said Adobe.