Adobe AIR 2.6, And All Was Right With The World
Adobe AIR 2.6 was released officially yesterday.
In a nutshell:
- Adobe has been trying to replicate the success of the Flash ideology on mobile devices: “Write once, run everywhere”.
- Adobe already had the Packager for iPhone (PFI) functionality built into Flash CS5 which allowed developers to code in ActionScript and produce native iPhone IPA files installable through iTunes and uploadable thru iTunes Connect (now that Apple lifted the ban on 3rd party apps)
- Adobe created the AIR 2.5 runtime to run on Android mobile devices and began introducing the ability to write Flex & ActionScript software using the next version of Flash Builder “Burrito” (I’ve been playing with this and it works well)
Now with AIR 2.6, the PFI has been bundled into the ADT (AIR Developer Tool).
AIR 2.6 includes a host of feature upgrades to better access iPhone’s features (microphone, retina support, multitasking, camera support, etc) as well as Android.
You can also debug directly on the mobile phone thru a USB cable (imagine tapping a button on your phone and hitting a breakpoint in Flash Builder).
This will also mean Flash Builder “Burrito” will get another option to compile your app to iOS.