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How are Adobe AIR applications packaged and deployed?

Nov 3, 2011 11:43 PM

Adobe AIR applications can be distributed in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

 

Desktop:

  • Packaged as an.air file or as native installer.
  • When packaged in the .air file format, the same AIR application (.air flie) will run across both Windows and Mac OS.
  • Requires the AIR runtime to be installed on the device. The AIR runtime can be obtained by one of the following:


Android:

  • Packaged as an .apk file and deployed to the Android Market or Amazon Appstore.
  • Requires the AIR runtime to be installed on the device.
  • The AIR runtime can be obtained as follows:
    • Downloading from the Android Market.
    • Preinstalled on the device.

BlackBerry Tablet OS:

  • Packaged as a .bar file and deployed to the BlackBerry App World.
  • The AIR runtime is pre-installed and integrated into the BlackBerry Tablet OS; therefore no download the AIR runtime is required.
  • This article in the Adobe Developer Connection provides more detail with regards to packaging apps for BlackBerry Tablet OS.


iOS:

  • Packaged as an .ipa file with a “captive” runtime and deployed to the Apple App Store.
  • The AIR runtime does not need to be installed on an iOS device since all necessary code to rune the AIR app for iOS is contained in the AIR for iOS app.
  • This article in the Adobe Developer Connection provides more detail with regards to packaging apps for iOS.
 
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