I´m planning an AIR app which manages your local pics.
And there should be a connection to an online picture-database. The
local app should display pics from your pic-folders, read data
(height, width, resolution...) from pics and display them in
different views. Other information like category, description etc.
should be stored in a local database.
My question is: Is this possible with AIR? I´m not sure
if I can have a local user administration and an online connection
to a pic-community, search there and display the pics in my app.
Also I´m not sure which technique I should use: Flex/Flash or
I would be very happy if anybody has some good ideas or links
- thanks a lot!
It shouldn't be hard, as long as you stick to picture formats
that Flash reads natively: JPEG, PNG, and GIF. You have similar
limits with the HTML/JS path, due to the embedded WebKit browser.
You can write code to read other formats, but the interpreted
nature of the languages involved will make your application run
very slowly. There's a lot of competition among picture browsing
applications right now, and one of the key differentiators is
speed. A slow picture viewer will sink into obscurity unless it
offers some very special features.
Personally, I'd go the Flex/Flash route, due to the more
powerful programming environment.