Adobe AIR features
Native process API
Create native installers that allow you to launch and communicate with native processes using standard input and output. Using the native process API, communicate with native libraries built using Java™ and .NET and native applications such as grep for file searching. You can also create operating system–specific installers (native installers). Applications that use the native process API must be deployed using a native installer.
Native document handlers to open documents
Open documents in popular file formats like PDF, PSD, DOC, PPT, and MP3 using the native application associated with that file. For example, opening an MP3 file will launch iTunes on systems where iTunes is the default application for MP3 files.
Native custom mouse cursors
Simplify the development of animated mouse cursors by moving the task to the operating system. Enable an enhanced user experience and improve performance.
Local microphone API (available for iOS in AIR 2.6)
Record audio locally on your device without the need for a server.
UDP networking support
Take advantage of runtime support for the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) to build time-sensitive, real-time networking applications such as multiplayer games.
WebKit with HTML5/CSS3 support
Benefit from new capabilities such as CSS transforms, animations, and canvas support.
Sophisticated printer interaction ENHANCED
Control how content is printed from an Adobe® AIR® application, including choice of printer, paper size, and number of copies. New APIs allow developers to retrieve additional printing information, such as printable area, whether the printer will print in color, and whether the job is active. Also print without displaying the print dialog box.
Mass storage device detection
Detect when mass storage devices such as cameras and USB flash memory drives are available to synchronize files such as photos, videos, MP3 files, or other files.
Enhanced drag-and-drop support
Copy files to the local machine by dragging them out of the AIR application and onto the desktop. This enables new user interaction possibilities for applications such as content management systems or online stores.
Socket servers and peer-to-peer applications
Build peer-to-peer applications or local servers that make it easier to communicate with other local applications or remote applications over the network.
Connect to a server that requires TLSv1 or SSLv3 for socket communications.
Large maximum window size ENHANCED
Enjoy support for large screen displays that can display windows up to 4095×4095 pixels.
IME API and IME text input ENHANCED
Benefit from better text input handling with IME software. The new API enhancements are designed to use with the new Flash Text Engine.