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What is Adobe AIR?

If you haven’t heard of Adobe AIR yet, let me introduce you to this technology provided by Adobe. Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) is a cross-platform environment that enables you to have your favorite web applications with you all the time. Since applications built for Adobe AIR run on your desktop computer without a web browser, they provide all the convenience of a desktop application. AIR allows existing Flash, Actionscript or HTML and JavaScript code to be used to construct traditional desktop-like programs.

In order to run these applications, you need to first install the Adobe AIR environment in your computer (Just like you install Flash player or JAVA runtimes). You can download the latest version freely here :- Get Adobe AIR

My 10 Favorite Adobe AIR Applications

As I use many of these AIR applications almost everyday, I have made a list of my favorite ones. These are quite handy and I am sure that you will find them useful too. I have made a folder on my desktop where I keep all the shortcuts to my AIR applications. So, here they are :-


  • Font Picker :- If you have too many fonts installed on your computer, it can get very hard when you have to choose the right font type for your projects. This AIR tool shows you all the fonts installed on your computer and helps you choose which one is most suitable for a particular project.


  • Shrink O’Matic :- Shrink O’Matic is an AIR application to easily (batch) resize (shrink) images. It handles JPGs, GIFs and PNGs. Simply drag and drop images and they’ll be resized as you wish! Options allow you to choose the output sizes, names and formats.


  • Imagesizer :- ImageSizer is an application built to resize, optimize and rename a batch of jpg images producing a zip file containing the images. ImageSizer also allows users to resize images that are greater than 2880px by 2800px, however the resized images cannot be greater than this size.


  • Pixus :- This is a measurement tool to measure the screen objects in pixels using both mouse and keyboard control. It also lets you preview your design with skins and presets. Too cool!


  • Desktop Color Finder :- This nifty little app helps you to search colorlovers.com‘s entire database of nearly 1 million named colors and more than 300,00 user created color palettes. Very useful if you are a designer and need to research color schemes. You can even have output based on different object names (just like tags) and the app will give you color themes based on that (for example, the term “forest” will give you all the color schemes related to a forest).


  • Polaris :- Polaris is one of the first Adobe AIR applications to be built using the recently released Google Analytics API. With this application, you can track your visitors and all other statistics that is provided by Google Analytics right from your desktop. Very convenient indeed!


  • Moderator :- Moderator is a WordPress Plugin and associated desktop application, built using Adobe AIR, that allows you to view and moderate comments from your desktop. This app lets you view unmoderated comments, accept, delete and spam comments and also shows the Gravatar icons for each comment.


  • WebSnapshot :- The application is simple but effective, type a URL then take a snapshot using one of the three sizing methods; Thumbnail, Browser or fullpage view. The sizes that are used for each setting are configurable via the preferences menu for both scale and actual pixel sizes.


  • Snippely :- Snippely is a basic text and code organizational tool. Instead of storing bits of code, quick notes, and memos in text files all over your hard drive, this application will let you save and organize “snippets” in one convenient location. What is good about Snippely is that it uses a syntax highlighter so you can have more meaningful looking snippets.


  • Doominow :- Doominow is a small application that lets you create your own lists of To-Do tasks. The app has been designed from the ground up to stay out of your way and out of your browser. It has all the features you use, and none of the ones you don’t. Create, edit, set reminders, and keep archives of your old tasks.
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  13. StephanJade left a comment on October 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm |

    Great article as for me. It would be great to read a bit more concerning that topic.

  14. Brett Kromkamp left a comment on October 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm |

    I am developing a combined Adobe Flex and AIR application to manage and organize knowledge, based on topic maps: http://www.quesucede.com/page/show/id/polishedcode. Furthermore, the actual topic map engine was developed with ActionScript 3 and uses SQLite as a backing store (for object graph serialization and de-serialization).

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  16. AirApps left a comment on August 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm |

    Nice Blog. Polaris is a great app. A couple other Air apps you might want to look at are Big Browser and Bookmash. Both save me alot of time and are easy to use.

  17. RDS left a comment on August 10, 2009 at 5:54 am |

    I want to create a custom Task Manager in flash air . Is there any class or where should i start from to create this application?

  18. Arshad left a comment on July 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm |

    this is excellent.thanks.

  19. Dan left a comment on July 24, 2009 at 1:49 am |

    Thanks for the list Jai. I was looking for something like Snippely. Will give this one a try.

  20. yogesh singh left a comment on June 15, 2009 at 9:53 am |

    well i found the material relevent for which i was looking from a long time. Pls do update the air apps list and make me aware of the update if u do any. Actually i m looking some mobile air applications which can work smoothly on my Nokia E-63.

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  22. M. Pence left a comment on June 1, 2009 at 12:28 am |

    I am most definitely interested in Polaris & Moderator. Tools that help me understand my blogging as well as make it easier for me are always a plus.

    I’ve been liking Adobe AIR a lot and getting great use out of tweetdeck. I’d love to see a Part II to this post someday in the future! Very nice and thanks!

  23. James left a comment on May 20, 2009 at 3:49 am |

    The “desktop color finder” would be even better if it had a “color picker”. But it might be useful anyway. Installing it to find out if it is or not.

    Thanks for the list.

  24. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR left a comment on May 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    Nice list. Thank you. 😀
    If you’re using twitter, i recommend TweetDeck (http://www.tweetdeck.com/beta/). It’s an Adobe AIR app and i think, it rocks. 🙂

  25. Karolis left a comment on May 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm |

    Hello, nice article. 😉

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    useful list thanks for resources..

  27. Adobe AIR Applications left a comment on May 17, 2009 at 4:18 am |

    visit my blog for more list of adobe air applications.. thanks.

  28. wovre left a comment on May 13, 2009 at 8:19 am |

    the best list! love these themes!

  29. Vikas SN left a comment on May 13, 2009 at 1:25 am |

    Great List. Pixus and Font Picker look amazing. Downloading it right away.

  30. WPDONE left a comment on May 12, 2009 at 8:07 am |

    Great list. I’ve installed Doominow, Pixus and Font Picker. Thanks

  31. Vishesh left a comment on May 12, 2009 at 5:37 am |

    Thanks so much for the awesome list! installing most, right away!! 🙂

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