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AIR 2.0 and FP 10.1 – new beta releases from Adobe

At this year’s Adobe Max Conference we were announced to expect two major product releases from Adobe. They kept their word: just yesterday Adobe made public the beta release of AIR 2.0, the next iteration of the AIR platform, and the prerelease of Flash® Player 10.1.

AIR 2.0 comes with great updates and new features that will enable developers to create cross-platform applications faster and more secure. Working with AIR 2.0 will turn out to be an exceptional application experience. Here is the list provided by Adobe Labs with the improved features:

  • Open documents with default application
  • Mass storage volume detection
  • Native process API
  • Microphone data access
  • Multi-touch and gesture events
  • Global error handling
  • Improved IPv6 support
  • Server sockets sup
  • Database transaction savepoints
  • Screen reader support (Windows only)
  • File promises (Windows/Mac only)
  • IME API and IME text input enhancement
  • Webkit update with HTML5/CSS3 support
  • Improved security and support for enterprise and government standards

As for the prerelease of FP 10.1 we must know that this “is the first runtime release of the Open Screen Project that enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and video across devices”. Flash Player is a cross-platform runtime across desktop and mobile devices, therefore having support on a wide range of devices from smartphones to netbooks or smartbooks.


A thing we should consider is that both versions are either beta or prerelease which means they will probably have some bugs, but the full half of the glass is that we can explore these new features and test them on our new projects. As Adobe developers is our job to provide a feedback in order to improve the future alpha releases.

For further information about these products and were you can download them access the Adobe Labs page.

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