Air apps need a widget mode

AIR restricted mode installer

It's been a long time that's one of my favorite feature request, but it becomes even more important nowadays as Adobe competitors are already on it.

Note that I do not want AIR to export widgets only, never! What I'm talking about is to have an option to export a sandboxed or normal version of the same AIR app. I'm with you on "launch another application from Air", "USB access" and all others extra system access on normal apps.

Oliver Goldman from Adobe said they would activate the restricted access mode as soon as possible on his blog exactly one year ago:

Some future release of AIR might offer to perform this function for you - that is, restrict the system access of certain applications. With that capability, you might make different decisions about which applications to install.

Mentally make the list of all connected AIR apps you use. Which are those that actually really need to fully access your hard drive to work as intended? A Twitter client or the excellent New York Times AIR reader doesn't need to fully access your file system to work. They only need a sandboxed local storage space and they already have one with the SharedObject. Other solutions as SQLite, application folder, etc ... are needed in my own opinion, but all sandboxed.

We need this more and more hardly because Silverlight 3 will, JavaFX will and now Curl 7.0 has announced that they would do so.

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Users must trust Air

Two weeks ago Oliver Goldman from Adobe wrote a post where he reveals that the warning about installing an Air application will stay in the next version, even if you choose to publish an application that do not access the user file system.

I personally think that this will tarnish the reputation of Air. I so have asked him in a comment why not display the warning before the application asks to access the file system, while offering at the same time an option to ask to never display this warning again. Surprisingly Oliver reacts to my comment in a second post. All I can say is that he doesn't like the "just in time warning" solution. 🙂

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Problem while installing Air 1.0

Since the incoming of Air 1.0 monday, I was unable to install it on my computer at work. I well have removed any previous beta version of the Air runtime, well cleaned "common files" from any Air related folder. But each time I tried to install Air 1.0, a message tells me that the installation failed, nothing else. I have found a solution today.

So here is a little trick for anyone having a problem to install Air 1.0 after removing any previous Air beta version :

  1. Use an extract tool like Winrar, Winzip or whatever to extract the files contained in AdobeAIRInstaller.exe to a folder of your choice. The installer is is an SFX ZIP archive.
  2. Find and use setup.msi in the extracted files. The install succeed.

It works for me, I hope that it will for you.

[WEB 2.5] Une application Air lancée en un clic depuis le web

Il semblerait qu'il soit désormais possible de lancer une application Air en un clic depuis le site Internet sur lequel elle a été téléchargée. Le SDK de Air livre le secret de fabrication qui permet de créer la page (news relayée depuis le site lafabrick) à même de prendre en charge ce nouveau système de lancement.

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