M.Chambers & M.Downey in Belgium report – part1 !
3 December , 2006Posted by on
Today Mike Chambers and Mike Downey visited our Adobe User group in Belgium (http://www.mmug.be ) and gave us an insight in what the future of Flash and Apollo has to offer. First I have to say it was a really cool event and it tastes like more 🙂
- XML sockets API / XML RPC / SOAP
- Can run in background
- Offline – occasionally connected
- File I/O support
- Custom chrome (or if you are not a really creative person; use the system chrome)
- Synchronous API ! (so the opposite of Flash event model now)
The desktop integration makes several other cool things possible:
- application shortcuts
- drag and drop support
- clipboard functionality
- cross platform communication
- notifications (tied in the operating system)
There is offourse also a lot of scripting support but it depends on the container being used (AS3, HTML /AJAX / CSS, HTML, DOM,…)
Apollo also has already a bit of a history:
- M0 release: only Flash on windows support
- M1 release: +-4 months ago: Mac support; command line tools; ADL : run files as appolo application
- M2 release: 2 weeks ago
- updated windows API
- apollo specific Flex components (Flex team is working on it 🙂 )
- .AIR extension is used at the moment
- dekstop install
- windows and mac install (with build in check if Apollo is installed, if not == download)
- web install
We saw an really example where VCARDS could be dropped in an Apollo application where google maps was running inside the app. When you dropped the VCARD, the route was calculated automatically.
How do we make from a Flash/Flex app an Apollo app?
An Appolo application consists of two files:
- XML file
- Application file (Flex, Flash)
This is all packed together in an AIR file (some kind of ZIP format) and when is installed then copied in the application directory. The XML file has eg an element: <windowmode=system chrome> and that sets the skin of the application. You can also easily set the application to be transparent so that the background color of the Flash movie is knocked out. In the same way you can also easily create your own custom chromes.
When can we finaly test Apollo ourself 🙂 ?
Mike Chambers told us that Appolo will be on Adobe Labs at early 2007 !!
The first full release is planned somewhere mid 2007 (can be early mid or late mid) !
So still a few weeks to go without Apollo…really really looking forward to first public release on Adobe Labs !