Christopher tm Herdt (cherdt) wrote,
Christopher tm Herdt
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Adobe AIR - putting web applications on the desktop, for some reason

At the Adobe MAX conference I attended week-before-last, Adobe was really hyping something called AIR: Adobe Integrated Runtime. It allows you to take web applications and turn them into desktop applications.

Now, I'm not really sure why you'd want to do such a thing. It seems like desktop applications are trying to migrate to the web, not vice-versa. (One reason might be to access data offline, which I suppose would be a boon to business travelers in between wi-fi hotspots. Another reason is that the application has access to the local file system, so you could drop-n-drag desktop files into the application, rather than repeatedly click a "browse" button and tediously navigate your file system.)

You can turn even a simple web page into a desktop application, so I thought, why not? I'll try it out. I turned my javascript magic eight ball into a desktop application. To install it, follow these steps:
  1. Download and install the Adobe AIR beta 2 installer (Mac or PC)
  2. Download and install the magic eight ball

It shows up with an eight ball icon on your desktop. How funny is that?

I should point out, though, that a javaScript-based eight ball is actually just random, not magic. To get the real magic, you should purchase a real magic eight ball. It's cheap, and also: magic!

Edit: I've put the instructions on my site as well. Put Osric's Magic Eight Ball on your Desktop
Tags: games, javascript
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