60+ Useful Adobe AIR Applications You Should Know

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Adobe AIR was first introduced on 19 March 2007 with the name of Apollo and designed as a cross-operating system runtime that enables web developers to use their existing web development skills, code and tools to build and deploy rich web applications and content to the desktop.

adobe air applications

With Adobe AIR’s rich features, developers are able to build application using HTML, Ajax, JavaScript, Flex and Flash. Therefore, we strongly believe that Adobe Air has unleashed the power to extend user experiences beyond the browser. Here’s our collection of 60+ Adobe AIR Application you should know. Full list after jump.

Google

Collection of Google product related AIR applications.

  1. GMDesk

    GMDesk is an application that lets you run Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Maps as a stand-alone application to do all your mail handling, calendar event reading etc with.

    GMDesk

  2. ReadAir

    ReadAir is a desktop client for Google Reader.

    readair

  3. Google Analytics Reporting Suite

    Google Analytics Reporting Suite brings Google Analytics to the desktop, with a host of features that help you understand how your website is performing and where you can improve.

    Google_Analytics

Photo & Video

Adobe AIR applications that allow you to search, edit, save or upload photo and video.

  1. Flickr Desktop Search

    Flickr Desktop Search is an Adobe AIR based utility which helps you to search Flickr images.

    Flickr_desktop_search

  2. ImageDropr

    ImageDropr is a new tool for uploading your images to flickr. This application takes a unique approach towards preparing your content, titles, tags, etc. by creating tools that expedite this process.

    imagedropr

  3. Flickr Flipper

    Flickr Flipper allows you to search for Flickr photos and also search for photos from specific Flickr users. It uses Papervision to display the photos one at a time and even allows you to download the photo to your computer.

    flickr_flipper

  4. Snoto

    Snoto Photo is a desktop application for browsing your recent photos as well as the recent photos of others. You can also do a slideshow of the photos.

    Snoto

  5. FLVPlay HD

    FLVPlay HD plays your local or remote flv and mp4 videos, as well as the ones from the YouTube servers which are available via the “Search” feature of the application.

    FLVPlayer

  6. AIRTube Video Downloader

    AIRTube Video Downloader allows you to download YouTube FLV videos by simply dragging or pasting in the video’s URL. After the video downloads the application will expand and show you a preview of the video.

    AIRTube_Video_Downloader

  7. RichFLV

    RichFLV allows you to read and edit FLV data. You can cut FLVs, convert the sound of the flv to mp3 and convert flv to swf.

    richflv

  8. uvLayer

    UvLayer is a social video application where you can discover, watch, collect and share video media. Searching currently focuses on videos from YouTube and Truveo.

    uvlayer

  9. mooFlair

    A desktop application that helps you to manage and watch both online and offline FLVs videos. More than a simple flv player, build your own FLV library and save your compilations in playlists.

    mooFlair

  10. Adobe Media Player

    Adobe Media Player allows you to queue up and download your favorite Internet TV content, track and download new episodes automatically, and manage your personal video library for viewing at your convenience.

    adobe_media_player

Design

Adoeb AIR tools that sharpen your design skill.

  1. Websnapshot

    Websnapshot allows you type a URL then take a snapshot using one of the three sizing methods; Thumbnail, Browser or fullpage view.

    websnapshot

  2. Shrink-O-Matic

    Shrink O’Matic is an AIR application to easily (batch) resize (shrink) images. It handles JPGs, GIFs and PNGs.

    shrink_o_matic

  3. Colorpicker

    colorPicker is a widget-like AIR application that lets you either choose a “web-safe” color from a color grid or design a color using sliders to adjust the red, green, and blue values of the color.

    colorpicker

  4. ColourLovers Desktop Color Finder

    Desktop Color Finder lets you search our entire database of nearly 1 million named colors and more than 300,00 user created color palettes.

    colourlovers

  5. Font Picker

    Font picker allows you to find the right font for the job.

    fontpicker

  6. Icon Generator

    Icon Generator is a little application that lets you generate a CS3 or Web 2.0 style icon, only 3 step. Pick color, type characters, and save it.

    icon_generator

  7. WebKut

    WebKut is an AIR application that allows you to capture web pages, or parts of them in a very simple way.

    webkut

  8. Color Browser

    Color Browser is a simple way to create and organize your favorite color palettes. Sets of colors are easily viewable in a clean interface.

    colorbrowser

  9. Photoshop Express Uploader

    Photoshop Express Uploader lets you drag and drop photos from your desktop to upload to Photoshop Express.

    adobe_photoshop_uploader

Microblogging

Adobe AIR applications that allow you to communicate with microblogs easier and faster.

  1. TweetDeck

    TweetDeck is an Adobe Air desktop application that aims to evolve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking an abundance of information.

    TweetDeck

  2. Alert Thingy

    Alert Thingy allows users to see the data stream from people they follow on FriendFeed, and post new messages directly to the service.

    alert_thingy

  3. Feedalizr

    Life streaming to your desktop. View, rate and comment on what your friends are sharing online, using one simple and easy to use desktop tool.

    feedalizr

  4. MySocial AIR

    MySocial is the newest Twitter/FriendFeed desktop app on the block, although MySocial has previously released a Firefox sidebar addon that offers similar functionality.

    mysocial_air

  5. Twhirl

    Twhirl connects to multiple Twitter, laconi.ca, Friendfeed and seesmic accounts.

    twhirl

  6. Posty

    Posty simplifies your microblogging. All you have to do is writing the message and clicking a button. Posty will automatically deliver your message to the services you selected.

    posty

  7. Toro

    Toro is a very simple Twitter client that aims for a speedier Twitter.

    toro

  8. Spaz

    Spaz is a Twitter client for users who value free, open-source software, attractive design, and customizability

    spaz

  9. bTT

    bTT lets you receive update from friendfee, post to friendfeed, send and receive tweets with twitter out of one application on your desktop.

    bTT

  10. Tweetr

    Tweetr lets you send files to your friends, but just dragging any file on to Tweetr. Tweetr will automatically upload your file and when it is done will provide a short url to send to your friends

    tweetr

Social Network

Adobe AIR applications that blend your favourite social networks into your desktop.

  1. DiggTop

    DiggTop is an application for Windows and MacOSX that lets you view a blended list of your favourite Digg topic or keyword feeds.

    diggtop

  2. Facedesk

    facedesk is an application that, when installed, becomes a stand-alone application to do all your Facebook surfing with.

    facedesk

  3. Flair

    Flair is a free, easy to install application that lets you know whenever you’re poked, or someone writes on your wall, or adds you as a friend – without having to constantly check the Facebook website or your email.

    flair

  4. Babuki

    Now all your contacts are in one place wherever you are. There’s no need to create an account and you only have to add details for the other IM networks once.

    babuki

  5. MINI DIGG

    The Digg mini client brings the latest news from Digg to your desktop. It also allows you to store the stories to your computer.

    mini_digg

Miscellaneous

Other useful desktop Adobe AIR applications.

  1. WordPress Comment 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.

    moderator

  2. Apprise Reader

    Apprise lets you read all your news in one place, and share it all in one place, too. With built-in support for over ten different ways to share stories,

    apprise_reader

  3. Ora Time and Expense

    Ora Time and Expense is a small easy-to-use application for tracking and generating timesheets, expense reports, and invoices.

    oral_time_space

  4. Timeloc

    Timeloc is a desktop widget that keeps track of the time you have spent working on a job or project. It will no longer be a case of guess work as to how much you need to bill your clients or assign to a project

    timeloc

  5. Doomi

    Doomi is a simple to-do-list application that designed to stay out of your way, be easy to use and look pretty.

    doomi

  6. Klok

    Klok is a tool intended to be used by individuals, who have a need to track the time they spend on projects, tasks or anything else for that matter.

    klok

  7. MiniTask

    MiniTask is a FREE, fast and easy-to-use task management application that helps you with organising your daily todos more efficiently.

    minitask

  8. Agile Agenda

    Agile Agenda is a project scheduling utility focused on allowing project managers to enter data about tasks. The software is capable of dynamically adjusting to changing conditions that occur during a project life cycle.

    agileagenda

  9. Xdrive Desktop Lite

    Xdrive Desktop Lite allows you to easily upload files and folders right from your hard drive, desktop, USB devices, or removable storage drives directly into your Xdrive web storage.

    xdrive_desktop_lite

  10. AirTalkr

    AirTalkr is a multi-protocol Instant Messenger that connects to MSN, Yahoo!, GTalk, AOL and ICQ. Not only that, it also has connects to to various Web 2.0 services like Flickr and YouTube.

    airtalk

  11. Pownce Desktop 2.0

    Pownce makes it even faster to read and send notes to your friends

    pownce

  12. CL Desktop
    – Craigslist is huge, and this application just makes sense. It’s easy to use and saves you time with saved searches and the ability to view pictures right from the original list.
  13. EarthBrowser
    – EarthBrowser is a revolutionary new platform for viewing and creating geographically based information.
  14. ebay Desktop
    – eBay Desktop is made for search, bidding, browsing, and watching. It’s all there, with a brand new interface.
  15. Finetune Desktop
    – Finetune Desktop gives you quick access to your custom playlists and will keep track of your favorite music from Finetune.
  16. Pandora Desktop
    – With the Pandora Desktop Application, you can play your Pandora stations right from your desktop – without opening a new browser window.
  17. Snackr
    – Snackr is a RSS ticker that pulls random items from your feeds and scrolls them across your desktop. When you see a title that looks interesting, you can click on it to pop up the item in a window.
  18. AIR iPhone
    – AIR iPhone is a desktop application created with Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex 3, it simulates the UI of the iPhone. It has the capabilities to make calls, receive calls, check voicemail, add contacts and even send voice messages.
  19. Adobe Developer Connection Developer Desktop
    – Adobe Developer Connection Developer Desktop (ADC Desktop) is an Adobe AIR application that delivers a number of helpful resources for Developers.

Resources

Resources, tutorials and collections of Adobe AIR applications.

  1. airapps Wiki

    A collection of Adobe® AIR™ applications out in the wild that the community can update.

    airapps

  2. RIAForge

    An online community site, built using their own products and targeted to support developers building open source projects for our products and platform.

    riaforge

  3. Apollo Hunter

    A community to share and download Adobe AIR applications with no cost.

    apollo_hunter

  4. O2Apps

    The ultimate resource for enthusiasts of Adobe AIR.

    o2apps

  5. Adobe AIR Marketplace

    Adobe AIR Marketplace is a place where AIR developers can publish their Adobe AIR applications for users to download.

    adobe_air_marketplace

  6. Adobe Air Tutorials

    Adobe AIR Tutorials. Articles, resources, tutorials, and downloads.

    adobe_air_tutorials

  7. Refreshing Apps

    Adobe AIR application showcase and resources.

    refreshingapps

Author:

Kay is a tech-savvy and regular writer at Hongkiat.com. He also maintains K-Director, a technology blog. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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