Adobe Air has become a very popular platform for internet-enabled desktop applications and it has been really useful for Web designers and developers. More exactly it is a cross-platform runtime environment that is used to build rich internet applications using Ajax, HTML, Adobe Flash and Flex. It eases the process of creating internet-enabled desktop apps and has proved to be pretty efficient so far. Website designers choose to launch this kind of applications on their websites in order to entertain their users and keep them coming back.
As it has increased in popularity within designers, there is also an increase in tools and utilities that are really helpful in different design or managerial tasks. We think you should give it a shot if you are a web designer looking for something powerful and fun to use in order to create cool applications for your visitors. Check them out!
Adobe Air Applications for Web Designers
WebKut is an AIR application that allows you to capture web pages, or parts of them in a very simple way.
Icon Generator is a little application built on AIR that lets you generate a CS5 or Web 2.0 style icon.Three versions are prepared according to the usage. You can use Windows XP/VISTA/7, Mac OS X, Linux.
You can use the Desktop Color Finder to search our entire database of nearly 1 million named colors and more than 300,00 user created color palettes.
This application is a simple way to create and organize your favorite color palettes. Sets of colors are easily viewable in a clean interface. Edit them, rearrange them, create new sets, make them your own. Cross-platform using Adobe’s AIR technology.
Browse the color themes in Adobe Kuler, sign in to your account & manage your themes. Also, import themes from Kuler Desktop directly into Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop).
Contrast-A allows users to interact with a 3-dimensional RGB color space, experiment with color combinations, check the contrast according to both WCAG 2.0 and 1.0 and see the results for different types of color deficiency. Custom color palettes can be created, printed and saved as Pdf to the user’s desktop.
A pixel ruler that enables you to measure the size of any object. With browser skins, overlay mode and screen size presets, you can also preview how your design will look in the real environment.
Random Patter lets you create random patterns based on images and other parameters. The outputted file can be saved as an SVG document.
Adobe Air Applications for Developers
Snippely is a basic text and code organizational tool. Instead of storing bits of code, quick notes, and memos in text files all over your hard drive, this application will let you save and organize “snippets” in one convenient location. A snippet is a collection of one or more pieces of code and notes. Snippets are stored in groups for organization and quick retrieval.
One of the simplest and most used projects I’ve done is the htmlText Editor. Mainly used by Flex developers, it provides a shortcut to having htmlText generated in a WYSIWYG type editor. I’ve thought for a long time about making a desktop app out of it. The time has come.
iPlotz is a downloadable application for wireframing and creating clickable, navigable mockups of websites and apps. It comes with collaboration and project management tools. The desktop version is $75.
FlairBuilder is a wireframe, prototype and mockup builder. It supports multiple projects, includes a components library featuring common website elements (buttons, drop-downs, etc.), and has plenty of formatting options. The trial version is free, and the full program costs $99.
Balsamiq Mockups lets you create website mockups in an environment that makes you feel as if you’re simply drawing a picture. The desktop Air version is $79, but you can try it for free (although you will not be able to save any of your files without a license key).
Boks is a free user interface for working with the Blueprint CSS framework. It handles baseline rhythm and grid configuration, CSS and grid.png exporting and HTML layouts.
Fnk is a visual programming environment for using a dataflow approach to real-time analysis of data from images, sounds and other sources. It simplifies the creation of multimedia presentation prototypes that respond to a number of input and output devices.
SQLite Sorcerer helps you perform the primary admin functions for your SQLite database. It supports the creation of new databases, opening recent databases from a list and retrieving the entire structure of a database. You can even compare the structure of two databases. You can also create, delete and modify tables and data and check the results of SQL that you write.
Organize all of your code and text snippets in one place with Snippely. You can also save snippets in groups for quick retrieval.