Adobe Apollo public alpha launch

March 19th, 2007

Apollo is a new cross-platform development product from Adobe targetted at leveraging web development skills onto the desktop. Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript & Ajax skills will all be able to be integrated into apollo applications.

In keeping with Adobe’s recently more open policy like with Adobe Flex, the public alpha is available at the labs website, and it’s been announced that the sdk and compiler will be available for free, enabling more users to experience and build applications with this tool.

I’ll be interested to see how other vendors of tools in this area respond – I’ve been a fan of multidmedias zinc for rapid interactive application development, it utilises flash and extends it with many features you need on the desktop or for cd-rom, but while it is feature rich I’ve found it can sometimes be buggy and of course to use it cross platform requires an additional licence.

I suspect this may well become the defacto standard in the field, I can think of a heap of applications such as branded audio/video/messaging/games/viral widgets that’ll benefit from the speed and capabilities of actionscript 3.0 combined with the desktop system and network connectivity that apollo enables.

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