Adobe AIR is a cross-platform runtime system currently developed by Harman International, in collaboration with Adobe Inc., for building desktop applications and mobile applications, programmed using Adobe Animate, ActionScript, and optionally Apache Flex. It was originally released in 2008. The runtime supports installable applications on Windows, macOS, and mobile operating systems, including Android, iOS, and BlackBerry Tablet OS.
Adobe AIR can also be named as a runtime engine or a runtime environment. It is developed by Adobe, a well-known company, which has developed many adorable applications.
A runtime engine is designed to run as required by other applications and it can provide common routines and functions that the applications require. Besides, some online gaming websites use Runtime Environments for their games
In a runtime environment, developers can create web apps that can be used on different operating systems or browse the company’s products directly from the web app without visiting the company’s website in a web browser.
Therefore, sometimes, you may find Adobe AIR appears on your PC after installing some applications. It can be regarded as an auxiliary program because some programs must run with its help.
- Window management – Opening multiple windows, minimizing, maximizing and resizing AIR windows.
- Menu bar – Adding a native menu bar to AIR windows, with sub menus and custom menu items.
- File management – Discovering drives, files and folders on the PC, creating and deleting files, renaming, copying and moving files.
- Console applications – Executing native applications with command-line arguments, and receiving feedback via standard I/O & error streams.
- Multithreading – Managing multiple threads, to execute ActionScript 3 code in the background without freezing the user interface.
- Clipboard access – Programmatically copy or paste text, bitmaps or files into the system clipboard.
- Drag-and-drop – Allows users to drag text, bitmaps or files into AIR applications.