Adobe is giving its Apollo cross-operating system software for building rich Internet applications the formal name of Adobe AIR, or Adobe Integrated Runtime. In an interview with eWEEK, Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect at Adobe, said the San Jose, Calif.-based company has released a beta of Adobe AIR, based on feedback from the alpha version released earlier. Adobe AIR has the same database that exists in Google Gears, "and were going to align the APIs between Adobe AIR and Google Gears," Lynch said.
In addition, Adobe on June 11 announced the public beta of Adobe Flex 3 software, codenamed "Moxie," the cross-platform, free open source framework for creating RIAs (rich Internet applications). This release adds new user interface capabilities, enhanced developer productivity, desktop deployment and enterprise testing and performance tools, Lynch said. The Flex 3 public beta also marks the first significant deliverable for the open source Flex project, beginning with the availability of nightly builds and a public bug database, he said.