Adobe AIR Takes Rich Internet Apps Beyond the Browser
Adobe Systems' Adobe Integrated Runtime, more commonly known as Adobe AIR, has become a popular target for enterprises looking to create rich Internet applications that run outside the browser on multiple operating systems.Adobe Systems' Adobe Integrated Runtime, more commonly known as Adobe AIR, has become a popular target for enterprises looking to create rich Internet applications that run outside the browser on multiple operating systems. The New York Times Co. and Adobe recently launched a new version of the Times Reader-the electronic version of the newspaper with online/offline capabilities, powered by Adobe AIR. The enhanced version of Times Reader 2.0 resembles the printed paper even more closely, and content is updated every 5 minutes, or even more often if users choose, with the latest news from the New York Times, NYTimes.com officials said.
In a blog post, Rob Larson, vice president of Digital Production at NYTimes.com, said, "We've built TimesReader 2.0 in response to the feedback we've received from you, our community of subscribers. A constant theme in that feedback has been to design the reading experience to capture the best aspects of print. We listened and now it is."
- Availability for all Windows, Mac OS and Linux users, since it's powered by Adobe AIR;
- Blends the best of the print and Web worlds-just like printed news with columns of high-quality text together with the dynamic flexibility of the Web, including search, links and up-to-the minute headlines;
- "News in Video" section provides the latest videos from NYTimes.com;
- Browse mode allows readers to zoom out and take a look at the visual overview of New York Times articles similar to browsing the print edition;
- New full-text search; and
- Integrated interactive version of The New York Times daily crossword puzzle.