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Highlights of the onAir Adobe Bus Tour – Part 2

After the introductory sessions, Kevin Hoyt jumped right into some awesome stuff with Script Bridging between Javascript and Actionscript 3. He showed a simple Flex / Actionscript AIR application that was able to access the DOM of an HTML page and manipulate it. I never thought I would be able to call “getElementById” within a Flex application! It was pretty amazing how much of the HTML Control is exposed to work with in AIR.

Daniel Dura came up next to discuss the AIR API items. He started off with a great description of the Windowing API. I learned quite a bit about this. As a matter of fact, I learned so much, that this will become a blog post in and of itself in the weeks ahead. He also covered the File API, Service Monitoring API, Drag / Drop / Clipboard API, and briefly touched on the embedded database API.

Christian Cantrell presented the details of the embedded database – and did an excellent job. I have seen him on video before – he is a very good presented – mainly due to the fact that he certainly knows what he is talking about. He a great comparison between the synchronous and asynchronous methods of database interaction as well as some great information for how the classes interact. This is one of the areas I have not touched in AIR yet, so I am now really looking forward to getting around to that. Also, if this is a topic that interests you, you might want to check out the blog of Christophe Coenraets.

One of the big highlights of the afternoon was a presentation by an attendee, Alan (I apologize for not hearing your last name – comment if you read this). He developed a multi-track audio editor in AIR that works with wav files (yes, I said wav files, not mp3′s). Obviously this was extra cool to me since my degree was in audio production – and I have spent years working with applications such as Pro Tools and Digital Performer. Not only could he read in the wav files, but he could bounce a mix out to a wave file as well. He also had all of the customary bells and whistles (visual representation of the waveforms, time zoom, cut / paste / copy / trim regions, etc…). I am very excited about this application. Now, I am not saying that I will be abandoning Pro Tools, but this is a great proof-of-concept for AIR – and could be integrated into a lot of types of rich applications.

UPDATE: The developer’s name is Alan Queen. If I can find a URL for the application, I will post it here also. However, he stated it was in pre-Alpha – so it might be a bit.

2 Responses to “Highlights of the onAir Adobe Bus Tour – Part 2”

  1. Quentin Cole says:

    In reference to the portion about Alan, his last name was Queen.

  2. JesterXL says:

    Alan Queen is the ActionScript King Midas. If he touches it, it’s gold.