A new version of Adobe AIR–version 1.5–was released in mid-November in conjunction with the 2008 Adobe MAX conference in San Francisco (it was originally released for Windows and Mac OS X, a Linux version came out a few weeks later). I’ll talk about the features of this new version in a separate post but I wanted to quickly mention what your AIR application’s end user will see when the framework is updated.
The first time I opened this application after the new version of AIR came out (and, to clarify, I’m just running this application like any other desktop application that you would provide to a client), I saw this message:
If the user clicks on Update Now, the new version of the AIR framework is downloaded and installed. Existing AIR applications will continue to work (these releases are backwards-compatible) and new applications will be able to take advantage of the added features in the latest version of the framework. As I’ve repeatedly said, I’m a big fan of the AIR technology, and this is another good example of how the user experience is simple and streamlined.