Adobe's new runtime takes rich 'Net apps to desktop

Adobe has released its cross-operating system application that allows developers to build rich Internet applications for the desktop

Adobe Systems has released the first public alpha version of its cross-operating system application runtime designed to allow developers to build rich Internet applications for the desktop.

Code-named Apollo, the runtime focuses on allowing Web developers to use their existing skills in HTML, JavaScript and AJAX to create desktop versions of rich Internet applications, Adobe said.

"People are starting to push the limits of AJAX and what they are able to do in the browser," said Pam Deziel, director of product marketing for Adobe's platform business unit. "[Apollo] is a way to further enrich the experience we have in Web applications by taking advantage of some of the functionality of desktop apps like drag and drop."

The first version of Apollo for developers includes a free software developer's kit with a set of command-line tools for developing and working with Apollo applications. Web developers can use any Integrated Development Environment to build Apollo applications.

A beta version of Apollo is expected by midyear, with the final version due out before the end of the year.

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