Top 30+ Adobe AIR Applications

Posted on March 16, 2010


image Adobe AIR has become one of the most popular desktop publishing platform for interactive applications. AIR builds on the rock solid technology innovations like Adobe Flash and Flex and blends them with new functionality to make them desktop friendly.

There are thousands of applications that are based on the Adobe AIR platform ranging from desktop clients to popular web services to productivity applications, stock tickers and even games. Here’s a list of over 30 top applications that are running on top of Adobe AIR.

1. TweetDeck

TweetDeck started of as a humble Twitter client for the desktop and quickly gained momentum as well as support for innovative features and services. TweetDeck shows you everything you want to see at once, so you can stay organized and up to date.

2. DestroyTwitter

DestroyTwitter happens to be my favorite Adobe AIR application of all because of its clean and simple interface that packs the entire arsenal of Twitter based features into a slim and robust architecture. This is the best desktop Twitter client as far as my opinion goes.

3. Adobe Media Player

While the name might be a bit deceiving, Adobe Media Player isn’t like a regular media player. Its more of a personal DVR for Adobe’s network. You can subscribe to channels and automatically get your favorite shows online streamed to your PC.

4. Seesmic Desktop

Seesmic Desktop is a native Adobe AIR client for the popular Seesmic Web and Seesmic Mobile services. Seesmic Desktop provides a rich Twitter experience with support for multiple users, saved  searches, brand monitoring and much more.

5. for My Desktop

The desktop version of provides an easy way of interacting with the service by dragging and dropping files and folders from your local computer directly into your account, as well as browsing, previewing, sharing or publishing files easily from your computer.

6. eBay Desktop

eBay Desktop is an application that provides an easy way to browser the world’s most popular online marketplace. It has some really interesting features such as 1 click search filters, alerts, history, and feeds that go beyond what is possible within the browser.

7. AOL Top 100 Videos

The AOL Top 100 application lets you browse through and view the top 100 music videos on the AOL Music service, right from the convenience of your desktop.

8. AIR Icon Generator

Icon Generator is a little application that lets you generate a CS3 or Web 2.0 style icons in a simple way. Just enter the text, pick a color and generate the icon.

9. EarthBrowser

EarthBrowser is an innovative earth simulation that combines an easy to navigate 3 dimensional globe with real-time weather conditions and 7 day forecasts for thousands of locations. It features live earthquakes, satellites, webcams, volcanoes and current cloud animations.

10. Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler for Desktop is a simple application to browse and search color themes from, an online application to create and share color harmonies. You can easily import the color pallets from Kuler to your favorite Adobe design application or even copy the hex codes to the clipboard.

11. Stratus

Get the best weather on the web in a desktop widget with the Stratus. This modest looking yet feature rich widget provides current conditions and a five-day forecast for just about any location around the world, as well as severe weather alerts for upcoming extreme weather conditions.

12. Pixus

Pixus is a must have tool for designers. It lets you measure the screen objects in pixels using both mouse and keyboard with simple overlays.

13. Waver

Waver is a desktop application wrapper around the iPhone version of the Google Wave application. This lets you dock the application to a side of the screen so that you can always keep an eye on your waves.

14. Color Browser

Color Browser is a simple tool for designers to organize their favorite color palettes locally on their machines. You can import ASE files from Adobe Creative Suite applications, and Kuler etc into the application and manage all your palettes from one location.

15. Times Top 100 Desktop

Times Top 100 Desktop application does exactly what it sounds like. It shows you the top 100 of everything from Time’s annual lists, pinned on a virtual globe.

16. Desktop iPhone

The Desktop iPhone is an application which simulates the UI of the iPhone. It has the capabilities to make calls, receive calls, check voicemail, add contacts and even send voice messages using Ribbit.

17. Photo Uploader for Facebook

Photo Uploader for Facebook lets you upload photos to your Facebook account with a simple drag and drop interface. You can also view your News Feed, receive notifications, pokes and chat, right from this application.

18. NASDAQ Market Replay

NASDAQ Market Replay is a powerful replay and analysis tool of consolidated order book and trade data for NASDAQ-, NYSE- and Amex-listed securities.

19. DeskTube

DeskTube is THE desktop YouTube application. It features the ability to search/view/upload videos, post/view comments, view personal playlists, view personal subscriptions, record video, post updates to Twitter, Facebook, and even watch beautiful HD streams.

20. ImageSizer

ImageSizer is an application built to resize, rotate, optimize and rename a batch of images, outputting them as a single compressed zip file – perfect if you want to e-mail a load of images from a high resolution digital camera.

21. GeeMail

GeeMail is a powerful Gmail desktop interface which mimics pretty much the entire functionality of the popular Gmail web interface. Plus it adds a host of other powerful features like Offline access.

22. Remember The Task

Remember The Task is a light-weight Remember The Milk client that allows users to view pending tasks with due dates and add, view and complete tasks.

23. Mockups For Desktop

Mockups is a powerful design mockups application build to quickly visualize and design user interfaces for web or desktop applications.

24. Wikipedia Desktop

The Wikipedia Desktop widget lets you search Wikipedia articles from your desktop.

25. Contrast-A

Contrast-A allows users to interact with a 3-dimensional RGB color space, experiment with color combinations, check the contrast according to both WCAG 2.0 and 1.0 and see the results for different types of color deficiency. Custom color palettes can be created, printed and saved as PDF to the user’s desktop.

26. Social Media Player

Social Media Player is an open source Adobe Flex based application that lets you create mashups of your music with social services like Last.FM, Twitter and Facebook.

27. Yammer Desktop

Yammer Desktop is a native client for the Yammer web service, the Twitter for coworkers.

28. Snackr

Snackr is a ticker-like desktop widget that pulls random items from your RSS feeds and scrolls them across your screen.

29. Spaz

Spaz is a free, award-winning Twitter client for the Adobe® AIR™ platform, offering notable features such as access to direct messages and replies, CSS theming, and event sounds.

30. Q-Air

Q-Air is a QR Code generator application using which you can create your own QR Codes for mobile tagging. The QR Code contains several types of information such as a URL, a complete short message with target number, a phone number or simple text etc and can be read by any camera phone.

31. Flair

Flair is an easy to use application that lets you know whenever you’re poked, or someone writes on your wall, or adds you as a friend – without having to constantly check the Facebook website or your email.

32. Quakeshakes

Quake Shakes shows you recent worldwide earthquake activity and displays them on a map with info on location, date, time and size. Earthquakes of various magnitudes are displayed with different colored dots, giving you a dramatic visual record of the seismic activity during the past 24 hours or week.

And that completes my quick list of the top 32 applications based on the Adobe AIR platform. If there is some exciting application that I’ve missed then please do tip us via the comments below.

Article By Uzair Sajid (UzEE), a technologist and a freelance blogger who also authors The Technopath.

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