Palm Desert, California: Exactly one year ago at the DEMO 2007 technology conference, Adobe showcased Adobe AIR (then code-named ‘Apollo.’)

While many software developers have been focused in recent years on ways to move desktop applications onto the Web, Adobe Air makes it possible to move internet applications to the desktop.

Technically speaking, Adobe Air is a cross-operating system application runtime that enables web developers to use their existing web development skills in HTML, AJAX, Flash and Flex to build and deploy rich Internet applications for the desktop.

At Demo 2008 now underway in Desert Springs, California the first batch of applications based on Adobe Air are being unveiled.

They include:

Acesis which is using Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex to create point-of-care applications for its target market of small medical practices with up to 10 doctors. The company’s physician information system provides two interfaces – an AIR-based interface for physicians designed to replace pen and paper, and a browser-based interface for patients.

Fabrik’s next generation online service, Joggle, uses Adobe AIR to provide a single, aggregated view of a user’s personal content, no matter where it resides. Joggle finds and catalogues digital content whether it is stored locally or remotely on a web-based server and makes it easy for people to find, mange, access and share their photos, music, videos, and files.

2Win Solutions’ KonoLive is instant collaboration software that aims to make it easier to collaborate with colleagues and share knowledge. The service uses Adobe AIR and Flex to facilitate instant and uninterrupted collaboration across a wide range of systems.

Among the advantages, Fabrik’s CEO Mike Cordano claimed using Adobe Air had enabled the company to build a desktop application without forcing the company to hire a new team of desktop developers.

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