The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Development
Author: Marco Casario
Publisher: friends of ED; 1 edition
Publication Date: 2008-12-22
ISBN-10: 1430215887
ISBN-13: 9781430215882
Paperback: 720 Pages
The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Development (Friends of ed Adobe Learning Library)

  • Embrace the Flash Platform and learn how to build desktop applications using the AIR SDK alongside Flash CS4.
  • Understand and use the ActionScript 3.0 AIR APIs.
  • Create applications that interact with any operating system to create, read, and write local files.
  • Write applications that can run both online and offline, automatically checking for Internet connectivity.
  • Build AIR applications that communicate with a local SQLite database.

We all know what a great tool Flash is for creating dynamic, engaging web content, and Adobe’s latest CS4 release just makes it even better. Among the great new features is the ability to take all the power of Flash for the Web and put in on the desktop using AIR. AIR capability is built right into the Flash CS4 IDE, which means you can start writing desktop applications right away.

This book not only covers the essentials of using Flash with AIR (and AIR with Flash), but also shows you how to extend application functionality in new ways. once you’ve got Flash on the desktop, you’re no longer constrained by the limitations of running inside a web browser. You’ll have access to the local desktop file system, and AIR adds SQLite functionality for native database support. And just as Flash animations have a consistent look and feel across browsers, AIR allows you to create applications that work consistently across operating systems—Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

For any Flash developer who wants to go from the Web to the desktop (and who doesn’t?), this book is required reading. It not only tells you how to do it, but is full of practical, easy-to-follow examples that will have you building desktop AIR applications with Flash in no time. Expanding your existing Flash skills with the Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Development will make you an even more potent and indispensable force on any development team!

Summary of Contents

  1. Introducing Adobe AIR
  2. Introducing Flash CS4
  3. Building Your First AIR Application
  4. Setting AIR Application Properties
  5. Working with the Window APIs and the Screen Class
  6. Creating Menus for Flash Applications
  7. Accessing the File System
  8. Working with the operating System
  9. Adding Rich Media: PDF, Video, and Audio Files
  10. Working with HTML Content
  11. Monitoring network Connectivity
  12. SQLite Programming in Flash CS4
  13. Packaging, Distributing, and Installing AIR Applications

Marco is one of the most dynamic developers and consultants in the Adobe world.

He has been passionate about informatics since he was little more than a child and used to program games in Basic for Commodore 64 before dedicating himself, while still very young, to innovative projects for the web using Flash and Director (as far back as versions 3 and 5.)

In 2001, he began to collaborate with Macromedia Italia. Since that year he has produced and headed a long series of presentations, conferences and articles, which you can find listed in detail in his blog entitled “hands on Adobe world” (,) which is currently receiving several thousands of unique visitors every day.

In 2005, Marco founded Comtaste (,) a company dedicated to exploring new frontiers in Rich Internet Applications and the convergence between the web and the world of mobile devices&emdash;MobyMobile ( and YouThru ( are representative of their recent work.

Another example of Marco’s achievements is that he is founder of the biggest worldwide Flash Lite User Group ( and of, a reference point for the Italian community of Adobe users, in which he carries out the role of Channel Manager for the section dedicated to Flex (

Marco is currently busy working on the development (in Flex) of a very ambitious project concerning bank counters at European level, and in various consulting and Flex and Flash Media Server training activities for the realisation of Rich Internet Applications on behalf of buyers of the calibre of Capgemini, Engineering, IBM partners, and Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd

The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Development (Friends of Ed Adobe Learning Library) (Paperback)
Author: Marco Casario
ISBN: 1430215887
Publisher: Apress
Book Price: USD 36.99
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The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Development


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