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Adobe Apollo Alpha -- The Future of Rich Internet Applications?

So if you’ve been following the future of Rich Internet Apps at all, you’ve probably heard about Adobe’s Apollo project. This is another interesting technology which aims to further blur the lines between Web, online, offline, and various platforms and technologies from HTML, CSS, Ajax, JavaScript, Flex, ActionScript, PDF, and Flash.

Indeed, it’s promise is applications written using any and all of the above which can run both online Internet connected and offline from your desktop OS. In fact, due to it’s development as a Flash relative, it is of course platform independent. Sound like Java anyone? Except, faster, smaller footprint maybe?

Mike Chambers from Adobe blogs about Apollo here and has a lot of interesting links and articles, demos, and constant updates. From what I gather, Apollo is just a code name for a product which will be forthcoming from Adobe.

Adobe Apollo Public Alpha Now Available

You can download the Alpha of Apollo now from the Adobe site. There’s supposed to be sample applications as well. The release notes are there as well, but I haven’t had time to read them. Finally, there’s a development wiki on the Adobe Labs site.

You can read ZDNet’s tour of Apollo which sounded pretty cool.

Should be an interesting one to watch. The thing that gets me is, Macromedia tried another approach back in the day with a product called Macromedia Central, which I thought was pretty cool at the time. That didn’t take off. Apollo however I guess has a wider technological scope, which should prove to be interesting.

It’s like the platform independent version of Mac OSX Widgets and MicroSoft Windows Vista Gadgets. Hmmm…

Mar 19, 10:58 AM in Web Development (filed under Rich-Internet-Applications, Flash)

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