On the Adobe AIR bus

Adobe invited me to come along on part of its On AIR Bus Tour. I’ll be making the trip today up to Seattle. We leave at 6 a.m. from Adobe’s buildings in San Francisco. There’s going to be a live video feed. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. AIR stands for “Adobe Integrated Runtime” and is Adobe’s competitor to Microsoft’s .NET and Sun Microsystems Java. Basically it lets you move Web apps onto the desktop and out of the browser. Offline and all that fun stuff.

On my Facebook Profile I’ve been asking people what they’d like me to ask the Adobe executives. I’ll get those questions, and any that are left here in my comments, answered. There’s also going to be a Twitter feed, but looks like that, and a Flickr feed, are reposted on the On AIR tour page.

I’ll post some stuff from the road. Of course I’ll have my Nokia cell phone with me, so you’re welcome to call us on the bus tour at 425-205-1921.

Unfortunately I’ll be in Seattle only on Monday night for a few short hours, so can’t shoot any video there. I’ll spend more time in Seattle around Gnomedex, so if you have something cool to show me, let’s get together then.

Oh, and the Adobe bus will be the first vehicle I’ll have been in that has its own API. You’ll be able to track our movements every step of the way.

41 thoughts on “On the Adobe AIR bus

  1. My question for Adobe.

    Do you rip off photographers like Podtech does? Does Adobe steal photos from photographers and not pay them? Will Adobe develop a photostealing API for Podtech?

  2. My question for Adobe.

    Do you rip off photographers like Podtech does? Does Adobe steal photos from photographers and not pay them? Will Adobe develop a photostealing API for Podtech?

  3. That’s not an API — it’s a data feed. Interesting that they rolled out GPX instead of KML, which is what Google Maps and Google Earth prefer at the moment.

    If they published KML, you could paste it right into Google Maps and you wouldn’t need to use javascript OR Adobe AIR to see it on a map.

    Two of Ze Frank’s viewers are on a road trip publishing exactly such a feed right now. With little pink hearts, even. Google Map at http://tinyurl.com/yocdjl

  4. That’s not an API — it’s a data feed. Interesting that they rolled out GPX instead of KML, which is what Google Maps and Google Earth prefer at the moment.

    If they published KML, you could paste it right into Google Maps and you wouldn’t need to use javascript OR Adobe AIR to see it on a map.

    Two of Ze Frank’s viewers are on a road trip publishing exactly such a feed right now. With little pink hearts, even. Google Map at http://tinyurl.com/yocdjl

  5. I to want to know why I would be compelled to learn yet another system? No Thanks. I am sticking with Microsoft.

  6. I to want to know why I would be compelled to learn yet another system? No Thanks. I am sticking with Microsoft.

  7. Robert, if you read this in time, I’d like to know if AIR would allow images that are manipulated and changed via flash to then be downloadable to the user’s hard drive. I know that Flash alone can’t do that.

    Also, out of curiosity, I’d like to know why they changed the name from Apollo. Was it for legal reasons???

  8. Robert, if you read this in time, I’d like to know if AIR would allow images that are manipulated and changed via flash to then be downloadable to the user’s hard drive. I know that Flash alone can’t do that.

    Also, out of curiosity, I’d like to know why they changed the name from Apollo. Was it for legal reasons???

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  10. [... Sabiendo lo geek que soy no me queda más que sentir envidia - de la buena - por todos los muchachos que lograron su tiquete dentro del bus. Dentro de estos van Ryan Stewart, Scoble, Mike Chambers y el famoso diseñador Lee Brimelow de Frog Design...] ping back from Samiq Bits en Español

  11. [... Sabiendo lo geek que soy no me queda más que sentir envidia - de la buena - por todos los muchachos que lograron su tiquete dentro del bus. Dentro de estos van Ryan Stewart, Scoble, Mike Chambers y el famoso diseñador Lee Brimelow de Frog Design...] ping back from Samiq Bits en Español

  12. Here’s an idea, while you’re cosying up to Adobe staff, would you care to ask them why they price gouge us poor saps in Europe so badly?

    Here’s a great example:

    Adobe Illustrator (Download, US) – $599 USD
    Adobe Illustrator (Download, UK) – £569.98 GBP (or 1,149.03 USD, a 550 dollar premium)

    The difference between these products? Nothing. It’s not even localised in to British English.

    See also, an el reg article on the excesses of Adobe’s profiteering: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/05/pay_twice_you_wish/

  13. Here’s an idea, while you’re cosying up to Adobe staff, would you care to ask them why they price gouge us poor saps in Europe so badly?

    Here’s a great example:

    Adobe Illustrator (Download, US) – $599 USD
    Adobe Illustrator (Download, UK) – £569.98 GBP (or 1,149.03 USD, a 550 dollar premium)

    The difference between these products? Nothing. It’s not even localised in to British English.

    See also, an el reg article on the excesses of Adobe’s profiteering: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/05/pay_twice_you_wish/

  14. Out of curiosity, why do we need to know that it’s a Nokia phone? Just like how in many of your recent posts typically manage to turn into a post about the iPhone. What happened to, “I’ll have my cell with me, you can reach me at…”?

    We pretty much need a variation of Godwin’s Law for Scoble.

  15. Out of curiosity, why do we need to know that it’s a Nokia phone? Just like how in many of your recent posts typically manage to turn into a post about the iPhone. What happened to, “I’ll have my cell with me, you can reach me at…”?

    We pretty much need a variation of Godwin’s Law for Scoble.

  16. Each vehicle has an API. How should somebody write an application for it, without API? All car engines run on a small OS these days… Scoble, do you really think that only the web offers APIs?

  17. Each vehicle has an API. How should somebody write an application for it, without API? All car engines run on a small OS these days… Scoble, do you really think that only the web offers APIs?

  18. My question for Adobe:

    Why do you feel the world needs this product? If you in fact don’t feel the world needs this product, why are you producing it anyway?

    Cheers,
    Jonas

  19. My question for Adobe:

    Why do you feel the world needs this product? If you in fact don’t feel the world needs this product, why are you producing it anyway?

    Cheers,
    Jonas

  20. Q: How do you propose world domination with AIR when it’s Javascript. Us coders hate JS, we love C# and Python. Function prototype? Ugh, don’t make me vomit.

    PS checkout Open flash Chart, it is actionscript. I have coded a lot. It still makes me vomit.

    PPS ever tried doing a ‘diff’ on a .fla? You can’t. This makes patching source code hard. Tsk.

    Cheers,

    monk.e.boy

  21. Q: How do you propose world domination with AIR when it’s Javascript. Us coders hate JS, we love C# and Python. Function prototype? Ugh, don’t make me vomit.

    PS checkout Open flash Chart, it is actionscript. I have coded a lot. It still makes me vomit.

    PPS ever tried doing a ‘diff’ on a .fla? You can’t. This makes patching source code hard. Tsk.

    Cheers,

    monk.e.boy

  22. It’s all very well to talk about designers but in reality most of us are lucky if we can find a friendly geek (who might or might not have any design talent at all, but at least understands html).

    It’s a ridiculous situation. Ordinary folk like us shouldn’t need to know anything about code. After all, I don’t need a starting handle for my car any more, and nowadays, we even have running water in the kitchen.

  23. It’s all very well to talk about designers but in reality most of us are lucky if we can find a friendly geek (who might or might not have any design talent at all, but at least understands html).

    It’s a ridiculous situation. Ordinary folk like us shouldn’t need to know anything about code. After all, I don’t need a starting handle for my car any more, and nowadays, we even have running water in the kitchen.

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