Adobe: Apollo Alpha Available

Adobe today announced that the first public alpha version of Apollo is now available for developers on Adobe Labs. Apollo is the code name for a cross-operating system application runtime that allows web developers to leverage their existing skills in HTML, JavaScript and Ajax, as well as Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex software to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop. Apollo combines the reach of Internet technologies with the richness of desktop applications, working seamlessly across operating systems and outside the browser to deliver a more consistent and engaging user experience. The alpha version of the Apollo application runtime and the Apollo Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) can be downloaded for free from

Apollo is an important element of Adobe’s strategy to provide technologies and product workflows for developers and designers to create and deliver new kinds of high-impact, rich applications, content and experiences to engage people virtually anywhere at anytime.

“RIAs have become a core element of today’s web computing experience. We’re working to enable this new generation of innovative applications to bridge the chasm between the web and the personal computer. Apollo will empower millions of web developers to make their RIAs first-class citizens on the desktop using the tools they already know,” said Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect at Adobe, in the press release. “With this alpha release, we’re continuing our collaborative effort with the community of developers and designers to further evolve how the world engages with ideas and information. We can’t wait to see what the community will create in this new medium.”

Apollo provides people with direct access to Internet applications (including those built with HTML, JavaScript, Flash and PDF) without the need to open a browser, offering a familiar desktop application experience, and easier and more reliable interaction with content. With Apollo, people can launch applications directly from their desktops and interact with them offline. When a network connection is available, newly created or changed content can seamlessly synchronize. In upcoming versions, Apollo’s integration with the desktop will allow people to drag and drop items, such as image files and other media assets, directly into Apollo applications.

The first version of Apollo for developers includes a free SDK that provides a set of command line tools for developing and working with Apollo applications. Web developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of their choice, including Adobe tools such as Eclipse-based Flex Builder™, Flash, and Dreamweaver® software to build Apollo applications in significantly less time than it takes to build and deploy traditional desktop applications. Apollo complements Ajax and other RIA technologies. Additionally, upcoming versions of Apollo will integrate PDF, run on Linux, and include deeper Ajax support, and in the future Apollo will leverage mobile technologies.

The alpha version of the Apollo application runtime, required to run Apollo applications, and the Apollo SDK are available immediately as free downloads from Adobe Labs. The Apollo SDK is available in English. The Apollo runtime and SDK are offered for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems, and future versions will be available for Linux. To learn more about Apollo and system requirements, please visit


  1. “Why would you assume he’s not just running this natively on the Mac.(?)”

    Because pog, in the demo, Mike made a point of talking up Apollo’s cross-platform ability. He switched to Windows (and said so) near the end of the demo. That’s why. You could see the Windows desktop so VMware is out.
    No reboot, so no Boot Camp. That leaves Parallels. Right?
    It was not obvious how he switched platforms during the demo, however. Perhaps Adobe Labs has their own secret cross-platform mojo. Anything is possible, I suppose.
    Also, I’m assuming it was recorded live, so no editing. I don’t use any of these products (including Windows), so I’m guessing.
    Watch it yourself.

    MW: live – nice.

  2. Tho back to the issue. Interesting concept. The only thing that makes me cringe is that they allow read/write access to the HD. This can cause all kinds of interesting security problems. Granted, I haven’t read the documentation, but watching that eBay Demo, I couldn’t help but think: Great, another way to distribute malware on the PC, perhaps PERHAPS on the Mac as well (depending given permissions.)

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