All designers and developers love apps, tools, and services that help to make there workflow easier. That is why Adobe AIR has proven, maybe not as mainstream popular as it would have liked, to be an indispensable framework for building small and useful applications. Who has not used a Twitter client that has not been built with AIR? Not many. That is what AIR seems to be excelling in, Twitter clients and useful web design, developer, and graphic designer apps. That is the focus of today’s article.
About six months we published a popular post called 28 Adobe AIR Apps for Designers and Developers, this post is an extension of that article. So, in total this article has 47 useful apps and widgets for designers.
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Boks – A Visual Grid Editor
Boks is an AIR application that provides a User Interface for Blueprint CSS's framework. It has been designed for those who think the Grid System is good but never really took the time to embrace it. It can handle grid configuration, baseline rhythm, CSS (with or without compression) and grid.png export, HTML layout and much, much more.
This useful app captures web screenshots from the following browsers: Firefox 2 and 3, Safari, IE 7 and 8 and Google Chrome. You can save the screenshot in .png or .jpg.
You can capture a screenshot directly or you can enter the URL. Useful tool.
ADM is an AIR application descriptor file manager. It's a tool aimed at AIR application developers who want better control over their applications' descriptor XML file by providing them with a nice GUI to edit the properties and icons of their little child.
This AIR application can take a SWF file that you drag onto it and then after choosing an HTML template it will convert all of the files out into a directory you specify complete with all the SWFObject code and SWFFit code if you choose to select it. It ships with three standard compliant templates ("Basic", "Fullscreen with SWFFIT" and "Flash Centered in HTML"), you can also create your own template by following the instructions here:.
The SQLite Sorcerer is a feature rich administration tool that helps you to perform the main admin tasks on your local SQLite databases and to compare the structure of 2 databases. This is what it can do: Open, create a database, encrypted or not; Create, delete, copy, empty, edit the tables; Create views and triggers; Browse, edit, add or delete and filter records; Export / import data; Run your queries and inspect results.
MyStylez is a MySpace layout creator that contains everything you need for granular control over the design of your MySpace profile. You can edit styles for just about anything that MySpace allows on your profile. Users can also access their Flickr.com accounts and easily drag and drop their images into their custom layouts and the finished layout can be shared, via MyStylez, with ease.
Doc? is a free desktop Application, that allows you to view your Flash documentation outside of Flash. This enables you to view, search and bookmark your documentation a lot faster than you could with the built in Flash support.
Once you have installed the Debug.a.li.cious Console, download the DebugaliciousDumper.swc and call either of the 5 static debug level methods of your choice: debug(), info(), warn(), error() or fatal().
Or you can call log() and pass along one of the 6 static constants of the DebugaliciousDumper class: ALL, DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR or FATAL.
The Adobe Shortcut App, an amazing tool from Adobe that lets you find and gather the shortcuts you need directly on your desktop. So they’re right where you need them, when you need them, allowing you to create your masterpieces with ease and speed.
Polaris – Desktop Reporting for Google Analytics
Polaris is a beautifully crafted cross-platform desktop app for Google Analytics. With 8 standard reports it's the easiest way keep your data always instantly available. You can track your visitors, referrals and campaigns to viewing your AdWords ROI metrics. Polaris is a free download for everyone who manages one website profile. For those who are managing multiple profiles, the upgrade to the full version is $15 / year. Both the free and the full version will get regular free updates with new functionality and features.
PixelWindow is a simple, light-weight, cross-platform application for measuring things on your screen. It creates a transparent window that acts like a pixel ruler with its width and height reported in the center. Just drag it around and resize it to measure whatever you want.
With Caldera you can resize, rename and recompile your images in a batch. Just drag and drop your images to the app and it starts working. You can resize your images by scale or specify a maximum width or height to fit in the images, rename your images automatically (prefix plus number) and select a new folder to save and then save your your images as JPG, PNG, GIF.
Livebrush is a drawing application that employs an easy-to-use brush tool, that combines simple motion controls with styles and decorations. Import graphics or elegantly swing the brush around with your cursor. Livebrush is certainly not the most powerful graphic editor, but it is one that you will have the most fun with.
By adjusting various parameters, the TiltShift Generator, allows you to apply many effects on your pictures: from miniature pictures to vintage styles images and recreate that popular photography style called tilt-shifting.
ImageSizer is an application built to resize, optimize and rename a batch of jpg images, outputting them as a single compressed zip file – perfect if you want to e-mail a load of images off your digital camera, or a folder of images – just drag, drop, fiddle with settings and press 'Compress your images'.
Once the files are processed, you can simply drag and drop again to export all of your images as a compressed zip archive or a folder on your hard drive.
Contrast-A allows users to interact with a 3-dimensional RGB color space, experiment with color combinations, check the contrast according to both WCAG 2.0 and 1.0 and see the results for different types of color deficiency. Custom color palettes can be created, printed and saved as Pdf to the user's desktop.
Klok – Personal Time Tracking made Easy
Klok is a personal time tracking application that makes it easy for anyone working on multiple clients, projects or tasks to keep track of their hours. Klok allows entry of time spent in the past as well as current times, and also allows for editing time entries. The application features drag and drop, excel export, archive and a collapsed view that stays our of your way.
The Adobe Developer Connection Developer Desktop (ADC Desktop) is an Adobe AIR application that delivers a number of helpful resources for Developers. You can easily track and receive desktop notifications to changes in bugs you are tracking from the public Adobe bugbase. Additionally, you can explore and track aggregated Flex components on your desktop, or you can use the integrated RSS reader to view news and feeds, and get updates as they happen. Finally, you can locate Adobe user groups and current events via the user group and events map.
Previously Featured Adobe AIR Apps
Description: GUI tool for Flex applications layout composition.
Description: RichFLV let`s you edit flv files.
Description: Snippage lets you easily make widgets out of parts of any web page. You do so by opening “snips” which are little web browsers you can crop down.
Description: You can not only measure the screen object size with easy. With overlay mode and presets, you can also preview how your design will look in the real environment. Ideal for web and interface designers.
Lita – SQLite Administration Too »
Description: A free, multi-platform administration tool for your SQLite Databases
Description: Web developers using XHTML and CSS, will find this tool marvellous.
Description: htmlText Editor is mainly used by Flex developers, it provides a shortcut to having htmlText generated in a WYSIWYG type editor.
Description: e2vector is an illustration application with powerful features such as layers, masks, pen-tool, gradient, undo-redo, SVG import and export, path splicing, shape union and intersection, etc. You can even upload SVG and PNG artwork from Creative Commons large online database.
Description: Auto Backup is an Adobe AIR application that helps you to automatically keep creating backups of all your .png files which are being modified, while working in Adobe Fireworks application.
Splashup Light »
Description: Splashup Light is an image editor tailored for those that want to enhance, beautify, or merely play with their photographs.
Description: Shrink O-Matic is an application that can easily (batch) resize (shrink) JPGs, GIFs and PNGs.
Description: The Calilper floats above other applications on screen and can be used to measure anything on your monitor.
Description: An app that renders paterns based on given parameters. Rendered image can be used as a base of a mosaic. Preset parameters can be saved and loaded (in xml file format) and output image can be saved as SVG document.
Description: ImageSizer is an application built to resize, optimize and rename a batch of jpg images and outputting them as a single compressed zip file.
Description: Simply drag and drop images, wait a few seconds, and then drag and drop resized images into an e-mail, an office document, or a folder.
Description: Fractal4D enables you to draw detailed fractal swirls that can then be exported as a vector or as a plain PNG.
Description: Import kuler themes directly into Creative Suite 3 Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Browse and search color themes from kuler (kuler.adobe.com).
Description: Color Browser is a great way to organize your favorite color palettes locally.You can import ASE files into the application.
Description: Use the Desktop Color Finder to search the entire COLOURlovers database.
Description: QuickScreen is a minimalist application interface allowing you to take screenshots, resize, cut a selection, cancel, restore and save.
Description: Convert images captured with a webcam to an animated GIF.
Description: Write a valid web address and hit the “Take snapshot” to save an instant picture of any webpage to your desktop.
Description: Enter the Url and press Snap. With Auto Save Checked, the thumbnails are immediately saved to your “save” folder.
Description: SWFShot is an app that allows you to create high resolution images of Flash content from the users hard drive.
Description: TrueType font organizer. Retrieves font name from the file, renames file and organizes based on first letter into a folder.
Description: This simple tool shows you all the fonts installed on your computer and helps you choose which one is most suitable for a particular project.
Description: Icon Generator is a little application that lets you generate a CS3 or Web 2.0 style icon.