Adobe ships first Apollo preview

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Adobe ships first Apollo preview

New web development platform due out later this year.

Adobe has shipped an early test version of its Apollo cross-operating system runtime that allows developers to marry online and offline applications.

The software vendor on Monday unveiled an "alpha" or very early test version that is available as a free download to developers. It includes a software development kit and the runtime environment that allow Apollo applications to be executed. 

The platform allows an application to pull data off the internet and post local data online. When no internet connection is detected, the application will cache all information and send it when the connection is restored.

It supports existing techniques that are used for building internet applications, including HTML, JavaScript and Flash.

Adobe for instance has demonstrated a desktop application developed by Ebay that allows users to place bids, maintain watch lists and post new items for sale. The application is accessed through a regular icon, where most of today's internet applications are displayed inside a browser.

Adobe is a major player in the internet development and design market. It owns the Flash programming platform that powers online video services like Youtube, as well as development and design tools ranging from the Dreamweaver HTML editor to Photoshop.

The Apollo development tools are currently available for Windows and OS X. A Linux version has been promised for the future. A beta version is scheduled for release this summer and the final product is expected later this year.
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