If you’re unfamiliar with Adobe AIR, it’s a cross-operating system platform that allows developers to use HTML, Ajax, and Flash to build desktop applications. In the past couple of years AIR has gained a lot of popularity, and there’s been a lot of great applications created, including some that are very useful to web designers. Here are 12 of these AIR apps for web designers that really stand out in terms of functionality and usefulness.
Adobe Shortcut App for Creative Suite
If you’re like me and have a hard time remembering shortcuts for all of the Adobe products you use, then this app will be a life saver.
ImageSizer is an application built to resize, optimize and rename a batch of jpg images producing a zip file containing the images.
Pixus allows you to measure screen objects in pixels using both mouse and keyboard control, and preview your design with skins and presets.
Boks provides a User Interface for Blueprint CSS’s framework.
Icon Generator is a little application that lets you generate a CS3 or Web 2.0 style icon, only 3 step. Pick color, type characters, and save it. Just create 4 different sizes of the icon.
WebKut is an AIR application that allows you to capture web pages with various options such as, the entire page, the current view, or only a selection.
Shrink O’Matic will batch resize images of various file types, with drag and drop functionality.
Snippely is a basic text and code organizational tool. Instead of storing bits of code, quick notes, and memos in text files all over your hard drive, this application will let you save and organize “snippets” in one convenient location.
Contrast-A allows users to interact with a 3-dimensional RGB color space, experiment with color combinations. Custom color palettes can be created, printed and saved as Pdf to the user’s desktop.
COLOURlovers Desktop Color Finder
The COLOURlovers Desktop Color Finder can search the entire COLOURlovers.com database of nearly 1 million named colors and more than 300,00 user created color palettes.
Fractal4D isn’t your typical AIR app. This app allows you to create very cool looking fractals that can be exported to Illustrator or as a png. There are tons of options that control how the fractals look such as color, blending, easing and blurring.
Em based layouts – Vertical rhythm calculator
A very handy CSS em calculator.
Livebrush is a unique motion-based drawing tool. Toss graphics around the screen or elegantly swing the brush around your cursor. There are over 100 styles and decorations that can all be customized and shared. You can even develop your own motion behaviors. Then save your designs as vector or high-resolution png.
Brilliant post! thanks for the resources.
I definitely find these tools useful, thank you.
Slowly but steady people are starting to believe in AIRs usability
I love AIR applications. While not necessarily a design application, TweetDeck can certainly be used to connect with other designers and promote your work.
Thanks a lot for this post, some of this tools are really useful
Fantastic selection of tools! Extremely useful!
thanks, this is really useful resource
Thanks for your work.
This is a great list – thanks!
One AIR application I recently came across, called Livebrush (http://livebrush.com), is very useful. You can do so much with it.
That s a great links, thanks for sharing…
that’s really cool. thanks a lot for all these great information.
You guys should check out Livebrush – http://www.livebrush.com
It’s crazy useful for the stuff I do.
Very cool list especially like the app that produces fractals
Another great Adobe Air app for any designer is Klok – http://klok.mcgraphix.com/klok/index.htm
It’s a simple, easy to use way to keep track of your time.
uau will instantly try the shortcut app !! 😀 ty.
Dude, thanks for sharing LiveBrush. That is a seriously useful app.
Thanks for sharing. Some great apps there.
Thanks for your work.
If you are working on Flash3D projects:
The missing link between designer and 3d flashers.
amazing tips fella…
tks for sharing them
Thank you. I really like Snippely.
I use Fractal4D, but how do I export it as a png?
Icon Generator 🙂
never seen this before. Seems good. thanks 🙂