The Future of Adobe AIR


#1

Here we go, Adobe posted its announcement here
The Future of Adobe AIR

which confirm the earlier post Harman (Samsung) take over AIR runtime and SDK

in short


As of June 2019, Adobe is transitioning ongoing platform support and feature development of AIR to HARMAN. This will coincide with an Adobe-issued update of AIR, v32, for supported mobile and desktop platforms. HARMAN has a long-standing history as an Adobe AIR partner, maintains knowledge of the platform and ecosystem, and is well-positioned to support AIR developers moving forward.

and in the details

Adobe will provide basic security support – limited to security fixes only for desktop platforms (Windows 7 and above, and Mac OS X) – for Adobe AIR v32 until the end of 2020. After that time, Adobe support for AIR will be discontinued and ongoing support will be managed by HARMAN and communicated by them directly. However, beginning with the release of AIR v33 by HARMAN, developers should contact HARMAN directly for AIR support on both mobile and desktop platforms – including bug fixes, platform compatibility, and new and improved functionality.

so not an EOL but still an EOL …

not an EOL, because yeah Adobe will still be providing security fixes and after that HARMAN is on its own

but still an EOL, because Adobe will provide those security fixes as long as they provide for Flash, after that? not their problem

in the end it will all depend on what HARMAN decide to do


Well… let’s see what happen and maybe more details later?


Harman, Adobe AIR and more infos
Adobe AIR is now HARMAN
#2

I think Adobe willl provide security fixes until 2020 just for v32… From v33 is all on Harman side…


#3

Hi @adroperez, welcome to the forum

yeah I agree that’s why I also see it as an EOL from Adobe

to be honest it is kind of embarrassing for them (Adobe)

when they announced the Flash EOL (circa 25 July 2017)
that was the perfect moment to also announce either the Adobe AIR EOL
or the transfer of Adobe AIR maintenance, update and support to someone else

so it took them (Adobe) almost 2 years, more exactly 1 year, 10 months, and 6 days to realise “hey we gonna pass it to someone else”

maybe they tried to continue it but some internal stuff (whatever) prevented them to do so
maybe it took them that long to find someone else being able to maintain it without doing a butcher job
maybe … many many things

this I don’t know

what I do know is in term of licensing

searching a bit you could find those AIR distribution licenses

but those do not cover source code nor branding

If you digg a bit more you can find
Trade Restrictions on Importing, Exporting, and Using Adobe Products

and there you can find out that there are already licences planed for a company to get and modify the AIR source code



In fact, I do know from the AIR SDK 2.6 / 3.0 era few companies got access to the AIR SDK sources, think “media box connected to a TV”

So yeah if you have the budget and/or the business model for it you can contact Adobe and pay them licensing fee so you can get the sources to publish Adobe AIR on your very specific case (and yes it must cost a lot of money so not accessible to small indie dev).

But those licenses are exactly there to prevent those companies to redistribute their change publicly, or name the thing “Adobe AIR” etc.

Now, what I can guess from the announcements is that Adobe have agreed to license the Adobe AIR SDK and runtime (and so their sources too) to HARMAN, and apparently will also allow them to redistribute it (maybe? to be confirmed) under the “Adobe AIR” name/branding as the current AIR SDK and runtime we are used to get from Adobe.

Off course they will not be allowed to redistribute the source code (don’t dream), besides what is already available in the AIR SDK you already know.

The security fix are not that important when it concern Adobe AIR (those are mainly for the Flash Player).

In fact, removing some security fixes that got added to the runtime because of Flash could make Adobe AIR faster, because different context of usage/distribution etc.

At that point it can go in a lot of different directions, it would be mainly driven by what HARMAN want to do (eg. what is their interest in the runtime); For example, if among HAMRNA products they do need something that work on a specific CPU architecture (that AIR does not currently support) you could see a new AIR target for that specific CPU, or Operating System (Linux!), or really anything …

It could also go in the other direction, let assume it is extremely painful and cost a lot of money to keep supporting Adobe AIR for the macOS desktop, HARMAN may decide to stop supporting it if it does not align with their interest.

It depends on so many things:

  • Why HARMAN decided to do that?
    Is it mainly to support their own customers? Do they want to show up more on the radar of developers ? Pick any wild guess :slight_smile:
  • to maintain/update/support Adobe AIR runtime and SDK is not a small job
    depends on the size of the team, the skills , cross-platform experience, budget, etc.
    maybe they would want to do things but can’t …
  • length of the licensing terms ?
    Adobe will still own Adobe AIR, they are certainly not selling it
  • your guess is as good as mine

#4

Since its release in 2008, the Adobe AIR runtime has enabled developers to create and deploy Flex, ActionScript and HTML-based content as standalone desktop apps, as well as native iOS and Android apps running on mobile devices since 2010. We’ve been impressed by the broad set of AIR apps and games created by the developer community – reaching hundreds of millions of desktop and mobile devices. Adobe values the work of the developer community, and we’ve incorporated feedback received over the years into our runtimes and product roadmaps.

Adobe remains committed to providing exceptional tools and services for designers and developers to create engaging content. We also leverage our robust partner ecosystem to enhance product development and meet our customers’ needs with evolving desktop and mobile app development tools.

As of June 2019, Adobe is transitioning ongoing platform support and feature development of AIR to HARMAN. This will coincide with an Adobe-issued update of AIR, v32, for supported mobile and desktop platforms. HARMAN has a long-standing history as an Adobe AIR partner, maintains knowledge of the platform and ecosystem, and is well-positioned to support AIR developers moving forward.

HARMAN (a wholly‐owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide. HARMAN’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. Adobe has a long history collaborating with HARMAN, which is a key partner for Flash runtime migration and enterprise support as companies transition their existing ActionScript and Flex applications to new technologies. HARMAN has also been supporting customers with bespoke versions of Adobe AIR for the past decade.

Adobe will provide basic security support – limited to security fixes only for desktop platforms (Windows 7 and above, and Mac OS X) – for Adobe AIR v32 until the end of 2020. After that time, Adobe support for AIR will be discontinued and ongoing support will be managed by HARMAN and communicated by them directly. However, beginning with the release of AIR v33 by HARMAN, developers should contact HARMAN directly for AIR support on both mobile and desktop platforms – including bug fixes, platform compatibility, and new and improved functionality.

For more information about the transition of AIR, please visit HARMAN’s website and the Adobe AIR Community Forum. AIR developers needing assistance can also contact HARMAN at adobe.support@harman.com.


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#5

WHY couldn’t the FUCK they just open source it ?
ActionScript Forever !!!


#6

could be many reasons, from other discussions in the past

  • some libraries used in Flash/AIR can not be open sourced
  • it is a huge code base, open sourcing it would take a lot of resources
  • the source code being open sourced would not guarantee its maintenance