BlackBerry PlayBook SDK: Adobe AIR Development

Adobe AIR Development

I am here today to talk about the very exciting beta release of the BlackBerry® Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR®. This is the first chance for developers to get started building some great applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook and if you heart Adobe AIR then this SDK version is for you. Building on Adobe AIR 2.5, the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR provides the following:

    – ActionScript UI components built specifically for the BlackBerry PlayBook
    – API Reference docs
    – A plug-in for Adobe Flash Builder 4.0
    – Packaging and signing tools

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR will help you get started building great tablet applications, and to test them out we’ve also provided a beta of the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator. Check out the SDK Getting Started Guide to learn how you can get the SDK installed and simulator setup.

The release of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR is just the start. Later this year, BlackBerry App World will be open and ready to accept your Adobe AIR app submissions. Make sure to start coding now, as we will be working to ensure that developers who get qualified apps submitted and approved prior to launch will be first in line to receive a BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM. Stay tuned for more details!

Not sure how to get started? That’s okay! Starting November 4th, we’ll be hosting a series of webcasts to get you up to speed on using Flash Builder and the new BlackBerry PlayBook development tools.

Don’t forget to keep checking back on the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog for more BlackBerry PlayBook development updates! We’ll be providing more information in the coming months on additional development platforms and tools for building thin-client and thick-client apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Hopefully you’re all as pumped as me! Remember: get your BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK NOW, get the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator NOW, sign up for the webcasts NOW and come back soon to submit your app to BlackBerry App World to have your app qualify to receive a BlackBerry PlayBook!

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  • jvalliere

    Mac SDK installer always tries to install into “Adobe Flash Builder 4” folder. Upon clicking “Choose” you get to select a folder to install it in however the installer will always post-pend “/Adobe Flash Builder 4” onto it so selecting “Adobe Flash Builder 4 Plug-in” will be a problem.

  • Hoss Gifford

    Really looking forward to getting my hands on a PlayBook! This is going to be a great bit of hardware to build apps for. 🙂

  • Eric at Ebscer

    So no alternative to Adobe Flash Builder so far?

  • Kevin Schaul

    I’ll give it a go!

  • Retronym

    Installers don’t currently work on 64-bit Windows 7. Error: “Win64 not supported: The author of the package you are installing did not include support for this platform.” This is 100% an installer issue. The VMware ISO and AIR SDK should work fine on Win64. Please revisit your installers as soon as possible.

    • Jt

      Agreed – this was dumb. I opened the .exe with WinRAR and extracted the .ISO myself. Looks to be installing fine in vmware workstation so far…

    • Mike Kirkup

      We fixed this today and wanted to let you know that full Windows 64 support is available on the latest version of the SDK. We also now support Linux along with Mac and Windows.

  • Anonymous

    RIM to Apple and Androi Customers: “You don’t need an app for that”

  • ekke

    I’m waiting for the PlayBook JAVA SDK 😉


    • Nikhil_shravane2004

      Do you mean Java ME API [non-RIM] from Oracle Corp?

  • ekke

    I’m waiting for the PlayBook JAVA SDK 😉


  • Satyajit Tambe

    Going for it.

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    Looks great, but I can’t get the Mac Simulator virtual machine running on my Mac, and I can’t get any support on the forums. It’s hard to develop for a platform where you don’t have a physical device, much less a simulator that doesn’t work

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    what is the link for API for 0.9.1?
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  • Bela Korcsog

    You can choose to use FlashDevelop in combination with the Flex SDK / RIM SDK components and a great little AIR app by studiochris ( called Fruitbat to initiate the compile request to the VMWare instance. I’ve used it for about a week and it’s a good lightweight workflow — although using qnx based controls don’t preview properly in your compile, only in the VMWare virtual environment.

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