BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR – Beta 2 Release!

Adobe AIR Development

It’s been about a month since we had our first release of the BlackBerry® Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR, and we’re back with more for you to play with! There’s a few exciting things I wanted to talk to you about with this release, so once we are done here, make sure you get version 0.9.1 of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK beta!

  • BlackBerry OS UI Component bug fixes: Some tweaks were made to the API to make it better for you, and some beta bugs were fixed as well.
  • Windows 64-bit support: The installers now work in Windows 64-bit.
  • Linux support: Simulator and BlackBerry OS SDK for Adobe AIR now supported on Linux. Let’s hear some feedback from the community on this one.
  • Flash Builder 4.5 (Burrito / Flex Mobile ‘Hero’) Support: The plug-in installers will work with either Flash Builder 4.0 or the pre-release version of Flash Builder Burrito from Adobe’s website.

I did want to take just a few more moments to talk about why support for Flash Builder 4.5 is important. Flash Builder 4.5 introduces Adobe’s Flex Mobile or ‘Hero’, which is significant as it provides Flex components that have been optimized for mobile. Once the Tablet OS plug-in is installed, you can create a Flex Mobile project that targets the BlackBerry Tablet OS platform. Then drag and drop to your heart’s content! (It is important to note that this is a pre-release from Adobe, and we’ll be working with them to make sure it’s fully supported in their final product.)

So now that you’re all excited, head over to to get your very own copy of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK v0.9.1 for Adobe AIR and the getting-started guide.

About Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup is the Director for the Developer Relations program at Research In Motion (RIM), which is responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide. Mike and his team work with RIM’s developer community to provide support and guidance as developers work to integrate their applications to the BlackBerry platform. Mike joined RIM in 2001 as a Security Software Developer in RIM’s Wireless Security Group. As part of the Wireless Securty group, Mike contributed to the development of the BlackBerry Cryptography API, S/MIME and PGP implementations. Mike holds a Masters of Management Science and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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  • Jason Fincanon

    Awesome, thanks!
    Has the simulator been updated as well or should we continue using the one we already have.

    • J. Rab

      @Jason: the simulator has not been updated. Only the SDK. I know. Bummer.

      • Mike

        Mostly a bummer due to the lack of Win 64-bit support. :-(

      • dkonigs

        The “simulator installer” is an executable that really does nothing other than extract a single ISO file, which you then run using VMware Player. So just extract it some other way, and it’ll work fine. I just wish RIM would post the ISO inside a ZIP or something, and not force you to run that awkwardly-restricted “installer” to get at it.

      • Ali

        I’ve posted instructions for extracting the ISO file using 7-Zip here:

        BlackBerry should really fix this up.

  • ddluk

    One question. Applications which will be using Flex Mobile will be also able to get free tablet for developer?

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! I was waiting for WYSIWYG Flex Mobile support.

  • Lou

    Using FB 4.5 which type of project do you create? “Mobile or Flex”. Also, using the BlackBerry SDK gives a error message “SDK 0.9.1 for Adobe AIR does not support mobile projects”.

    • Joynal Rab

      hey Lou,

      you have to choose the ActionScript Mobile Project option and choose the Flex Hero SDK and not BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK. In the next page you may choose the BlackBerry Tablet as a Target Platform.

      • Mohammed Kayyali

        Only Google Android in the target platforms, i installed the ( BlackBerryTabletSDK-Air-Installer-0.9.1-Win ) in my FB Burrito SDKs.

      • Blackberry

        Me, too. Anyone know why we don’t see “BlackBerry Tablet” in the target platforms?

      • Michael Garland

        I am having this same problem Mohammed, any luck getting it to work?

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  • CreativeAppLabs

    Hi we were are Air developers interested to port our apps in Blackberry Playbook. Where to get one for testing our apps. We need your help atleast for the first cycle

  • Jason Fincanon

    Are we able to actually submit our apps yet? I started the submission process, but it wanted a cod or zip file and wouldn’t accept my bar file.

    • Joynal Rab

      hey jason,

      we cant submit our AIR apps just yet. App World is still in the process of being updated. The official statement is in the coming weeks. They will post on this blog when submission of AIR apps becomes possible.

  • Steffen

    awesome. Finally a Linux version. Thanks!

  • thedude

    Hey, so the new SDK broke all my existing app custom icons (through the blackberry-tablet.xml). I figured out after re-reading the getting started guide that there’s a new method to adding icons.

    Any plans for some impact analysis for your existing dev community in the future? Breaking people’s stuff is a pain in the arse!


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  • goshine

    hey Some one brilliant i need help …. i have flash builder 4.1…. but do i need to in stall some vmware in order to run the play book simulator.. I am on a Mac — and i want to make app

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      Hey goshine,

      currently the only compatible virtual environment that is supported by the playbook simulator on the mac is VMware fusion. The only caveat is that its not free like the windows version of VMware. Here’s the link:

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  • CreativeAppLabs

    Its a Great News for us !

  • Cfrieckie

    I’ve tried to download the SDK and get a “Sorry, due to country restrictions you cannot download the SDK.”

    I live in the US. So where does everyone else live that CAN get it?

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  • Creativeapplabs

    Hi Our App is ready and its running in simulator.

    We created the id and completed the paypal info in step4. The card has been dectected 200USD. But still now we never got any mail from Black Berry with the login information. We are eagerly waiting to post our app and get it published. Please Please write to us

    We searched forum, contact support, we dont know whom we have to write and we are struck in login.

  • Alex

    I installed Burito, the Simulator, the Blackberry Tablet OS 0.9.2 and now I can’t select the SDK for Mobile Application Projects. Burito says

    “BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK 0.9.2 for Adobe AIR does not support mobile projects”.

    Can someone help?

  • Adnan Sohail

    Hi All,
    I am new to Blackberry Tablet SDK development. I want to develop a desktop application in it where I could put my score on server and then get score from server such type of scenario. I sit possible in desktop application to communicate with server? if yes the how?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Edward Forgacs

    Cfrieckie, you did better than me. I tried to access the developer zone downloads from IE 8, IE 9, Firefox and Chrome, and IE8 on a different machine, and all I ever got was “BlackBerry Developer Zone
    Loading”. Neither the SDK or the simulator downloads were there when I got into the developer zone, and the download links just refused to work.

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