Adobe AIR, a downloadable platform for running web-friendly apps on any operating system, is still pretty fresh on the market, but it already has a healthy number of applications in development or near completion. While many of them are simply desktop translations of web interfaces that were easy to use already, a handful of AIR apps truly make work and play easier, or just more interesting. Let’s take a look at 10 applications that make it worth the effort of downloading and installing Adobe AIR.
Note: Not every AIR app we’ve tested works nicely with the Linux alpha of AIR, so we’ve noted where at least one Linux system (Ubuntu 8.04) had problems running the app.
There are lots of web sites that claim to make project and time tracking easy for freelancers and by-the-minute workers, but Klok really delivers intuitive tracking to the desktop. Set up your own project aspects or use a template like “Web” or “Writing,” then time your work by hitting the “Work On …” button. The best part may be the graphs, charts, and reports produced by the little app, which are commonly restricted on “free” tracking sites. (Original post).
If you own a piece of web real estate, Google Analytics is, as Gina pointed out, a seriously useful tracking tool. The Analytics Reporting Suite puts all the great data tools offered up free by Google into an easy-to-navigate, all-in-one container. Move fluidly from unique visits to pageviews, escape the wait for new data page
s to load, and quickly filter data for specific time spans. This kind of interface-improving app is precisely what Adobe AIR was built for.
Which AIR apps are worth the spot on your own desktop? What apps are you still waiting to see before committing to a download? Let’s hear both sides in the comments.