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Adobe Systems is looking to make their Air platform the de facto choice for cloud-computing applications, but judging by their marketplace offerings, they still have some work to do.
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Adobe Systems is looking to make their Air platform the de facto choice for cloud-computing applications, but judging by their marketplace offerings, they still have some work to do.
While there are several solid applications available in the Air platform (TweetDeck is a good example) there are also numerous mediocre desktop widget-like applications too.
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One of the most useful Air applications I know of is TweetDeck. Follow Twitter and Facebook with one app.
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The interface for TweetDeck is adjustable.
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Adobe keeps the Air platform up to date.
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I realize that Adobe envisions Air as application platform, but some of the vendors seem to be showing a little too much zeal with their offerings. Agile Agenda seems pricey to me.
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The New York Times Reader 2.0 is one of the more polished applications I have come across on the Air platform.
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You get some parts of the times for free, but other parts require you to be a Times subscriber.
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You can do the crossword puzzle for free.
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The NASDAQ OMX Market Replay is an example of a poor installation and user experience. The Air application fails to mention that you need to subscribe to the service on the NASDAQ site.
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The Time Magazine 100 application is basically a glorified Web page in need of an update.
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For some reason, I could not update to a newer version.
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The old version works, and the Earth interface is pretty cool, but the amount of content is cursory at best.
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The Shufflr application will show you videos recently viewed or recommended by friends on Facebook or by other people in the Shufflr network.
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However, I am dubious that anyone on my lists watched this video recently.
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I love a good chess match.
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The one problem with Chess Jam is that there is no computer player. You have to play against another person logged onto the network.
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The chessboard itself looks pretty good with simple classic styling.
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Snackr will track you RSS feeds.
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You can have the feed scroll on the bottom like a cable news network or from the bottom to the top along either side.
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Again, I think there are some overly zealous vendors. This Concentration game costs $2, but I am pretty sure I can get it for free several time over on the Internet.
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Studio Cloud is very ambitious - it is business management software.
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I am not comfortable managing my business in the cloud even though the Studio Cloud software is very sophisticated and looks to be able to actually provide a feasible management tool.
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