adobe airAdobe AIR is a runtime environmentthat you download to your computer to run Web applications directily on your computer.

While people move more of their computing life online, it may seem surprising that people would want to run anything locally on their computers any more.  With Adobe AIR you bring the ability to access certain Web applications locally on your own system, adding functionality that may be missing, or possibly just making it easier to use.

A prime example of an AIR application that takes advantage of adding missing functionality is Twitter.  While the micro blogging service is a wonderful form of communication, to use it you have to leave a window open on it, and you have to manually refresh the page to see any new messages.  With AIR applications such as Twhirl and Snitter, the messages are delivered directly to your computer so you never have to refresh the page, and don’t even have to have it open in your browser.

There are numerous applications out there, which can be a bit overwhelming, so you may want to try this list of useful AIR applications, to help you narrow down your choices.  Now everything that is out there is overly useful, such as the Pizza Hut AIR app, but there could just be a matter of opinion.

Do remember that you must download the actual AIR program first to make any of these applications to work, and then you just need to start finding ones that may be useful for you.

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