Adobe AIR is one of the most treasured application platforms though the available number of application for AIR creates it unbelievably helpful. There are apps for everything from business to shopping to image management to video editing.
Several applications are valuable to designers and developers like HTML text editors, Flicker search apps, color palette management tools and even ones to help with the business side of the industry. There are overwhelming AIR apps that have been selected to assist you rationalize the design and development workflow.
Analysis RSS feeds of the latest, highest-rated and most acknowledged color themes, plus random ones. You can browse or search for color themes and then trade in them directly into Creative Suite 3 Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
The Color Browser application lets you accumulate your color palettes in the vicinity. It works with ASE files, so you can introduce your Kuler and COLOURlovers palettes.
COLOURlovers Desktop Color Finder
The COLOURlovers Desktop Color Finder lets you look for the complete COLOURlovers database, which surrounds over 300,000 color palettes and almost 1 million named colors.
Contrast-A is a tool for checking the contrast between different colors, according to both WCAG 2.0 and 1.0. It allows you to view RGB colors in a three-dimensional model.
The Icon manufacturer helps you generate CS3 and Web 2.0-style icons in three trouble-free steps.
Shrink O’Matic is a batch image resizer that works with JPEGs, GIFs and PNGs. It resizes, names and formats images by a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Random Patter lets you build random patterns based on images and added parameters. The outputted file can be saved as an SVG document.
Resize images by exhausted and dropping them in and out of this program. You can also produce widgets that hold preset definitions for resizing.
PNG Icon Generator for Adobe AIR Applications
A simple app for creating AIR application icons in all four icon sizes out of one 256×256 PNG file.
Caliper lets you measure anything on your screen. It floats above other programs, can be rotated 360º and takes pixel-perfect dimensions.
A screenshot application that lets you imprison a whole web page, the current view or a part of the page.
Capture a screenshot of any web page with Websnapshot just by entering the URL or dragging and plummeting the page into the program. It also lets you choose the type of picture you desire capture: thumbnail, browser size or full page.
iPlotz is a downloadable application for wireframing and creating clickable, navigable mockups of websites and apps. It comes with collaboration and project management tools. The desktop version is $75.
FlairBuilder is a wireframe, prototype and mockup designer. It supports multiple projects, includes a components library featuring common website elements (buttons, drop-downs, etc.), and has plenty of formatting options. The trial version is free, and the full program costs $99.
Balsamiq Mockups lets you create website mockups in an atmosphere that makes you believe as if you’re simply drawing a picture. The desktop Air version is $79, but you can try it for free.
Typography and Fonts
.merlin is a free font organizer. It handles OTF, TTF and Type1 fonts.
Font Picker does just what its name suggests: it helps you pick fonts for your design projects from the ones already installed on your computer.
SEO and Analytics Tools
Demandbase Stream lets you see in real time and on your desktop which businesses are visiting your website. It allows you to filter the data, set up a watch list, see the search keywords that visitors used to reach your website and see the pages that visitors are currently viewing.
SEO Analyzer checks your page rank and analyzes your links and keywords for their search ranking effectiveness.
Framework and Grid Tools
Boks is a free user interface for working with the Blueprint CSS framework. It handles baseline rhythm and grid configuration, CSS and grid.png exporting and HTML layouts.
The Em Calculator calculates the vertical rhythm of your designs in em units rather than pixels.
Collaboration and Presentation Tools
Its owners describe Live Presentations as “presentation software for the Internet generation.” It works online and offline, lets you share and collaborate with others and allows you to import and export to PowerPoint, among other things.
ConceptShare Desktop Companion
If you already use ConceptShare, the Desktop Companion makes it easier to share media files. Just drag and drop files from your computer to a new or existing ConceptShare workspace.
Business and Project Management Tools
Ora Time and Expense
Ora Time and Expense is a free, easy-to-use application for creating and managing timesheets, expense reports and invoices.
FEAT (Freelancer’s Estimation Assistance Tool)
This tool helps freelancers create more accurate pricing estimates. It stores values that you set to save you time when creating estimates in future.
Klok is a time-management and tracking application that simplifies the process of working with multiple projects, clients or tasks simultaneously. Just press a button when you start working and then again when you stop, and Klok tracks everything else.
Google Calendar Invoice Creator
If you use Google Calendar for time management, this app makes it easy to create invoices from your calendar’s RSS feed. It creates text and HTML-formatted invoices.
Timeloc tracks the time you spend working on projects. It can handle multiple projects and clients, lets you edit the billing period and change the rate per client and uses audible alerts and reminders.
Doomi is a simple app for to-do lists. It shows current to-do items, along with archived tasks.
Backup and Archiving Tools
Fireworks AutoBackup Utility
If you use Fireworks, this app will continually back up any PNG images you use in the background as you work. It automatically saves a copy of the working file at intervals that you specify.
BackIt Archive Tool
BackIt lets you batch archive and copy files from your computer to a USB drive or CD. It has a drag-and-drop interface and stores your settings and current selections.
Other Useful Tools
A free, open-source debugger for Flash, Flex and AIR. It includes live editing, method testing and a tree structure, among many other features.
Fnk is a visual programming environment for using a dataflow approach to real-time analysis of data from images, sounds and other sources. It simplifies the creation of multimedia presentation prototypes that respond to a number of input and output devices.
SQLite Sorcerer helps you perform the primary admin functions for your SQLite database. It supports the creation of new databases, opening recent databases from a list and retrieving the entire structure of a database. You can even compare the structure of two databases. You can also create, delete and modify tables and data and check the results of SQL that you write.
This is a great app for managing you Twitter account(s). It lets you update, post images, shorten links, and group those you follow. And there’s even an iPhone app you can use that will sync with your Air version.
htmlText Editor is a simple visual WYSIWYG editor for HTML text editing.
Organize all of your code and text snippets in one place with Snippely. You can also save snippets in groups for quick retrieval.
RichFLV lets you edit FLV files. It enables you to read, edit, modify and delete cue points, cut FLVs, convert FLV to SWF and modify the sound on FLV files, among other things.