Many people think of Twitter apps when they think of Adobe AIR, but there is a whole other world of useful applications out there beyond microblogging.
Designers and developers in particular get a lot of love from the AIR community with tools to help them with just about every aspect of their jobs. Here are over 30 great Adobe AIR apps for designers and developers that can help you do everything from tracking your time to measuring pixels, and more.
What are some of your favorite AIR applications as a designer or developer? Tell us in the comments!
Billing & Invoicing Tools
Klok – Klok allows you to not only track time by clients and projects, but what kind of work you do for each. You can also manage contact information for clients, edit time spent and a slew of other features.
Ora Time and Expense – Ora will help you generate timesheets, expense reports and invoices.
Timeloc – Does everything you could ask of a time keeper such as manage multiple clients and jobs, edit the billing so you see a running tally of how much a job has earned you, add notes to a billing period and a whole lot more.
Vertabase Timer – Allows you to track time by clients or by project.
Color & Pattern Tools
Color Browser – Allows you to import color palettes you have created elsewhere, create new ones locally, and put as many colors as you like into any you create.
COLOURlovers Desktop Color Finder – This app will let you search the COLOURlovers database for an astonishing 1 million named colors and more than 300,000 user created color palettes.
Kuler Desktop – This app allows you to browse and choose color palettes for any project you’re working on. When you’ve picked one you like, you can then import it to Creative Suite 3 Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.
Random Patter – Allows you to render patterns based on set parameters and then save as an XML document, and images can be saved as an SVG document.
Alcon – A debugging tool for users of ActionScript 2 and ActionScript 3.
BetaDesigns Caliper – This tool floats above your other applications so that you can measure any item on your screen.
designview – Gives you the ability to use Flex Builder Design View.
e2vector illustration app. – Allows you to create new images and export them to SVG, or you can import existing ones to work on.
htmlText Editor – A WYSIWYG editor for htmlText that allows you to design visually for Flex.
Icon Generator – Allows you to generate icons in three steps for CS3 or Web 2.0 style. All icons are generated as 128×128, 48×48, 32×32 and 16×16.
pixDIF – Allows you to measure pixel differences easily between comps and design implementations.
Pixus – Allows you to easily measure the size of a screen object, set size presets, preview your design and more.
Shrink O’ Matic – Drag your JPGs, GIFs and PNGs into the app and then resize them as one batch.
.merlin – A manager for fonts that will make sure they are named correctly, sort them into folders by letter, allow you to delete duplicates and more.
Balsamiq Mockups For Desktop Demo – An application for designing mockups of software before going to coding. Teams can work in real time on a project and it also integrates with Atlassian Confluence, Atlassian JIRA and XWiki.
ConceptShare Desktop Companion – A web tool that allows you to create workspaces for a project and then share it with others so you can collaborate on the project.
LibraryManager – Allows you to dump SWF files, see the class information, create information and compare versions.
QR Code generator for mobile tagging – Helps you generate QR codes for your sites and projects.
QuickLoader – Allows for quick uploading and downloading of files from any PHP enabled server. You can define multiple users with different folders, as well as browse & modify files on your server. Has several other features such as an image editor.
Simple Flash Filter Generator – Allows you to generate flashfilters and code in real time.
SlideRocket Player – Allows you to make offline presentations of your work and set up a marketplace to sell more services. Also will allow you to sync with your desktop to make offline presentations, but this requires a paid account.
Snippely – Allows you to store, label and organize various snippets of code in one centralized location on your system.
SQLFury – Aids you in testing an SQL database for possible injection vulnerabilities.
Snapshooter – Enter a valid URL and this app will take a snapshot of the web page to save to your system locally.
SWFShot – Allows you to capture Flash images as JPGs or PNGs in huge screen sizes.
WebKut – A website screen capture tool that allows you to capture the entire page, the viewable area or just a selection.
Websnapshot – Simply enter or drag the URL of that page you want to snapshot from your browser. Select thumbnail, browser size or full page, and it is saved to your gallery.