BlackBerry PlayBook SDK for Adobe AIR and simulators now available for download

By Bla1ze on 25 Oct 2010 12:50 am EDT
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BlackBerry PlayBook SDK

* Updated: See official Press Release below! *

Since the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook many folks have been waiting to get a deeper look into what, exactly can be done with the device. App developers especially. Now, the BlackBerry PlayBook SDK for Adobe AIR app creation has been released and alongside it are the downloads for the simulators (Windows and Mac versions) for both. Of course, Research In Motion have marked both as beta's so you'll have to keep that in mind when exploring. We'll hopefully see plenty of updates for it over time but, for now this is the start of something good. Now, be honest. How many of you all are gonna download the simulator just to see what's up?


Press Release

New SDK From RIM Allows Developers to Create Adobe AIR Applications for BlackBerry PlayBook

- SDK integrates new extensions for Adobe AIR that have been highly optimized for the BlackBerry Tablet OS

- Developers can immediately begin building uncompromised applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

- Early feedback from developers highlights ease of development and high performance

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today launched the new BlackBerry(R) Tablet OS SDK for Adobe(R) AIR(R) at the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles. The new Software Developer Kit (SDK) enables developers to quickly and easily create AIR applications for the BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet using Adobe's powerful, familiar and industry-leading development tools. With the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, developers can leverage the uniquely powerful capabilities of the BlackBerry Tablet OS, as well as access all of the richness of Adobe AIR, to deliver incredibly engaging and high-performing AIR applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

"The BlackBerry PlayBook, with its dual-core processor and multi-processing OS, is a multi-tasking powerhouse that is also the world's first tablet to be built from the metal up to run Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR applications in a fully integrated, fully optimized fashion," said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software, Research In Motion. "The new SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook unleashes a wealth of opportunity for the Adobe and BlackBerry development communities to easily create value-added applications and experiences for customers and we are extremely excited by the positive feedback received from developers in early trials."

The BlackBerry PlayBook with BlackBerry Tablet OS supports Adobe AIR 2.5 and Adobe Flash(R) Player 10.1 at its core. This integrated support and the BlackBerry PlayBook's exceptional processing power (including a 1 GHz dual-core processor, true symmetric multiprocessing and multi-threaded rendering) give developers the ability to deliver incredibly rich content and applications with highly-responsive and fluid touch screen experiences.

"The close collaboration between RIM and the Adobe AIR team has achieved an implementation which we expect to be the first to include high performance optimizations for tablet devices," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Business Solutions at Adobe. "This, combined with great tooling integration and full Flash Player 10.1 support, makes the BlackBerry PlayBook an outstanding platform for more than three million Flash developers."

Building the Best Flash/AIR Applications for Tablet Computing

RIM has designed the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR to allow developers to leverage the uniquely powerful capabilities of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Adobe AIR 2.5 to build industry-leading applications that provide a distinctly compelling experience for BlackBerry PlayBook users. The new SDK provides developers with support for:

-- Hardware-accelerated playback of video and graphics-intensive content,
both in the browser and within AIR applications, enabling a smooth, high
fidelity viewing experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook, even with up to
1080p HD content

-- Web View to enable AIR apps to display HTML and Flash content and to
leverage the BlackBerry PlayBook's WebKit browser

-- UI components that have been built specifically for the touch screen
experience on a tablet device, including support for multi-touch and
gestures

-- Powerful APIs to advanced features such as the front and rear facing
cameras, accelerometer, geo-location, in-app payments and more

-- Application notifications, which allow developers to bring events
generated by AIR applications immediately to the user's attention, even
if the application is running in the background

-- Seamless communication between AIR apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook,
allowing the creation of "Super App" experiences

-- Extending Adobe AIR applications to use native C++ extensions, providing
developers with the ability to write part of their application in the
BlackBerry Tablet OS's native code (subject to availability of the
upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS native SDK)

-- Porting existing Adobe AIR applications quickly and easily to the
BlackBerry PlayBook


What Developers are Saying about Building Flash/AIR Apps for BlackBerry PlayBook

Several BlackBerry(R) Alliance members are already working with the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR as part of an early access program.

"eUnity enables health care professionals to access and manipulate full quality medical images from a Flash-enabled web browser," said Steve Rankin, President and CEO of Client Outlook. "Bringing our application to the tablet form factor for the first time was incredibly fast and easy using the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. In fact we had eUnity running on the BlackBerry PlayBook in less than 2 hours! We are excited about the opportunity to access our innovative server technology through the power of Flash to provide our healthcare clientele with the ability to dynamically interact with diagnostic images that render amazingly fast, on an ultra portable device."

"With help from Adobe's development tools we've been able to create an exceptional eReading application that will be pre-loaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook," said Dan Leibu, CTO of Kobo. "The SDK enabled us to achieve the right level of performance for the delivery of rich reading content and a world-class reading experience."

"Mobile and social technologies are the future of enterprise computing," said Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer, salesforce.com. "The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR will enable us to seamlessly deliver real-time collaboration with Chatter Mobile to business users around the world on the BlackBerry PlayBook."

"SAP customers want to free their SAP(R) applications from the confines of the desktop and truly mobilize their workforces," said Nicholas Brown, senior vice president, Mobility Market Development, SAP AG. "Analytic dashboards are a clear use case in which everyone from the C-level executive to line-of-business manager to sales rep can analyze and access information in real time. The BlackBerry PlayBook SDK for Adobe AIR made it incredibly easy for us to build applications using Flash development tools - it took our developers just a couple of days to convert an existing SAP application into an AIR application for BlackBerry PlayBook. It looks impressive and most importantly is incredible easy to use on the new tablet."

"The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, allowed us to create a highly engaging experience utilizing existing coding knowledge, which makes creating PlayBook applications extremely fast," said Brett Cortese, CEO, Universal Mind, Inc. "We simply dropped the SDK into Flash Builder and the controls were available and the ball was rolling."

Getting Started

Adobe AIR developers can start building their applications for BlackBerry PlayBook today and will be able to submit their AIR applications for BlackBerry PlayBook to BlackBerry App World(TM) later this year. The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR and the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator are both currently available in beta and can be downloaded for free from www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos.

Developers at Adobe MAX interested in learning about development opportunities for BlackBerry PlayBook can stop by RIM's booth #107. Attendees can also join in on a series of RIM-hosted sessions at the show focused on how to start developing AIR applications and web content for the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

The first webcast of a five week series hosted by RIM and Adobe experts will start on November 4, 2010 and will provide developers the opportunity to learn more about creating Adobe AIR applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Developers interested in signing up for the webcast series can visit www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos/webcasts.

18 comments

josemiguel701

Ill probably check it out :)

bighap

No Win 64 support :(

jcarty

Worked fine on my Win64 box.

bighap

I get "Win64 not supported. The author of the package you are installing did not include support for this platform."

chrishallgren

Yeah I'm getting the same thing on Win7 64bit. Boo I don't have any 32bit computers laying around anymore. Looks like I won't be able to make any Apps for the PlayBook.

ALCie

Im supposed to be sleeping in preparation for my exam tomorrow but fuck it. Installing the simulator! Almost done, I hope...

EDIT: Its very bare bones. Absolutely no apps. Not much to see.

Irving94

Damn, i was expecting apps. I guess it's just for testing your own apps at the moment...

EDIT: Looking through the resource folders i'm finding interesting things like default wallpapers and screenshots.

dsquared2

it says no support for win64??

edyts

Im downloading it now teehee.

av8ryxx

I'm getting the "Win64 not supported. The author of the package you are installing did not include support for this platform" error message as well...

joshua.worth

And I don't have my laptop wtf!? Grrr you guys keep repoting I'll live vicariously through you lol

WillyyR

Guys, don't bother downloading it. Basically what you download is a ISO image which you have to boot up using vmWare. Then it installs some stuff (does look like some custom linux) after that you get a fancy BlackBerry boot screen. Then you have the interface and thats it. NO Apps, nothing. You can't do a thing with it. Only usefull if you really plan on building your own apps and test them. Don't bother downloading it...

drizzt09

"Only useful if you plan on building your own apps and test them."

That is presicely the reason why it was released in the 1st place. It is "specifically" released early and bareboned for app developers to test their apps ahead of time.

If you are not a developer, then you should not have downloaded it in the first place.

If you are not a developer and you were just curious, don't bash because u are disappointed that it provided you with exactly what it was intended to provide and you should have known before downloading.

Steve Rizla

What exactly did you expect? The SDK and simulator are meant for development purposes.

johnenglish

+1, not sure what everyone was expecting.

zensen

I'm a simulatorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

mars1276

Can you make this capable of using a Photoshop or similar program to draw on? I'm an artist and would REALLY like to see this implement a feature where you can just use it to snap a picture and work with it (maybe a stylus... even a simple one?). I have used the Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet and didn't like it... but I am working on my own comic and can really see a use for this, ESPECIALLY if I could use it to capture, digitally alter images with... I could work ANYwhere!!! How awesome would that be? To be sitting in Artist-row at a convention and just sketching out my next comic on a Blackberry Playbook? Gotta tell ya... I'm looking forward to it!