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3272390682_001f3f683cAdobe AIR is a runtime environment that, at its most basic, allows you to run lightweight programs on your desktop. The advantages are several – installing and uninstalling applications is easy, they’re simple to use, they’re standalone apps that interact with web and so on.

But the coolest thing about Adobe AIR apps 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck Read More is that they often add new functionality to web apps and allow you to interact with those apps just like you do with desktop programs. Adobe Air Apps often make those websites even more useful.

For media junkies like myself, this is fantastic. Watching movies gets easier, as does looking for photos and listening to music. Here are three of my favorite media-based AIR applications.


Bookmash does a little bit of everything – it’s got media on the Web pretty well covered. It’s basically a multi-platform search engine that lets you search through YouTube, DailyMotion and Metacafé for videos, Using to Improve your Audiovascular Fitness Using to Improve your Audiovascular Fitness Read More and Seeqpod for music, and through most social networks and news sites to find what’s going on around the Web.


The social stuff is great, but the media is where Bookmash shines. The search is impressive, and everything can be watched, listened to or downloaded right from within the Bookmash interface. I wish it offered more search possibilities, but between YouTube and, you’re pretty set for most of your media needs.

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My Media Player

One of my favorite sites on the Web is Hulu (unfortunately, it’s only for the US at this point but you can learn how to access it from other countries here How To Watch Movies and Shows on Hulu & Sling from Abroad How To Watch Movies and Shows on Hulu & Sling from Abroad Read More ). It’s a fantastic portal for legally watching TV shows, movies, and clips of great shows like Saturday Night Live that have historically been unwilling to share their material on sites like YouTube.


My Media Player plugs into Hulu, and doesn’t offer playback of anything that Hulu doesn’t already. But what it does do is: make it a separate window, with no toolbars or anything like that, that appears just like any other media player and can be resized or docked to fit your needs. It makes watching Hulu videos (particularly if you’re a multi-tasker without a huge screen) a much easier proposition.

My Media Player also hooks into Twitter, which means you can tweet about what you’re watching – making TV and movies a lot more social.

(A bit of warning: Hulu appears to have made a change that is causing some issues with My Media Player. I’ve used it with no problem, but it sounds like some have. If it doesn’t work immediately, that’s why – stay tuned! I’ll find announce a workaround in the comments if I know about it)


According to all three browsers I use regularly, Flickr is the site I visit most. I use it for blog posts, wallpapers, and a whole host of other things as well. It’s a great tool, but isn’t the easiest to navigate.


zFlick makes finding and downloading images easier than ever. Search for an image, or browse through the impressively attractive interface of photos, complete with awesome transitions. Once you’ve found the photo you want, you can just drag-and-drop to download it. You can drag it straight to a number of other applications as well – Photoshop, AIM, and the like – if that’s where you’re using the photos. The more I use Flickr, the more I appreciate how simple, quick, attractive and useful zFlick is.

For a more powerful Flickr search tool, Ann Smarty has the lowdown with 16 Flickr Search Tools That Are Fun to Use 16 Flickr Search Tools That Are Fun to Use 16 Flickr Search Tools That Are Fun to Use Read More .

Increasingly, I’m watching, listening, and viewing my media on Adobe AIR, using a growing number of applications. These are the three I couldn’t live without, though – I need my music, my zone-out videos, and the incredible resource of pictures that Flickr has become. Adobe AIR makes all of those better.

What’s your favorite AIR app? Share with us in the comments.

Photo: YngveNilsen

  1. Trendspotting
    October 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

    What about LoomTV?

    Collect videos from different sources,
    create own tv or music playlists,
    play online games,
    listen to radio,
    watch a livestream

    ...everything within only 1 Air Application!

  2. Amitbhawani
    June 23, 2009 at 6:33 am

    currently tweetdeck and shrink-o-matic are my favorite ones,
    zflick looks really cool would give it a try now

  3. Andrew
    June 22, 2009 at 5:41 am

    You guys keep linking back to your how-to on getting around geographic restrictions with Hulu. It doesn't work anymore, and hasn't for a very, very long time. Hulu blocks anonymised IPs. You may be able to get around it with a paid VPN service that doesn't anonymise your IP number, but that may not work for long. Hulu is blocking these services selectively.

  4. webby
    June 22, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Book Smash is great, I use it all the time..

  5. Tyrone
    June 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for posting these. Adobe AIR is changing the face of the web dramatically.

  6. Aibek
    June 21, 2009 at 9:33 am

    MyMediaPlayer is my favorite at the moment, highly recommend it to everopne.

  7. Jimmy DoBeckie
    June 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Wow, major cool dude, major cool indeed!


  8. VenomIreland
    June 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    My favourite AIR app is Twhirl.

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