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[NO LONGER WORKS] Adobe AIR applications are nice looking and not so memory-hungry applications. If you don’t already have Adobe AIR installed you can download it for free from Adobe’s website.

We’ve already previously taken a look at some Adobe AIR applications 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck Read More worth installing but more and more websites are constantly jumping on the AIR bandwagon. So here are some more new AIR apps worth a look.


If you always find yourself on COLOURlovers looking for colours, palettes and patterns then the COLOURlovers Desktop Color Finder could come in pretty useful for when you’re needing a palette.

Just like on the website enter the keywords that you want to search for and choose if you want to search for colours, palettes or a pattern. Then select how you want to sort the results and then hit “search”.

This one is useful for artists, designers, decorators or just anyone looking to re-decorate their house.

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Ora Time and Expense

Ora Time and Expense

Ora Time and Expense is an AIR app that everyone wanting to track time should have. If you’re a freelancer and you need to time a project that you’re working on as well as generate reports such as invoices, expense reports and timesheets in various formats (.csv, .htm, .xml, .xls) then this is a good app to install.

When you first run it, make sure that you configure the settings so that the First Name is your name and not “John Doe”. After doing this you can then choose the data format and other settings such as number of decimal places for money and hours. New projects, clients, task types and expense types can also be added.

Once you’ve got everything set up you can start a “New Task” if you know how long it’s going to take or you can start the timer and this will start a task. You can also pause the timer in case you have to run out somewhere. Once you’ve finished doing the project you can generate in a number of formats and then print it or send it via email.


Tumblweed is like Twhirl but it lets you post updates to Tumblr. Just like on Tumblr you can post a text entry, photo, quote, link, chat, audio or video. Within Tumblweed you can also post a snapshot which will let you take a picture using your webcam then add a caption and then post it.

Shrink O’Matic

Shrink O’Matic is an AIR app that allows you to resize one image or multiple images at the click of a button. Once the application is open, select the output width and height or ratio then the output name that will be given to the images and then the format. You can choose to keep the format the same or convert it to JPG, GIF or PNG.

Password Keeper

A nice AIR app that I recently discovered and one that I will be using a lot is Password Keeper. If you have a brain and use different passwords for different websites then sometimes remembering all these passwords can be a pretty hard task. Password Keeper does exactly what it says on the tin – it keeps all your passwords in one lightweight and nice AIR application. When you first run Password Keeper you enter a username and password for Password Keeper then you will be logged in. From here you can add passwords. To add a password click “New” then enter the title of the website, the URL, your username and your password for that website then click “Save”. Your password is now saved and can be retrieved at any time.

As I said, the number of AIR apps is increasing all the time. So which new ones have caught your eye recently?

  1. myairapps
    March 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    DestroyTwitter is Superb!! Try it..

  2. hav
    March 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    funny, thwirl uses the same amount of memory on my machine than firefox, and is the second largest memory hog.

  3. Sean
    February 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

    The largest application ever developed in Flex.

    A must see !!!

  4. Danh ba web 2.0
    November 12, 2008 at 2:49 am

    Great list. I like COLOURlovers and Tumblweed
    You can see more:

  5. Benjamin David
    November 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for this list. Please check out this new Air Application for time tracking :

  6. Eric Carlisle
    August 31, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Also check out Howler, an AIR mp3 player.

  7. erichansa
    August 1, 2008 at 5:04 am

    I have a password keeper too. Just send me a private message with your email address, home address and phone number, social security number, mother's maiden name, and oh yeah your password too. I promise I will never lose your info.

  8. Slim
    June 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Snackr - RSS Feed Ticker

    clDesktop - Browser

  9. James
    June 9, 2008 at 8:12 am

    You can find more Adobe AIR apps over at my site

    Thanks James

  10. ajay
    June 9, 2008 at 5:39 am

    password keeprt is good for me

  11. Abdallah
    June 9, 2008 at 2:08 am

    shrink-o-matic and password keeper are great, thanks for sharing. can't wait to see what more can be done with adobe air.

  12. flex
    June 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    You should check out s3mer one of the coolest Adobe Air apps.

  13. Aibek
    June 8, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for Shrink'O Matic, excellent app. ;-)

    • Wez Pyke
      June 9, 2008 at 1:18 am

      No problem :)

  14. gordon
    June 8, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I really like the concept of Adobe AIR, it reminds me of what Java was supposed to do when it came out but never accomplished.

  15. Shankar Ganesh
    June 8, 2008 at 6:57 am

    I'm downloading Ora Time and Expense tool. Thanks for the write up, really good apps out there.

  16. Ed
    June 8, 2008 at 6:23 am

    @homercycles -- and everyone runs windows right.... nuff said.

  17. Johnny TripWire
    June 8, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Gosh I love this stuff. Very nice and informitive article. Thank you.


  18. subcorpus
    June 8, 2008 at 6:03 am

    i need an adobe air app that'll send my updates to jaiku, pownce and twitter at the same time ...
    suggestions ... ???

    • Noel
      June 8, 2008 at 7:30 am


  19. homercycles
    June 8, 2008 at 5:15 am

    I see no reason to use any of these simply because they're written as Adobe AIR apps. What's the point of any of these, really? They could have been written in Visual Basic for goodness sake. Come up with some really worthy uses for Adobe AIR apps and we might start paying attention.

    • rimbaud
      June 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm

      Is VB cross-platform? No.

      Is VB retartded? Yes.

      There's your answer.

      • You are stupid
        June 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm

        If VB is so bad, then you are an f'ing retard. If VB can do it, then these AIR apps are pointless. You could easily do these with even basic Windows apps. It's sooooo hard to keep passwords safe in an encrypted file.

  20. Syahid A.
    June 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Wow, Shrink O Matic is really a nice find. Thanks Wez!

    • Wez Pyke
      June 9, 2008 at 1:20 am

      :) I'm glad you found something useful from my article.

  21. Mark
    June 6, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Let us know what you think about our uvlayer AIR app. Check it out at

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