9/9/2014 - Release - AIR Runtime and SDK

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Sep 09, 2014 Sep 09, 2014

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Today we're pleased to announce that the next version of AIR is available for immediate download.  Please note that the Windows and Mac runtimes were not updated with this release.

Below are some of the key features and benefits of AIR 15.  Please see our release notes for full details.

New Features:

  • Stage3D “Standard” profile support for iOS and Android

In the Flash Runtime 14 release we introduced the Stage3D “Standard” profile which provided many advanced 3D features.  At that time, the “Standard” profile was only available on desktop platforms.  In the AIR 15 release we are extending this coverage to mobile platforms.  If a device supports OpenGL ES3, it can successfully request the “Standard” profile and use the same advanced features as the desktop platform.  For additional information, please see our Stage3D Standard Profile article.

  • Relaxing Stage3D Render Target Clear

In previous versions of Stage3D, after switching the render texture through Context3D::setRenderToTexture, you were required to clear it before drawing. In this release, we're removing this limitation and optimizing the use of render textures. This change will allow you to further optimize and reuse depth and stencil buffers between different render textures.    For additional information, please see Relaxing Render Target Clear Operation in Stage 3D.

  • StageText.drawViewPortToBitmapData now supports Retina displays

Currently, AIR will allow a bitmap with the same width/height of the StageText object to be passed into drawViewPortToBitmapData.  While fine for standard resolution displays, this is not sufficient for Apple's Retina HiDPI displays.  Based on customer feedback, we've altered the drawViewPortToBitmapData method to accept a doubled size BitmapData with StageText's view port on a Mac Retina display, and then draw a HiDPI image from the view port.

  • Improved Packaging Engine is now default - iOS

Starting AIR 15, new improved IPA packaging engine is now the default packaging mode when packaging for AOT targets ipa-app-store, ipa-test, ipa-ad-hoc and ipa-debug. If you encounter any packaging or runtime issues, please report at http://bugbase.adobe.com. To use older packaging mode, use "-useLegacyAOT yes" in the ADT command, before the signing options. To learn more about the feature, please read Faster Compiling with AIR for iOS

  • AIR Gamepad Enhancements

AIR Gamepad feature enables the app developers to provide a second screen on Android mobile devices for the Flash based browser games. AIR Gamepad API enables Flash based browser apps to connect to a paired Android device running the AIR Runtime app and therefore allowing the Android devices to be used as game controllers or second-screen interfaces. Following enhancements are available starting AIR 15.

Multiplayer Support

Gyroscope Events

Magnetometer Events

Applying skin as AIR gamepad screen

To learn more about the feature and usage guidelines, please see Android Devices with AIR as Gamepads

  • AIR Cross Promotion

Adobe AIR 15 now supports cross promotion of AIR games for mobile devices. Cross promotions can be effective in saving some amount of advertising cost. With the right partnership, you gain access to a wider customer base with a demographic similar to that of your application. This cross promotion is free and works on a credit system. All you need is to earn enough credit points by promoting other AIR games to begin your own promotion campaign. The AIR SDK offers the new AdViewer API for promotion campaigns as a SWC, it provides functions to load and show in-game advertisements. You earn credit points for promoting AIR games by other developers based on ad impressions and clicks.

To learn more about the feature and usage guidelines, please see Cross Promotion of AIR Games for Mobile.

Fixed Issues:

  • Android - Auto resolve conflicting common library JARs and common resources for multiple ANEs. ADT will throw warning in case of auto-resolve. (3780590)
  • iOS8] - A notification dialog is coming after launching any AIR applications.( 3771162)
  • Android - StageText restrict = "A-Z" not blocked lowercase letters input. (3768302)
  • Android - Missing support for XXXHDPI icon on Android 4.4. (3730948)
  • iOS Fast Packager - Performance of apps degrades when packaged with fast packager. (3695884)
  • Android - Stage.restrict A-Z property gets applied to the programmatically entered text, on entering text via Keyboard with cursor placed at the end of text (3771860)
  • Android - StageText displayAsPassword displays text without mask in landscape on Android. (3745033)
  • iOS Fast Packager - "Compilation failed while executing: compile-abc" error pops out when packaging large AS code application. (3753783)
  • Android L – Rendering issues with Direct and GPU render mode. (3786719)
  • Failing to call Context3D.clear before drawing on every frame no longer throws a runtime error (3726980)
  • Poor AIR performance while starting app after restarting Windows OS (3690665)
  • ADL crashes when Workers attempt to open local shared object (3768436)
  • Context3D "driverInfo" property allocates a String on each call (3790478)
  • "requestContext3DMatchingProfiles" fails when user deactivated hardware acceleration (3760760)
  • StageVideo with camera doesn't work properly, no video is displayed. (3781244)
  • Multiple security and stability fixes

Known Issues:

  • iOS - Error on packaging simulator application with iphoneSimulator6.1 SDK. (3812917)
  • iOS 8 - Audio stops playing once microphone access is requested. (3801262)
  • iOS Fast Packager - FPS reduces for Feathers Components Explorer app on iPad when packaged with fast packager. (3776055)

Download Locations:

AIR 15 runtime for Windows: Runtime Download

AIR 15 runtime for Macintosh: Runtime Download

AIR 15 SDK & Compiler for Windows: SDK & Compiler Download

AIR 15 SDK & Compiler for Macintosh: SDK & Compiler Download

Note: To provide all the all the necessary tools for our developers in one place and avoid having to download multiple components, we are packaging Adobe AIR 15 SDK and ActionScript Compiler 2.0 in a single SDK called “Adobe AIR 15 SDK & Compiler”.

AIR SDK 15 (Compatible with Flex) for Windows: SDK Windows Download

AIR SDK 15 (Compatible with Flex) for Macintosh: SDK Macintosh Download

Previous versions of the AIR runtime and SDK can be found on the Archived AIR SDK and Runtimes page







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