NYTimes has chosen Adobe Air for its delivery vehicle for both the NYTimes and Boston Globe digital newspaper editions. The following shows a copy of the Boston Globe digital edition:
For developers this is one stop development for delivery running on any PC plus most of the hottest mobile platform less the iPhone. But Steve has to watch out because iPhone developers are disgruntled with the proprietary nature of Objective C which, unlike Adobe Air, runs only on Mac platform. So with the NYTimes digial newspaper, Adobe Air achieves a significant win because the digital paper takes advantage of many of the features still unique to Air [but rapidly diminishing as HTML5 gets fuly implemented]. Being first major mover should allow Adobe to refine Air ahead of the RIA pack – no small advantage. Now the task will be to make Air development more approachable because the ActionScript and FLash/Flex/Air APIs are certainly not trivial.
With this announcement, RIA/RAIA technology now has Air/Flash/Flex as a clear leader; but anyone who suggests the game is over has only to look at the hotly contested smartphone marketplace to see that rapid change is the essence of the game in software and technology.