15+ Free Abobe Air Applications for Designers and Developers

Great Adobe AIR-based tools for web design and development!

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Adobe AIR, which stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime, is a cross-functioning system runtime engine that allows web designers and web developers to create rich internet applications, and Adobe AIR is compatible with Windows, Macs and Linux. Adobe AIR is a very functional and useful system for web designers and web developers because it permits Flash, Flex, JavaScript, HTML and AJAX code to look like traditional desktop applications by running without the Web browser. Adobe has created an official Adobe AIR Marketplace which essesntially trys to show all of the Adobe AIR applications that exist. These applications range from tools useful for designers to developers to bloggers to the average person using the web. These are great tools and applications because they can make our lives as designer and developers easier, and best of all they are free. I have compliled a list of 15+ great Adobe AIR applications for you all to use. Remember, this list is not a best of or all inclusive, just ones that I have found to be helpful! Click on the images for links to the application. Enjoy!

ASP.NET Logging to the Visual Studio Output Window with log4net

OK this one has been baffling me for a long time but I just ignored it. We have been using the open source logging library log4net for a long time, and for the most part it was working fine. But the one thing that I wanted to do but could never get working was logging to what my brain wanted to call “The Console,” AKA (to me) the Output window in Visual Studio.

I tried using the log4net appenders ConsoleAppender and ColoredConsoleAppender, to no avail. Turns out there’s a different appender that works with the Output window, and it’s not ConsoleAppender.

The appender in question is TraceAppender!

So here’s a little snippet of XML from my web.config files that handles output to the Output window (basically the same markup as appears on the log4net examples page):

    <appender name="TraceAppender" type="log4net.Appender.TraceAppender">
      <layout type="log4net.Layout.PatternLayout">
        <conversionPattern value="%d [%t] %-5p %c %m%n"/>
      <level value="ALL"/>
      <appender-ref ref="TraceAppender"/>

To those familiar with the way the log4net section looks in your web.config this will make sense, but the key concept is that, per the log4net documentation, “Events are written using the System.Diagnostics.Trace.Write(string,string) method” — and it turns out that one of the listeners is the Output window!

A colleague of mine and I were very confused by all this (I’m glad I wansn’t alone in that feeling either!), but we were both very glad to figure this one out.

Thanks go to Google (of course), and this post on the SharpDevelop forums.

The Remote is Dead! Long Live the Remote!

Imagine my dismay when I discovered that my Apple Remote had taken a ride through the clothes washer and dryer a couple of weeks ago… As you may imagine, this journey rendered the remote inoperative and useless (albeit totally dry).

Apple Remote

Apple Remote

Additionally, searching on the Apple Store was a bit more depressing since the device is evidently no longer available… yikes.

eBay to the Rescue

Thankfully there’s eBay.

After nosing around a bit I was able to find several vendors who had very reasonable prices on basically brand-new remotes. I think mine ended up being $6.99 USD.

At any rate, it arrived today and I was very pleased to try it out while listening to iTunes and it works perfectly. At that rate I probably should have purchased a few extras just in case this happens again…

Let’s hope not.

Strange Behavior

My next task was to resolve a very strange and annoying problem if you have more than one Mac in the proximity while using the remote. This happened to me while on vacation — the remote was pointed at my MacBook Pro, but in addition to controlling it, my wife’s MacBook was also responding to the controller, starting and stopping iTunes while a movie was playing on my computer. Very interesting.

Thankfully it is possible to pair up your remote to your computer, and I’ve already paired the new remote with my laptop and will do the same with our other MacBook and its respective controller…


New Look

I’ve been experimenting with some new WordPress themes, and I took a shine to DailyPress by Blog Oh Blog!

I haven’t decided if this is going to be the permanent design, but it’s much better than the old default look I was using, especially with all the links back here regarding the iPhone wireframing templates.