Overview of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR lets you to create applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS. This SDK allows you to create Adobe AIR applications that leverage the Adobe AIR runtime environment that is built in to the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

The BlackBerry Tablet OS is a multitasking operating system built upon the reliability and power of QNX Neutrino RTOS. Designed specifically to run applications developed using Adobe Flash and Adobe ActionScript, the BlackBerry Tablet OS offers developers the opportunity to create new and compelling applications and games, or to simply adapt existing ones to a tablet platform.

Adobe AIR applications are built upon Flash and ActionScript technologies commonly associated with web content. However, because they run in the Adobe AIR runtime environment rather than in a plug-in to a browser, they function as standalone applications. Additional ActionScript APIs, for use only within the Adobe AIR runtime environment, allow your application to access to a richer set of features than browser-based applications. For more information about Adobe AIR application development, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/air/.

Developing Adobe AIR applications for BlackBerry Tablet OS

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR allows you to optimize your Adobe AIR applications for the BlackBerry Tablet OS. This SDK provides APIs that extend Adobe ActionScript and allow you to develop applications that have the look and feel of native BlackBerry PlayBook tablet applications and take advantage of some of the unique features of the OS. These APIs provide some unique UI components and preloaded skins and enable you to listen for events specific to the BlackBerry Tablet OS, such as a swipe down event from the top bezel (the touch-sensitive frame around the display area of the screen).

The BlackBerry Tablet OS supports the Adobe AIR mobile device profile. The Adobe AIR mobile profile was developed to provide the critical improvements in performance and reduction in processor usage that were necessary to bring Adobe Flash based applications to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. APIs have been added to ActionScript to allow Flash applications to access some of the features that are unique to mobile devices, such as access to accelerometer and geolocation information and support for touch and gesture events.

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet includes the Adobe AIR runtime environment. Applications developed for this runtime should be fully functional on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with no additional development required, except for adjusting the application for the unique screen size of the tablet.