Adobe AIR + WordPress = AirPress



AirPress Logo

AirPress is a desktop blogging client created by Romain Referrer and Jean-Francois Comeau and is based on Adobe AIR or Adobe Integrated Runtime. It’s kinda like Windows Live Writer but with lesser features.

With AirPress, you don’t need a FTP client to upload photos, audio or video files and you can do video blogging straight up without a webcam capture software and best of all, you can do all of it offline in your computer. Just save the post and publish it later when you’re connected to the Internet.

Aside from its basic features of posting text, photos, audio (mp3), video (flv), webcam streaming (direct from AirPress) and webcam snapshot, it also has several features that it gets from Adobe AIR.

Adobe AIR features used:

  • Custom/animated windows
  • Embedded database for offline read/creation of posts
  • Detection offline/online
  • File I/O API for saving FLV webcam videos record
  • ActionScript/JavaScript Script bridging to interact with the text editor made in HTML/javascript.
  • Drag and Drop Support for the media (pictures, sounds, videos, flash animations) you want to insert in your post.
  • Network communication with the blogs via XML-RPC

Screenshots:

Main menu
AirPress Main Menu

Import blog
AirPress Import Blog

View/Edit posts
AirPress View/Edit Posts

Add post
AirPress Add Post

Text editor
AirPress Text Editor

Insert audio
AirPress Insert Audio

Record video
AirPress Record Video

My Take:
AirPress has a beautiful user interface, its easy to install and user-friendly. It’s still in beta and is a bit buggy but it looks very promising. One of the things I like about it is being able to add and edit posts offline which is useful especially if you have a poor or limited Internet connection.

However, AirPress doesn’t work for me. I’m sticking to the regular way of blogging via the WordPress dashboard. I’m not into WYSIWYG editors and AirPress still lacks some essential options for inserting tags or optional excerpts. If you’re into video blogging or your blog posts are simple and doesn’t require much tags and other stuff, then you should definitely try out AirPress. One feature or option that I’d like to see added to AirPress is the option to choose between a Visual and Code editor like in WordPress.

Aside from WordPress the only blog platform that AirPress supports right now is DotClear. If they can add more platforms like Blogger or TypePad, I’m sure more people would use it.

NOTE: AirPress requires Adobe Adobe Integrated Runtime Beta 1 version to be installed before you can use it. You can download Adobe AIR Beta 1 here.

Have you tried AirPress? What are the things you like and/or dislike about it? If you could add more features what would it be? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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9 Comments

  1. vbvcb

    August 4, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Does anybody have the .air file? The airpress site seems to be down and I can not find it anywhere.

  2. JP Habaradas

    September 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    @dan – Cool! Nice to meet you. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by. :)

  3. dan

    September 24, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Yes, I am the creator :cool:

  4. JP Habaradas

    September 23, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    @dan – Thanks for the info! I’ll look further into this new AIR app. Btw, are you one of the creators or folks behind BookMash?

  5. dan

    September 23, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    A new application named Bookmash has been created with the functionnalities of Airpress and a lot of others functionnalities like mp3, video, picture search and download…
    It is an AIR application
    http://www.bookmash.com

  6. JP Habaradas

    September 17, 2008 at 7:00 AM

    @John – I’m still looking for it in my external hard drive, so far I haven’t seen it yet. But I’ll keep on looking until I found it or if I’m sure that I don’t have it. I’ll keep you posted. :)

    Btw, you might wanna know that AirPress has unfortunately been discontinued. The AirPress website and app are no longer available online. Dunno what happened to it or if the author has any plans of continuing the project.

  7. John Tracy

    September 17, 2008 at 6:56 AM

    Yes, I still haven’t found this online. Nearly impossible to find the one AIR app that I would actually use! Thanks again. :grin:

    John Tracys last blog post..GM Plugin Hybrid from 1969

  8. JP Habaradas

    July 18, 2008 at 8:45 AM

    @John – Do you still need the .air file? I think I still have it somewhere in my external hard drive. Let me know if you need it and I’ll see if I can find it then I’ll send it to you. Ok? Thanks for dropping by! :)

  9. John

    July 18, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Does anybody have the .air file? The airpress site seems to be down and I can not find it anywhere.

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