Adobe AIR Application vs Browser based AIR help

Adobe AIR is a cross-platform run time for building and deploying applications that connect the desktop to the web. AIR help is a new form of help which uses Adobe AIR technology. This blog will talk about the differences between Adobe AIR Application and Browser based AIR help. Before that lets talk about the similarities in both the output types.

Both the output types can be selected by double clicking the Adobe AIR SSL Layout. Both the output options are having same look and feel. User has option to select different templates in the template page of AIR SSL, and can apply different skins for the templates. Both of them supports Dynamic user-centric content** **. User has option to specify the branding options like company logo or different icons or Company text in both the output types.

Now let’s move to the differences of these output types. Both output types caters to a specific segment, Adobe AIR Application is cross platform help format which will give the same look and feel and same browsing experience across Windows, MAC, Linux OS and the main reason is Adobe AIR run time has integrated web-kit engine, which keeps the browser incompatibility issues at bay, Where as Browser based AIR help is a cross browser help mainly used for publishing to any web server, and user can view the help in their respective browser.

Since Adobe AIR Application is a full fledged application in itself, it has many advantages over Browser based help.

Apart from these difference there are some other requirement differences, Adobe AIR Application requires** Adobe AIR 1.5.3** or above on the client desktop, where as Browser based help requires Adobe Flash 9.0.28 or above on the client desktop.

Note: All the things specified above are with regard to Adobe RoboHelp 9.


Praful Jain

Adobe RoboHelp Team