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iOS 6, Adobe Air (3.4 upgrade) and drawWithQuality

iOS 6 + Adobe Air

The all new shiny and powerful iOS 6 arrived recently, allowing developers to add even more cool features to their applications. But what does it mean for those who develop iOS apps using Adobe AIR?

Well, we found out it the hard way. Our app that was built using Adobe 3.1 SDK just stopped working for those users who upgraded their devices. Unfortunately there is no way to limit the app distribution to older iOS versions (4 and 5) so we had to scramble to see what can be done.

Good thing that the new Adobe AIR 3.4 SDK recently arrived and it does support iOS6. They also added a number of awesome features and finally bundled AIR SDK with Flex SDK, so you don’t have to download them from separate sources and do all the manual work to merge. That bundled version can be downloaded here.

The upgrade is pretty simple. You need to reference the new SDK in project dependencies, update you app descriptor.xml with this line (replacing the old one):


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The only free and fully functional Android GCM native extension for Adobe AIR


This tutorial is about native extension for Adobe AIR and GCM (Google Cloud Messaging) which is a free service provided by Google that allows messages to be pushed to devices of your app users. If anyone is interested in more information on how to create an Android app capable of reception of GCM messages please check out this article on Google dev portal: GCM Tutorial.

In the course of development of  a new social drawing app “Sketch Guess”, we wanted to add an ability for the server to notify players when important events occur in the game and display the appropriate view when the application resumes or restarts (the “fetch message payload after app just launched” capability is only implemented in our own solution so far). While there is an abundance of Adobe AIR native extensions for iOS, there was definitely a gap to be filled for Android applications.

The only way to proceed was to create our own extension which I’m going to provide here for download along with a fully functional example application and a set of instructions below.

The extension is made for Adobe SDK 4.6 + AIR SDK 3.1 . Although, I’m sure it’ll work with 4.5 and 3.0 or newer versions. My weapon of choice in developing Air things is Intellij 10 or 11, so I won’t be providing exact procedures to link to “.ane” when you setup the project since that varies from environment to environment.

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