Feeds

Titanium puts open source mettle against Adobe AIR

Web devs in deskstopland

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Adobe Air is getting an open source rival with Appcelerator Titanium, a new platform designed to let web developers build installable desktop and mobile applications using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Googleton Mountain View, California-based Appcelerator on Monday cooked up a public preview release of Titanium for Windows and Mac. The Linux version apparently needs to stay in the oven until January 2009.

Titanium compiles web applications into desktop code with all the file system access and operating system privileges web developers normally must do without. It's much the same story as Adobe's AIR, only distributed under the Apache Public License.

In fact, the Appcelerator itself claims "The most significant difference between Titanium and Adobe AIR is that Titanium is open source and Adobe AIR is not."

The preview release of Titanium includes the full source code as well as two proof-of-concept applications. The demos are a local Twitter client, "Tweetanium," a YouTube video player, "Playtanium," and a contact manager, "Contact Manager," (apparently Contactanium Managanium is too much of a mouthful).

El Reg is a family pub and therefore won't recommend masturbation like Twitter, but a heads-up to the curious: This author couldn't find a way to close Tweetanium in Vista outside of using Task Manager.

Appcelerator said Titanium is powered by open source products, WebKit, Chromium, Gears, GTK+, Jquery, Appcelerator SDK, NSIS, and Ruby.

Readers can grab the preview release here and the app demos over yonder. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!
Version 12 first major-number Suse release since 2009
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.