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Adobe Flex + Adobe AIR + IPhone Packager for IOS apps - PART 1

I am headed down this journey to understand the do's and don'ts of building what are essentially Flash based apps that deploy as native applications on IOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, IPad).  What will follow are my notes, discoveries, gotchas and whatever else may follow.

History:  Adobe created the iPhone packager as a way for Flash developers to leverage their existing massive library of content, and have a way to compile it into an "IPA" file suitable for install on iPhone devices.  Initially, Apple was having none of that silliness since Mr. Paranoia (Jobs) didn't retain complete control, so they banned all 3rd party tools for native IOS applications, effectively crotch-blocking Adobe in the process.

In light of industry predictions that Apple will lose out to Android in a few years, they swiftly saw the light, and repealed the senseless ban on 3rd party tools for application development, and thus, Adobe's packager for iPhone re-emerged.

Also, Adobe rec…

Here comes the PainInTheApps Store!

Well, we've done it!  Shameless efforts to deprive you of the precious money you work so hard to earn... I know, I know...

We've got some cool designs you should see!  Check out the new store (clicky the 'Store' tab above).  It's chock full o' goodies with original designs.

Let us know what you think, we'll be adding designs over time as well!  Come grab your PITA t-shirts and gifts!

Dell XPS M1330 + Snow Leopard Hackintosh

I have been working with a Dell XPS M1330 laptop for a few years now.  It doesn't quite match up to the newest notebooks in terms of performance, but it certainly still has some life in it.  I had previously installed OSX 10.5.x on it as an experiment, and had moderate success.  I decided to revisit this idea again to install Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6) on the Dell M1330, and keep some notes for those of you brave enough to Hackintosh your own machine...

CES 2011: Wow, tablets! ... meh ...

If you have read any of my posts over the last 6 months, I have waxed philosophic about tablet trends.  I have been looking for the mighty tablet vendor to stand up to Apple.  In 2010, nobody was able to challenge Apple.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show for you newbies) is the annual international conference where all the vendors come together to showcase whats new in techno geek must-haves.  This year's show delivers all improved devices from all the expected vendors, but underwhelms from a 'new' technology perspective.

So what was the 'hot' item (from vendors' perspective!) ?  tablets of course.  I've been controlling myself to not just say 'so what!' but the truth is that everybody is trying to play catch up.