We are very excited to share our latest version of the Ext JS Designer. This new version adds many new features to improve your efficiency creating application designs. Once you get accustomed to these features its difficult to live without them. For those of you that don’t have the time or ability to download and play around with the Designer, we have created a Preview screencast in which we mock up some interfaces. We have tried to show off as much features and functionality as possible.
Pixel Bender is an exciting new technology by Adobe which brings video and image processing capabilities to flash. It allows you to create and apply filters to ‘bend’ pixels and create compelling animations which have never been possible in an HTML environment. Because Adobe AIR uses flash to load any HTML content, we can leverage these powerful filters on a standard Ext Application in the AIR environment. Ext is releasing a Pixel Bender Explorer demo which allows you to explore many of the new filters and demonstrates how to integrate them into an Ext AIR Application.
In collaboration with Adobe, Ext is releasing several new enhancements to the Ext.air package today. These include improvements to existing classes responsible for Sounds, Windowing and Database as well as new classes responsible for Notification, Clipboard and File System Interaction. We have also added new samples demonstrating how to use these new features. One of these examples is ExtPlayer, a simple MP3 player, that leverages the new Ext.air.MusicPlayer and Ext.air.Notify classes. You can install ExtPlayer or download the source.
One of the key additions in Ext 2.0.2 was Adobe AIR 1.0 support for running in the application sandbox. Also, the Simple Tasks AIR application sample was rewritten to take advantage of more of the native functionality in AIR and gained some cool custom Ext components that can be used outside of AIR.