In the last few years, web applications have evolved from simple HTML websites into engaging applications that provide a rich user experience. Adobe spotted this trend early and has developed technologies that provide some of the best user experiences possible. Adobe introduced the term rich Internet application (RIA) to describe these interactive web applications.
The two main Adobe technologies that allow RIA development are Adobe® Flex® and Adobe AIR™. Developers can use Adobe® Flash® Builder™ to build Flex and AIR projects. RIAs can run inside the browser or on the desktop (using AIR). Examples of these applications are available in the showcase and the Flash Platform gallery.


Learning resources for faculty and students


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Articles by educators and students


Mathias De Ridder (Jan 10, 2013)
Mathias De Ridder chose Flex for developing an application that combines multiple devices into one user-friendly, smooth application.
Laurents Laire (Aug 19, 2012)
When challenged by his professor to design an interactive application, Laurents Laire implemented his project in Adobe AIR®.
(Jun 18, 2012)
Augustin De Bie takes on the challenge of creating an interactive application that combines multiple devices using Adobe AIR technology at Howest University in Belgium.
Dr. Thor Anderson (Jun 30, 2011)
Dr. Thor Anderson was challenged to find a modular, reusable, eLearning software architecture, and Flex proved more than equal to his requirements.
Eugene Medynskiy (Feb 28, 2011)
Eugene Medynskiy used Flash platform tools to build a flexible data-tracking site that can be easily customized for a range of user types.
Julie Webb (Jan 31, 2011)
Adobe (Sep 02, 2010)
Matt Easterday (Sep 01, 2010)
For Matt Easterday's dissertation at Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, he designed a cognitive game that teaches students how to use diagrams to solve policy problems.
Jason Diehl (Aug 16, 2010)
Adam Hosp, Nick Leonard (Aug 16, 2010)
Jeffrey Heer (Aug 16, 2010)
While a college undergraduate, Jeffrey Heer developed a deep interest in cognitive psychology. This passion has continued through graduate school, where his research has focused on interactive visualization.
Prof. Mike McKean (Aug 16, 2010)
Mark Badger (Aug 16, 2010)
Alan M. MacEachren, Scott Pezanowski (Aug 16, 2010)
Manvesh Vyas (Aug 16, 2010)
Jonathan Coffman (Aug 16, 2010)
Adobe (Aug 13, 2010)
Tyler Travitz (Aug 13, 2010)
Frank Garofalo (Aug 13, 2010)
Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) 411/450 is a senior capstone course in which students simulate the complexities of real-world corporations and business environments related to applied computer graphics.
Lee Byron (Aug 13, 2010)
It all began with a project for an Interaction Design course at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design.
Steve Kurtz, Gordon Goodman (Aug 13, 2010)
The Department of Interactive Games & Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers a wide range of undergraduate courses to a variety of constituents.
Will Carter (Aug 13, 2010)
Rick Toh (Aug 13, 2010)
Not long ago, rick Toh was with a subject team that led student groups to create interactive animations in collaboration with Singapore Wind Symphony, Youth Wing. Adobe creative tools made the project a success.
Bill Bain, Jason Madsen (Aug 13, 2010)
Frank Garofalo (Jul 01, 2010)
Frank Garafalo's graduate research led him to develop a multitouch table and explore a multiuser interface enabled by Adobe AIR that allows users to engage in well-regarded brainstorming exercises usually conducted with pen and paper.
Brady White (May 21, 2010)
Wouter Verweirder, Klaus Delanghe (May 19, 2008)
Digital Design and Media, aka "Devine," is a new, innovative bachelor's program at the University College West Flanders. The program grew out of interest in a study program that offered students an integrated approach to digital media creation.
Scott Mahoy (Apr 15, 2008)
Sean Morrow (Apr 14, 2008)
Erik Loyer (Mar 10, 2008)
Erik Loyer (Nov 22, 2007)
Harald Koebler (Nov 01, 2007)
Yakov Fain (Nov 01, 2007)