On the official site we can read
Adobe AIR offers an exciting new way to engage customers with innovative, branded applications, without requiring changes to existing technology, people, or processes.
So, this is Adobe AIR: a new framework where live some useful applications. In this article I would give special attention to web developers enumerating some applications I commonly use.
Polaris is a cross-platform desktop widget for Google Analytics. With 8 standard reports it’s the easiest way keep your data always instantly available. The rich interface and swift navigation make it a pleasure to use.
Your time is your product. Every minute you spend working that goes unaccounted for is like giving away your product for free. Tracking your time accurately is essential to staying profitable.
In addition, knowing how much time you spend on past projects, can allow you to better estimate future projects. Do you know how much time you spend in meetings? On the phone? Promoting yourself? Making sales calls?
Shrink O’Matic is an Adobe® AIR™ application to easily (batch) resize (shrink) images. It handles JPGs, GIFs and PNGs.
Simply drag and drop images and they’ll be resized as you wish! Options allow you to choose the output sizes, names and formats.
Color Browser was designed as a way to store my favorite color sets for reference. Kuler and ColourLovers had great ways to manage my favorites too, but I keeping them open, or referencing them quickly was a pain, or not possible if I wasn’t online. So I put together a small application to handle a local set of my favorite color palettes.
Enter the Url and Press Snap. Or Drag&Drop it from your browser. Click on the Thumnails to Save. With Auto Save Checked, the thumnails are immediatly saved to your ‘save’ folder.
Select the type of Snapshot you want to make: Thumbnail, Browser size, or Full Page.
Icon Generator is a little application that lets you generate a CS3 or Web 2.0 style icon, only 3 step. Pick color, type characters, and save it. Just create 4 different sizes of the icon.
Snippely is a basic text and code organizational tool. Instead of storing bits of code, quick notes, and memos in text files all over your hard drive, this application will let you save and organize “snippets” in one convenient location. A snippet is a collection of one or more pieces of code and notes. Snippets are stored in groups for organization and quick retrieval.
A snippet is composed of a title, description, and one or more ‘snips’. You can add any number of note and code snips in a variety of different languages (more to be added). When not being edited, the snip will be syntax highlighted according to the language selected. Snips are also sortable so you can organize your snippet however you want. Since everything is saved to a local database as you work, there’s no need to worry about pressing the save button or submitting a form.