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Ask DLS: best desktop Facebook client?

Today I tried doing something which seemed really simple at first glance: I set out to get a list of Facebook status updates on my desktop. Just the updates. No pictures, no pokes, no Farmville. I kind of wanted to be able to post replies, but that wasn't super-important. And after spending quite a bit of time, I simply couldn't find anything worthy. I found Seesmic and TweetDeck. Beautiful...

Waver, a cross-platform Google Wave application for your desktop

There's Tweetdeck for your Tweets, Seesmic for your Facebook stalking -- and now Waver for your Waves! Waver is simply an Adobe AIR application that hooks into your Google Wave account. From there, you can create new waves, or update existing ones. Adobe's Javascript implementation seems to do surprisingly well, rendering Waves as quickly or quicker than Google's own V8 -- though this could...

Flickroom: Desktop browser for Flickr

Flickroom is an application that lets you interact with photo-sharing site Flickr from your desktop without opening a web browser. Flickroom is based on Adobe AIR, which means you need AIR to be installed in order to run the application. But it also means that Flickroom is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The program lets you login to your Flickr account and view photos in your own...

Portfolio: Free, flashy stock tracker based on Adobe AIR

Portfolio Viewer is a slick desktop application for keeping track of the value of your stock portfolio. While it doesn't link to your investment account for actually making trades, the program does plot user-entered transactions on a chart and keep track of historic stock and fund prices. You can create multiple portfolios like, say, one for your retirement account and another for your...

Adobe open sources Media Framework, text engine behind TimesReader 2.0

This morning, Adobe announced the release of two major pieces of software as open source- the OSMF (Open Source Media Framework) and TLF (Text Layout Framework) - under the Mozilla Public License. TLF is the new text-rendering engine in Air 1.5, where it handles things like the typographical wizardry in TimesReader 2.0. A major goal with TLF was to provide web application developers a set of...

Yammer releases new desktop client for Twitter-like business app

Yammer is a Twitter-for-business style application that basically lets users communicate only with other users that share the same private email domain. For example, I could setup a Yammer network where I could keep up to date with other @downloadsquad.com users. The company recently launched an updated version of its desktop client. Like the previous client, the new application is still built on...

Adobe releases trio of Labs goodies for designers, developers

Adobe has been busily working away on the Flash/Flex platform, announcing late yesterday that three new releases were headed to Adobe Labs. The Flex SDK has reached version 4, and Flex Builder has been re-branded as Flash Builder. The new version delivers loads of new functionality and focuses on three keys: developer productivity, designer-developer workflow, and data-centric development. Since...

iGoogler turns iGoogle into a desktop app - in the simplest way possible

If you use your iGoogle web page as a personalized homepage with information like the local weather, access to your Google Calendar, news feeds, and other items, but don't like having to fire up a full web browser every time you want to get that information iGoogler can help. Basically iGoogler is a single-use web browser built on Adobe AIR. When you load the application, your iGoogle web page...

New York Times launches Adobe AIR-based TimesReader 2.0

TimesReader is a desktop application for reading the New York Times without a web browser. While this may not sound like a service you need, since you can read most Times articles online, the latest version of TimesReader provides a pretty compelling interface for reading the paper. TimesReader 2.0 also happens to be built on Adobe AIR, which mean that unlike earlier versions of the program, it...

Statuzer: Twitter client and music player

At first glance, Statuzer looks like just another Twitter client built on Adobe AIR. But it has a few awesome features that set it apart from competitors like Twhirl and Tweetdeck. First, Statuzer comes with a built in music player that lets you stream MP3s shared through song.ly and tra.kz. But you can also use Statuzer as a search engine for Jamendo to find and play free and legal music. In...

Adobe seeks testers for 64-bit Air on Linux

A few months back, Adobe announced the availability of a 64-bit version of the Flash plugin on Labs - for Linux only. Now they've released a 64-bit alpha version of Air, and once again it's just for Linux users. If you're running a 64-bit Linux distribution on your system and can pitch in with bug reports and devote some serious time to testing you can email Adobe with your particulars. While I...

Facebook desktop client brings you more clutter in less space

I'll say right off that I'm not a big Facebook user to start with, but there's nothing compelling in the newly-released Facebook Desktop client that is going to make me change my mind. If anything, it makes me more sure that I don't need to be spending time on the mammoth social networking site. The app is built on Adobe Air, making it instantly available to nearly everyone as long as they've got...

Polaris makes Google Analytics data pretty, brings it to the desktop

Polaris is a desktop viewer for Google Analytics data. It's built on Adobe AIR, which means it can run on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. And while it doesn't show you any data that you couldn't find by logging into your Google Analytics account, Polaris does make your data easier to read at a glance. The program features attractive graphs, charts, and animations. You can use it to check your...

SpreadTweet hides your Twitter stream in a fake Excel window

Obviously, if your usage policy at work prohibits using Twitter, this program isn't going to be of any help. Log files will still show what you've been up to. However, if you simply want a less obvious interface so that the Looky Lous around your cubicle can't immediately tell what you're up to, check out SpreadTweet. It's yet another Twitter client built on Adobe Air, but obviously there's a...

Seesmic Desktop packs TweetDeck's features with a smaller footprint

Seesmic's Thwirl may not be as popular as it was a year ago, but it's still one of the most popular desktop Twitter apps around. They've lost a lot of ground to TweetDeck - which they no doubt hope to claw back with the release of the all-new Seesmic Desktop. Yes, it's also an Adobe Air app. Unlike the relatively inobtrusive Thwirl, however, Desktop offers a customizable, multi-paned display...