Back in 2004 and a few times thereafter, I’ve rambled on about how your browser is leaking. About how a confluence of web technology trends would bring applications to the desktop. This trend is slowly becoming a reality today.
A major player in the web-to-desktop space is Adobe with their compelling AIR technology. AIR is “a cross-operating system runtime that allows developers to use their existing web development skills to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop.” So with AIR, you can take a web, Flash or Flex application yank it right out of your browser and throw it on your desktop.
Well, this is all great…for developers. But we (“we” being the crew at Arc90) wanted to give end-users the ability to grab any web destination and create an application out of it. Just visit Airifier.com, punch in the URL, click Download Now and create a desktop install of any web application. It works great for applications like Google Reader or Gmail. The Airifier site also lets you share your installable applications with others.
For the less technical among us, here’s a sketchcast on Arifier and why it will change your life (or something) :
Here’s a helpful tip: All those shiny new iPhone applications out there work great right on the desktop. They’re small, lightweight and specifically designed for the bite-size web. Check out Pickleview and Netvibes for iPhone.
Airifier is an Arc90 lab experiment.