How does an AIR Native extension fit in your app?

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In the first post of this series we defined AIR Native Extension as an ActionScript 3 wrapper around a native library and listed the reasons why you might need one.

Today we are looking at how an AIR Native Extension (ANE) fits in your app.

Making native apps with Adobe AIR

As we saw in the previous article, Adobe AIR lets you do cross-platform programming using ActionScript 3. In other words, you can compile your ActionScript 3 code to an application which can run on a platform of your choice: iOS, Mac OS, Android, Windows, Blackberry.

The app package

Let’s say your app is called MyApp. Or Awesome. Nah, let’s stick with MyApp. Your ActionScript code for MyApp is compiled into a .swf file and can then be exported (packaged) into a native app: MyApp.exe for Windows, for Mac OS, MyApp.ipa for iOS, MyApp.apk for Android, etc.

The AIR mobile and desktop app package


App package with an ANE

We defined an ANE (AIR Native Extension) as an AIR library, which wraps around a native library and allows your app to communicate with the native library.

When your app uses one or more extensions, each ANE is included in the native app package.

IPA contents


ANE contents

What else?

Over to you

What platforms do you need ANEs for?

Let us know in the comments below.

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