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Adobe Apollo and Kuler desktop app

Apollo is the code name for a cross-operating system runtime Adobe release a little over month ago that lets you use existing web development technologies like Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript and Ajax to create desktop applications. These let you combine the benefits of web applications – network and user connectivity, rich media content, ease of development, and broad reach – with the strengths of desktop applications, interactions, local resource access, personal settings, powerful functionality, and rich interactive experiences. It also enables familiar application interaction models including drag-and-drop support, rich clipboard access, and desktop and system shortcuts.

They have used this new platform to extend the Kuler color theme generator into a cross platform desktop application. You need to download and install the alpha of the Apollo runtime to make it work which is a simple and quick process. After you install it you see that it displays the highest rated, most popular and newest color themes. There is a nice piece of functionality where if you find a theme you like you can copy the values to your clipboard to use is another program. It is disappointing that you can only see saved themes as I had hoped the app would bring the ability to build the themes to your desktop since that would be something I would use on a regular basis. This simple app does show some of the power that Maybe it will be added in a future release

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