Apollo: A Deity Descending

The PDF world is silent and seemingly still. CPU’s buzz and hum under the daily grind as they work towards maximum usage. Users are clicking away on the keyboard, typing their way closer to the future. . . . And all under the shade of anticipation for Apollo.

Yes, it’s coming. As mentioned, Adobe is coming out with Apollo, their new up and coming media platform. Still wonder what this Sun god namesake is?

Apollo is a cross-operating system runtime intended to make it easier for developers to create and set out Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) to the desktop that can render Flash animations and HTML functionality as well as the PDF’s containing abilities, ultimately enabling Web-applications to function outside the browser.

The software will allow developers to create applications by using already widely used Web designing and creation tools. Apollo applications will look and function like any average desktop application, included with installers and uninstallers.

The important issue here is that while Web applications can function on different operating systems, they don’t work when disconnected from the Internet. This is one of the browser restrictions Apollo seeks to improve.

Thus, with Apollo files (with Internet content and media), people could access work online, save it offline, work on it and then have any changes updated and synchronized with the Internet version once reconnected.

All without an Internet browser? Yes, without an Internet browser. Then what?—The PDF. The PDF’s capability of containing rich media content is being pushed to its limits as an applications container. The primary setback would, of course, be the file size of those Apollo documents.

The release of the product will be the first one under the Macromedia-Adobe union. Its distribution campaign has yet to be set in stone, but you can expect for it to be available via free download. Apollo is intended for a release in the first half of 2007.

Will Apollo be the Apps god it intends to be?