Is “Digital Editions Add-In” the Apollo framework?
Adobe Digital Editions is a new downloadable application on http://labs.adobe.com. But it requires you to download an Add-In to make it work. Here is the text straight from the FAQ:
Why do I need to install the Adobe Digital Editions Add-In?
In order to use Adobe Digital Editions you must install the Digital Editions Add-In. It is a special version of Adobe Flash Player that includes PDF and XHTML-based document viewing and local file management capabilities.
Now the only thing that I know Adobe working on to allow a “special version of Adobe Flash Player that includes PDF and XHTML” features is Apollo. I like the name Apollo for the product, but it seems we also have the framework being referenced as “Digital Editions Add-In”. Its all exciting to see how all the pieces will come together.
I looked a little deeper and found “Is Digital Editions an Apollo application?” in the FAQ.
Is Digital Editions an Apollo application?
Not yet. Digital Editions is a specific rich Internet application (RIA) built on the current version of the Adobe Engagement Platform, including Flash Player 9 and Flex 2. The Apollo project is in essence developing the next version of the runtime engine of Adobeâ€™s Engagement Platform. As an RIA that can operate offline and outside the browser, Digital Editions exemplifies the kind of next-generation application that the Apollo runtime will enable 3rd party developers to create.
Either way, I just tried out Digital Editions and its need to have Adobe create products out of their own tools….