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Adobe Air...what is it?

#1
I just activated Adobe Reader 9 and it came with Adobe Air as a separate item in programs list. My home laptop is mainly for entertinment (games, mail, vista forum, (?)porns, etc.. ) Serious business computing is always done by secretaries in the office.

I cannot understand all the blogs about it on the net. What is it and do I need it?
 
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#2

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#3
Mansrm81, thanks for the link but I have come across it already plus a dozen other blogs andf I am still clueless.

All that I seem to understand is it is mainly for "developer" which I am sure I am not (because I have no clue what a developer is). I just want a simple clear advice on whether or not I should keep it (because I am liable to use it) or delete (because I probably will never use it?). BTW, it is downloadable separately (and free). Hence, I can easily delete and re-install except I really do not know what it is used for.
 

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#4
I don't know what to say its just another piece of bloatware and I uninstalled it cause it was no use to me.
 

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    On board RealTek
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    Nothin Special
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    Stock
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    Standard 102 key with volume and sleep buttons
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    Comcrap 10mb cable
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    Insignia 2.1 speakers, wireless Xbox 360 controller w/plug n play charger, Belkin wireless G + mimo usb network adapter.

Airbot

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#5
You don't need it. Extra bull. I uninstalled it when I downloaded adobe. All I use is adobe reader, shockwave,flash. I don't use acrobat. adobe reader works fine without it for the basic use if that's all you need.
 

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#6
Thanks, airbot and mansrm81. It's gone!
 

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smarteyeball

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#7
Yep, it's just another reason to dislike Adobe products.
 

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stormy13

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#8
Might want to do yourself a favor and remove Reader all together and give this a try,

Foxit Software

Much lighter on resources, more options out of the gate, and opens almost instantly.
 

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#9
I agree, FOXIT is much better ...smaller, simpler and faster. I've been using it for a year now.

But guess what, I just found out some free porn sites require Adobe Media Player which requires Adobe air. (I regret posting this). Thus, I had to re-install it. And then I notice it has no size listed in Add/remove. What does it mean when a downloaded third party program has no size?
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7-1170us
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Compal
    Memory
    4.096
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    289.09 GB
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced (101-or 102) keyboard
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    cable Wireless

smarteyeball

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#10
But guess what, I just found out some free porn sites require Adobe Media Player which requires Adobe air. (I regret posting this). Thus, I had to re-install it. And then I notice it has no size listed in Add/remove. What does it mean when a downloaded third party program has no size?
Lol, at least you found a use for AIR ;)

No size reported isn't too big a deal. I have a printer driver that doesn't report size either. It's probably just not added into the code to report size, or it uses a different installer that doesn't report.
 

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    Graphics Card(s)
    2x Gigabyte GTX 670 OC WindForce SLI
    Sound Card
    X-FI Forte + ATH-AD900
    Monitor(s) Displays
    x2 Dell U2410 / 58" Samsung / "40 Sony
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1200 / 1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2x Intel 520 240GB * Crucial M4 128GB * 2x Samsung F3 1TB (RAID 0) * 2x WD Caviar Blacks 2TB (RAID 0)
    PSU
    Corsair AX1200W
    Case
    Lian Li PC-V1020A
    Cooling
    NH-D14: 3x140mm Gelid Wing 14: Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme
    Mouse
    Razer Imperator + Thermaltake Theron
    Keyboard
    Topre Realforce // Ducky Shine Cherry MX Black
    Other Info
    Laptop Specs:
    Clevo Sager P170HM //
    17.3 Matte 1920x1200 //
    i7 2720QM // 8GB 1333mhz //
    Dedicated GTX 485M //
    240GB Intel 520 + 750GB + Blu-Ray //

    Samsung Story 2TB USB 3.0