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Old Feb 12, 2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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Are apps written in Adobe Air Safe?

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I'm interested in buying a little app called YNAB to use for home expenditure tracking for tax etc.

I quite liked the simple interface of YNAB compared to the many other financial apps out there.

The issue is that it is not on the App store and when I asked why, the developer said Apple does not allow apps created using Adobe Air on their App store.

So the question is, does Adobe Air create a security risk or can it effect my Mac performance in a negative way, or is this just a policy from Apple that has more to do with competing software technologies?
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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Apple doesn't want programs on the MAS that require another application to install or use, more or less. Otherwise, Adobe AIR isn't terrible. Before Twitter bought TweetDeck it used AIR.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 07:09 AM   #3
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Thanks for the post.

So Apps created in Adobe Air are not a security risk or anything like that, and will not play any havoc with the operating system?

(Please excuse these ignorant questions as I am new to Mac).

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There's always the potential for both, but it's vanishingly small. You shouldn't have any issues installing and using programs that require Adobe AIR.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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There have been security exploits found in AIR before, but from what I recall they all affected Windows only.

AIR could probably be considered safe if only for the reason that it's not particularly popular...
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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Fwiw, I use YNAB daily and there are no problems with it that affect my iMac. Performance is fine, doesn't slow the machine down, has never crashed, etc. The adobe air install shouldn't give you any problems.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:15 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replys, very much appreciated.
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