Are apps written in Adobe Air Safe?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Swampyy, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2013

    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?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    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.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2013
    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).


  4. macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    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.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    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...
  6. macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    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.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2013
    Thanks for the replys, very much appreciated.

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