The mystery of Airpress: What happened to the best wordpress desktop client?

May 1, 2009 at 11:19 am (Linux News, Other multimedia) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Once upon a time, there was an application called AirPress, which came out as an Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) app, rocking the wordpress with a storm which the wordpress bloggers haven’t experienced before…. a fully-functional desktop publishing client for wordpress. It was so advance that it can just record your web cam videos live on the blog you’re writing ! (with edition 0.3 beta – in .flv format).

Although we have many desktop publishers today, at the time it came out (2007), there was none noticeable. And the program was still in the beta stage, running on the then AIR beta, but giving tremendous results. Look at the screenshots below, anyone really will fall in love.

Airpress 0.3 beta screenshot (extracted from www.quickonlinetips.com)

Airpress 0.3 beta screenshot (extracted from http://www.quickonlinetips.com)

According to Saad Hamid (blog article) – airpress had these amazing capabilities

  • Custom / animated windows

  • Embedded database for offline read/creation of posts

  • Detection offline / online

  • File I/O API for saving FLV webcam videos record

  • ActionScript / JavaScript Script bridging to interact with the text editor made in HTML/javascript.

  • Drag and Drop Support for the media (pictures, sounds, videos, flash animations…) you want to insert in your post.

  • Network communication with the blogs via XML-RPC

airpress blog post manager

airpress blog post manager (extracted from http://www.sizlopedia.com)

So why i’m digging history again? I installed AIR last week, and I found this airpress application in almost all the top 10 AIR app lists. So I decided to search and download the .air file. Every site on the search results list gave a same link http://www.airpress.org/airpress.air which actually redirected to some air (physical) utility site? (picture below) It seems like dummy meta-search engine put there just to fill the space! This was not the site in 2008!

The new Airpress.org ! (screenshot from www.airpress.org)

The new Airpress.org ! (screenshot from http://www.airpress.org)

After trying many links, I came to this link http://airpress.10001downloads.com/download and so a free “external” download link below. And they say external ones are not reliable, of course coz it’s the same link above! I think they have the app, but want us to pay money for the mirror! A link for the 0.31 version is available http://software.emule.com/airpress-0-31/download.php but it did not work with my AIR 1.5 version which is strange.

A more interesting thing, in almost every blog post on airpress, you can find this comment about a similar program bookmash —— “A new application named Bookmash has been created with the functionnalities of Airpress and a lot of others functionnalities like mp3, video, picture search and download… Try it!” —– and same exact thing in different commenter name! But this program http://www.bookmash.com sucks, and have no capability as airpress! The same comment appeared on all these blogs below: (and many more)

http://air.flash-ripper.com/archives/001877.php

http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2007/09/airpress-blogging-client-powered-by-adobe-air/

http://blog.bittube.com/2007/09/26/airpress-desktop-video-blogging-comes-to-wordpress-thanks-to-adobe-air/

http://www.sizlopedia.com/2007/09/29/airpress-desktop-blogging-client-powered-by-adobe-air/

http://nisheet.wordpress.com/2007/09/27/airpress-blogging-on-wordpress/

I feel something fishy in all this. Anyway, i’m not a good investigator, I just gave the facts here. People who are good at it please dig!

Finally saying, i’m yet to try airpress because I can’t find it anywhere in the net or torrents. Any possible down links are welcome!

For people who don’t know about AIR platform — it’s an interpreter like java, which is machine independent. The core is based on adobe’s technologies such as acrobat, flash, flex,shockwave and non-adobe action script and ajax. So simply, AIR applications can do what these programs do easily, and the code is easier than java.

get it here: http://get.adobe.com/air/

some interesting apps: http://tnerd.com/2007/10/02/best-applications-adobe-air-top/

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7 Comments

  1. oliver said,

    Hey,

    you wrote what i am thinking (and wondering) about. what happened? it seems to have vanished. If you find anything further, please tell!

  2. Ramsey Stoneburner said,

    Sorry I’m no help either but my thots exactly!!! It looked promising! What’s up AirPress guys???

    • Malshan Peiris said,

      I’m afraid that no one is working on airpress now? It’s only mentioned in the blogs (it’s simply history)

  3. jakaran said,

    Thank you very much, I was looking for this!

  4. Paul said,

    Has anyone tried to contact the author? I would really like to try out airpress too 🙂

  5. InaWarMinister said,

    Yeah, where is it?
    Damn, and I can’t find any other wordpress client for windows… -_-

  6. Ashis said,

    Noop, didn’t find it either!

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