With the release of the PlayBook Tablet OS AIR SDK 1.0.1 we have improved the installation process greatly. With previous beta releases we realize, and heard clearly from the community, that it was difficult to get everything set up just right as there were a lot of steps and different options. We have done a great job at removing as many of the steps from the process as possible.
First, the SDK and the Simulator are 1 download and there is no longer 2 separate installers. When installing the SDK into Flash Builder it now supports 3 different versions, Flash Builder 4.0.1, Flash Builder “Burrito” Preview, which is available on Adobe Labs, and later pre-release versions of Flash Builder 4.5, which are available to Adobe pre-release members. This should save you from having multiple installs of Flash Builder on your machine. Also, the installer will now accept an AIR SDK which is 2.5 or higher. This means that you can use the AIR 2.6 SDK and any other future releases. The catch with this is that the Simulator and actual hardware only support the AIR 2.5 runtime and if your application targets anything higher it will crash.
Once you have the SDK installed you are ready to get the Simulator set up. Instead of installing an .iso for the Simulator we now ship an actual VMWare image, which you can simply open in VMWare. This image has the Simulator already set up with a default password, “playbook”, and already has Development Mode turned on by default. This removes a lot of the steps in previous beta releases to get the iso installed with the right settings. Also, the EULA has been removed and you no longer have to scroll through it entirely to accept it.
With these changes we have greatly reduced the number of clicks and documentation reading required to get developers up and running. We still have other things we want to improve and will be working on for upcoming releases. I can honestly say that these changes are a direct result of community feedback. Hopefully this is the first step into showing the community that we are truly listening to your feedback and want to make the process for developing application for the PlayBook, no matter which runtime on the device you are targeting, the best development experience out there.
Here is a video of the entire installation process.