I love running certain web applications on desktop and Adobe AIR goes much farther than just that. Twhirl – a Twitter client built on Adobe AIR platform is one brilliant example of its power.
Unlike Mozilla Prism, which lets you run web applications as desktop apps, Adobe AIR goes further in creating different interfaces and functionality by working with the APIs provided by the web application.
This is where Netflix’s recent release of their REST API comes in. The developers at SitePen inc. have developed a new Adobe AIR app – Queued that interacts with NetFlix’s API.
Queued – Netflix Queue in your Desktop
Queued brings your Netflix queue to your desktop allowing you to quicky, view and modify your queue. It also lets you search for movies and add it your queue. You can even browse the library and launch instant Watch It now movies right from your desktop. No need to login to Netflix and launching the browser to do it.
Adobe AIR lets you run Queued even in background so you can often get into Netflix queue and do what you want without logging in every time and waiting for the web pages to load.
In fact, Queued can even notify when Netflix has received your movies and when they ship your movies.
In Windows and Mc OS X, you can right click on the dock/tray icon and choose ‘At Home Mini-Queue’ to view information on what movies has been shipped quickly.
Netflix has garnered my respect with their efficient service in delivering movies via post as well as via streaming. Queued is definitely a great prototype of what Adobe AIR & Dojo toolkit can do with some nice APIs. Exactly the intention with which the developers built this.
In fact, Queued is a open-source, BSD-licensed software. So anyone can get the source code and provide suggestions, bug fixes and contributions to this project.
I reviewed Netflix InstantWatcher which lets you find the movies you want quickly just a while back. If I could find a roku coupon, I may even go out and buy a Roku Netflix box or this LG Netflix streaming Blu-Ray player.
Finally, if you are spending money on Netflix, you might as well make sure you are using your Netflix subscription to it’s fullest by checking out your usage patterns.
[via SitePen blog]