Titanium launched as 'open source alternative' to Adobe's AIR
Titanium -- a desktop, mobile, and Web development environment which enters public preview today -- is designed as a open source alternative for Windows, Mac and Linux developers to Adobe's AIR.
Start-up firm Appcelerator is today launching a public preview release of the Windows and Mac versions of Titanium, a desktop, mobile and Web application development environment. A Linux edition of Titanium is slated for January.
Titanium is aimed at easing the process of building "feature-rich" apps for multiple desktop -- and ultimately mobile -- environments, in addition to the Web, said Nolan Wright, CTO, in a briefing for BetaNews.
Titanium is "not yet parallel in features with [Adobe's] AIR," Wright acknowledged. "But hopefully, we'll be able to move way beyond where AIR is. In an open source environment, progress can be made very fast," he added.
The Silicon Valley start-up has just finished a round of internal beta testing with Titanium. "[The software] is still in an early version, but it's ready for developers to start building and running [production] apps," Wright told BetaNews.
Key functionality includes the ability to integrate Web apps into the desktop environment for offline use; direct file system access; local database storage; native windowing; application and system control menus; and geo-location, among others.
Also today, Appcelerator announced that it has secured $4.1 million in Series A funding, led by Storm Ventures.