To install desktop applications based on Adobe Apollo (e.g. widgets) end users must simply have installed the Adobe Apollo Runtime (similar to the principle of having to install the Flash Player plug-in in order to view Flash content in a webbrowser).
Amazon.co.uk Associate yourminis has now created the following two Adobe Apollo based desktop widgets:
This widget allows you to search for the name of a user (e.g. first name and/or surname) who has saved a wish list on the Amazon.co.uk website. All matching wish lists on Amazon.co.uk are shown (as long as the user has published his/her wish list).
When a wish list is selected, the system lists all of the products on this wish list using the widget. Once the widget settings (size, colour, format, etc.) have been customised, the user can then copy the wish list widget as an Adobe Apollo application to their own desktop.
The products shown on the wish list can then even be viewed from the users desktop if the user is offline. Clicking a product on the wish list loads the product details page for the selected product from Amazon.co.uk in a Web browser.
The following screenshot shows the Amazon wish list widget on a (Mac OS X) desktop:
The search box widget enables users to search for products on the Amazon.co.uk website. Search results are displayed directly in the widget. The user can then call up the corresponding product details page on the Amazon.co.uk website by clicking a specific item.
Once the widget settings (size, colour and format) have been customised, the user can then copy the search widget as an Adobe Apollo version onto the PC or MAC desktop (see screenshot above, bottom widget).
We look forward to being able to present further desktop applications/widgets created by Amazon.co.uk Associates soon.
Both of the widgets presented here were created using Amazon Web Services.