Running on AIR: Great office apps you can get now

There aren't many robust business applications powered by Adobe's new rich Internet application platform yet, but we found a few gems you can download right now

 Site description: WagerWidget with one click lets you view the lines, spreads and "over/under" across three of the most influential sports books in the world.

Site description: WagerWidget with one click lets you view the lines, spreads and "over/under" across three of the most influential sports books in the world.

No. 9 -- Pronto

Pronto mashes together e-mail, online collaboration, secure instant messaging, RSS feeds and video communications. "Think about your desktop -- you probably have an e-mail client, an IM client, maybe a VoIP client and then something to play media, like iTunes. We wanted to bring all these things together, and most importantly, we wanted to deliver that to any desktop," said Jon R. Doyle, vice president of business development at CommuniGate Systems. "Pronto brings all forms of communications together with a framework that allows expansion or new applications to snap in."

Pronto 2.5 is due toward the end of the year. It will allow users to create and share video clips, and include an API so third-party developers can build application modules to run within Pronto itself.

No. 10 -- The WagerWidget

Designed for sports fans, fantasy leaguers and sports betters, the WagerWidget obviously doesn't fall under the category of a "serious" business application, but it can be handy for managing your office betting pool. Sports and leagues covered are the NFL, MLB, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NBA and NHL. As odds update, you can spot discrepancies by half-points. An analysis feature built into the widget can also help you find the best odds.

The WagerWidget has been made to run on several platforms (including Facebook and iPhone), with the AIR version being the latest. "We decided that AIR was worth porting to because it gave the WagerWidget's existing code base the ability to run as a native desktop application on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, all from the same installer," explains David Steinbrunner, one of the developers of the WagerWidget.

Future versions of the WagerWidget may include odds conversion tools and more sports types.

Howard Wen reports for several technology publications.

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