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Welcome to the Adobe Developer Connection Developer Desktop Help wiki

This wiki provides information about the Adobe Developer Connection Developer Desktop (ADC Desktop) Application.  Specifically the help provides the following

  1. Details on how to use the Application
  2. Information on using Appcasting RSS to get components to work in the Component Explorer

About the ADC Desktop

The ADC Desktop is an AIR application that provides 4 capabilities

  1. Bug Base Notifications - This module lets you find and track bugs in the Adobe public bug base at bugs.adobe.com.
  2. Component Explorer - This module aggregates components for Flex that support an appcasting RSS feed. 
  3. RSS Reader - This RSS reader comes with a number of default feeds to help you surface information about developing with Adobe technologies.   You can add or remove any feeds you want to.
  4. Adobe User Groups & Events - This module is a handy mashup that allows you to locate Adobe user groups and upcoming events.

The application is also customizable, so if you don't want see or use one of the modules, you can simply turn that module off.

The Bug Base Notification Module
  1. To use the module, click on the bug icon on the toolbar.
  2. Click on the bugs.adobe.com tab to browse the bug base and find a bug you want to track and monitor
  3. When you find a bug you would like to track, click the watch this bug button and the bug is added the the My Bugs Watch List
  4. Once you have at least two bugs that you are tracking, you can sort the Watch List by clicking on headers
  5. You can also click on a specific bug in the watch list to be taken to the page for that bug on bugs.adobe.com
  6. If you have the ADC Desktop running, and a bugs status changes, you will receive a toast notification in the lower left hand corner of your screen letting you know that the details about the bug have changed.
The Component Explorer Module
  1. To use the module, click on the (baseball mitt) icon on the toolbar.
  2. The Component Explorer is an aggregator of appcasting RSS feeds. It lets you browse and search for reusable Flex/AIR components, look at their descriptions, corresponding websites, source code listings, documentations, and running previews in Flash.
  3. The default feeds currently include listings from Adobe Flex Exchange and a few sample feeds based on data from FlexBox.com and Ely Greenfield's blog entries.
  4. To download and install a component, select the component(s) on the component list and then click on the
    install button. The components will be downloaded and unpacked in the install folder specified in the preference dialog.
  5. Once the components are downloaded and installed, you can drag/drop them (using their icons) to other applications (e.g. the FlexBuilder) or folder location. A copy of the expanded contents (source files) will be copied to the drop location.
  6. The components list can be ordered by name, author, published date, rating, etc by column sorting.
  7. The components list can be filtered by
    feeds, by categories, or by advanced search.
  8. You can add personal notes on a component by pushing the add notes button. Personal notes are searchable and are persisted on disk.
  9. To add a new appcasting RSS feed, push on the add feed button. See Appcasting RSS format section on writing your own appcasting feed so that others can find your latest components in the Component Explorer.
The RSS Reader module 
  1. To use the module, click on the orange RSS button on the toolbar.
  2. If you do not already have a feed selected to view, or want to change the feed you are viewing, click on the View Feeds button. 
  3. Once you have selected a feed to view, the associated posts from the feeds appear on the right.   If you select a specific post, then that post will appear.
  4. When reading a specific post, to return to the listing of posts, click on the back button at the bottom left of the post.
  5. If you want to add a feed to the module, click on the view feeds button and then type or paste your feed in the add feeds field, and then hit the Add button.
  6. To remove a feed, from the Feed view, highlight the feed and click the X on right of the feed listing.
Adobe User Group & Events Mashup 
  1. To use the module, click on the green globe.
  2. The default map view includes all user groups and events.
  3. The default panel display is for user groups only; to switch to events click on the clock icon.
  4. You can toggle off or on all events or all user groups.
  5. You can also use the drop down in the left panel to display subsets of each category.
  6. To do a local search, click the binoculars icon.
  7. Slider allows you to zoom in or out on the map.
 Feedback and Bugs

Please help us improve the ADC Desktop - we'd love to hear from you. Please provide any comments below, or press the feedback button and tell us what you think about ADC Desktop, plus any bugs you see or features you don't see.

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