If you can’t have an iPad to simulate apps, grab iPadian to simulate them on Windows . iPadian is an Adobe AIR-based iPad simulator which allows you to run some iPad apps in an iPad-like interface on your own PC desktop.
The iPad is designed for touch, so using anything similar on a desktop, with just a mouse and keyboard, is never going to be ideal. Will be better is your device is touchscreen, but you can still find your way around by clicking on buttons, but it all feels a little clunky, and the program doesn’t allow you to use the mouse to simulate swipes.
For the Linux users, Adobe launch the beta version of Adobe AIR. The new features include support for system tray icons, keyboard shortcuts, localization, internationalized input (IME support), filetype registration, SWF and PDF in HTML, multi-monitor support, fullscreen mode, encrypted local storage, support for V4L2 cameras and printing. Supported distributions now are three: 8 Ubuntu 7,10, Fedora and OpenSuSE 10.3. Adobe Air Applications can be downloaded from AIRpollo or freshAIRapps.
A good website for Adobe Air applications AIRpollo by Alexander Marktl.
freshAIRapps a showcase and gallery that shows some of the fantastic Adobe AIR applications that are being developed today.
AIR is a new offering from Adobe that launched as version 1 in early 2008. It is an exciting new way of bringing rich engaging content built using web technologies like Flash or Flex, AJAX, PDF and HTML to your desktop as native applications. This means that fantastic content and experiences can be delivered outside of the web browser across multiple operating systems.