Before anything, I should also thank Josh and Daniel for their great work so far. I'm a fan and a few month ago purchased the Handbook, https://gamua.com/starling/handbook/ which is a piece of art I must say.
I know, it's a pain to see Adobe cutting out the financial support on these frameworks. When I say "I know", I actually mean that; because we have felt this before, around a year ago when Adobe turned us down on supporting our ANEs to make them opensource.
What is changed now? Starling is working perfectly, feathers is also working nicely, The AIR SDK is also receiving updates regularly like always. Adobe has been keeping the SDK updated to make sure the built .ipa and .apk files are smoothly allowed on the app stores. I'm sure the new SDK to support iOS 12 builds and android-64 will also be available when the time arrives. like before.
Nevertheless, it's no secret that Adobe is not marketing AIR and we don't understand why. yet, thinking logically, and by looking at the past, I don't think Adobe would ruin their reputation by suddenly killing AIR. Remember when the 'Flash' name was cursed? Adobe waited for a few years first and then said they will drop Flash after 5 years, 2020.
I don't have statistics but at the time when Adobe announced the finish time for Flash, most of us were not using it any more. We were using AIR. Now compare what happened to Flash with what AIR stands today. I can easily bet that AIR SDK will continue for at least next 6 to 10 years from now.
So, just like how Daniel said:
I want to make some things clear, just to make sure there are no misunderstandings: Starling and Feathers are not discontinued - they will stick around as long as AIR is available and developers are using them.
I am also happy to let you know that our work on ANEs will also continue for as long as AIR is around and people are using it.
To wrap this up, let me also announce the release of V2.0.0 of the ANELAB software which we released this morning! It's implementing ANEs and their resources and merges/reconstructs the manifest file much faster than the older versions. Check out this video to see how it works: https://youtu.be/FaBozwel-0A
Hadi from MyFlashLabs