Air's powerful desktop application makes it easy to access your assets and files when you need them. Air Flow enables users to access their Air content locally right within Finder. Work seamlessly in other apps without having to download content from your browser first. You can also manage your Air workspace's board structure from within Finder. This time-saving, convenient feature was built for creatives who use editing software, work in creative suites, and post social content. With local access, you can use your Air assets with any tool.
Air Flow currently available for Mac OS 10.5 or higher
Air Flow is replacing our previous desktop app, Air Lift. If you have Air Lift installed, please follow these instructions for uninstalling our previous desktop app before installing Air Flow.
How to install Air Flow
Open the Air Flow .dmg file
Move the Application to the Applications Folder. You're then free to delete the .dmg file
Open the Air Flow app and follow the prompted instructions
Access the app by clicking the Air icon in the menu bar
Provide the necessary permissions to Air Flow
Log in to your existing account
Select a workspace to sync
Verify the sync successful confirmation message
Open the Finder App – A successful installation displays Air as listed under your User location within Finder:
Air Flow Features
Once installed, you can now view your entire workspace from Finder in the nested layout of your board structure. With Air Flow, you have the power to:
View entire workspace from Finder
View sync status of content in Finder
Take right-click actions in Finder (sync/unsync, open in Air, copy Share Link URL)
Please note: Quick Actions in the right-click menu in Finder only appear for the active workspace in Air Flow
View sync activity in the desktop app
Change local location of synced folder
How does the Air desktop app work?
Air’s new desktop app integrates with your Mac OS Finder to make your entire workspace available on your computer, without opening the web browser. You have the control to choose which assets and boards are downloaded to your computer (called ‘Offline’ files) and which files are visible but not yet downloaded (called ‘Online only’). Updates made to workspace files in Finder will be immediately reflected in your workspace and on any other teammate’s computer if they have the workspace synced so everyone always has the most up-to-date file.
If I have the existing Air app installed, do I need to remove it before installing AirFlow?
You don’t have to, but we recommend removing the old version of the desktop app (called ‘Air Lift’) before using Air Flow to avoid any confusion. The old version of the app will be deprecated once the new version is officially launched.
How do I update the app to the newest version?
You can update the app to the newest version of the beta using the
Check for updatesoption from the gear icon in the app. When a new update is available, you'll automatically be prompted to update the app.
What happens if I edit synced files on my computer?
Edits made to synced files in Finder will be automatically reflected on the asset in your workspace! That’s the magic of Air Flow – continuous workspace sync with your computer so everyone always has the most up-to-date content.
How do I manage my synced workspaces?
You can choose to reduce the number of boards that are actually downloaded to your computer from "Preferences > Downloaded Content," or simply remove the top-level workspace folder in Finder, which will terminate the sync and remove the workspace from your local drive. The assets will remain in your Air workspace. if you have more than one workspace synced, removing a top-level workspace folder will switch you to another workspace in Air Flow. If not, you will be logged out.
What happens if I delete a folder that’s in my local workspace folder in Finder?
Deleting a folder in your workspace folder in Finder will remove the corresponding board in your workspace. The assets within that board will not be removed from the workspace and can still be found in the workspace library.
⚠️ Please be careful when managing workspace files and folders in Finder as we will not be able to restore any deleted boards.
Can multiple people in my workspace have the Air desktop app installed?
Yes, the app is meant for many people on the team to use!
⚠️ Please be sure to inform your team that any edits or deletions of local files will update and delete content from your team’s workspace.
How much space does Air Flow take up on my computer?
The app itself takes up 350-500 MB of space on your computer’s disk. How much space the files within your Air folder uses is up to you as only the files you choose to sync (’Make available offline’) will take up meaningful space on your computer.
How do I change where the Air folder is stored on my computer?
You can change the location of your local Air folder from the
Preferencesmenu. Please note: Options in the Preferences section are not available while a workspace is actively syncing.
How do versions work with Air Flow?
If you edit and save an existing file in Finder, it will create a new version of the corresponding asset in Air and keep the original version of the file within a version stack in Air as V1.
Renaming a file in Finder does not add a new version in Air.
If an asset in Air has multiple versions, Finder will always show the most recent (cover) version as the corresponding file.
This means if you update the cover version in Air, the corresponding file in Finder will update to the new cover version.
If you add a file to a board folder in Finder that has the same name as an existing file, you'll be prompted to replace it. This will add that replacement as the most recent version.
Is the desktop app available for Windows?
Air Flow is not currently available for Windows. If members of your team use Windows computers, please let us know so we can add these as requests for future improvements to the desktop app.
I need help! Where can I find usage logs to include with my support request?
You can access the logs folder to send along with your support request from
Preferences. Chat with us if you need assistance!
If you need to uninstall the Air Flow app from your computer, please make sure to quit the app before removing any folders/files from Finder. Why? Because if the app is running and a board folder is removed, it will be deleted from your workspace. If you remove an entire workspace folder, it will not delete the workspace or the boards/asset within and will simply stop the sync of that workspace with Finder. To uninstall Air and remove Air data:
Quit the Air app completely (this stops any syncing and prevents accidental deletion)
From Applications, move the Air application to Trash
Move the Air folder within Finder to Trash
This step ensures that if you decide to install the app again, it won’t add duplicate boards/assets to Finder as folders/files when a previously synced workspace is synced again.