What is Melrose (formerly known as Shibuya)? It is a service provided by Adobe that helps you monetize your AIR applications. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Still, what exactly does it do for you? In a nutshell it helps you push your AIR application to millions of people and it handles all the details related to charging money for the application and setting up trial periods. From a code perspective, you add a library and couple of lines of code to your application to enable all these features.
For now, there are two storefronts available for you: Adobe AIR Marketplace and Intel AppUp center. You can use Melrose in 47 countries for now (it is still in private beta): Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.
If you choose to charge money for your application, then you get 70% of the revenue (there is a minimum price of $2.99 for any app you want to sell). You get the money on a monthly basis, provided you sold for more than $100 in the past 30 days. There are no charges if you choose to give away your application for free.
And finally, you have access to a dashboard where you can see information like number of trials, number of purchases, and revenue.
You can sign up for Melrose here, on Adobe Labs. Sign up and let us know what do you think!