Adobe has announced a few details about the upcoming versions of Flash Builder 4.6 and Flex 4.6 framework, both of which are expected to be released before the end of this year. In addition to incremental improvements in performance, Flash Builder 4.6 will introduce a number of badly needed components that are optimized for mobile projects such as SpinnerList, DateSpinner, ToggleSwitch, CallOutButton, and SplitViewNavigator, along with the introduction of the ability to use native text to support system wide text features such as text selection, spellcheck, and copy & paste. The update from Flash Builder 4.5 to Flash Builder 4.6 will be free of charge.
I’m personally very excited about this update to Flash Builder and Flex. You can learn more about the new features of Flash Builder 4.6 and Flex 4.6 from Adobe’s website.
Adobe has just released its promised update to Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 that enables Flex developers to create iOS applications. The new update also includes the AIR 2.7 update that significantly improves the performance on iOS advices. Using the new update it will be seriously easy to create cross-platform data intensive applications for Android and iOS using Flex and AS3, especially now that Flash Builder comes with mobile specific templates.
You can download the new update by launching Flash Builder 4.5 on your computer and going through “Help>Search for Flash Builder Updates”.
You can read more about this update on the official Flash blog.
Adobe has just announced the new Creative Suite 5.5, a new mid-cycle upgrade to CS5. The new version of the Creative Suite will have significant updates to Flash Professional, Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst, and Dreamweaver. The updates seem to focus on mobile and tablet platform and the cross-development of mobile applications across Android, iOS, and other modern mobile operating systems. The new updates seem to be restricted to the mobile development application and no updates were made to Photoshop, Illustrator or Fireworks.
A very interesting announcement is the available of CS5.5 through a monthly or annual subscription method instead of paying the full price for a permanent license.
The new CS5.5 Web Premium is expected to be released next month. You can learn more about it at Adobe’s official website.
Adobe just released new betas of its upcoming versions for the Flex SDK (Hero), Flash Builder (Burrito), and Flash Catalyst (Panini), besides the new focus on food names, the new version of these applications focus on mobile development (along with new mobile navigation friendly components), multi-screen projects and enhancing the designer-developer workflow. You can download all the new betas of these applications from the Adobe Labs.
Adobe announced recently that has canceled its plans to release a public beta of Flash CS5 before the end of this year in hope of delivering a more fine tuned final product sometime next year. I am like the majority of other Flash users disappointed as I was looking forward to try out the new features of Flash CS5, especially the tools for creating Flash iPhone applications using the IDE. It is unknown if there would be a public beta release of Flash CS5 now before its official release in 2010.
On a more positive note, Lee Brimelow posted a video showing some of the new features of Flash CS5 including on-stage video playback and cue point creation tools, new Flash file open uncompressed format, code snippets, custom class code hints, Flash Builder integration, and the new TLF text format. You can view the video at GotoAndLearn.com.
Flash CS5 is expected to be released in the first half of 2010.
Flash Magazine is reporting that Adobe showed a sneak peak of the upcoming version of Flash CS codenamed “Viper” Flash Professional CS5 at the Flash on the Beach conference. Features of this new release include:
- Integration of Flash Builder (i.e. Flex Builder) – Viper will be able to directly open and export Flash Builder.
- Simplified coding methods including ready-made code snippets for quickly adding functionality to Flash projects. For example, it will be possible to drag and drop a code snippet to program an object to move around the stage using the keyboard arrows.
- The ActionScript editor will show auto-completion hints for custom classes.
- Text Layout Framework will be supported through the Text Panel.
- The Deco-Brush will be improved.
You read more about these new features and check screen shots of these new features at the Flash Magazine.
You can down a 180Mb video of the session via this link – courtesy of Jon MacDonald.
The Flash Blog reports that Adobe will start calling all upcoming versions of the Flex Builder as Flash Builder. Flex Builder is an Eclipse based IDE for creating Flash web applications and Adobe Air applications using a the Flex framework.
The Flash Builder will still use the open source Flex framework for developing rich internet applications, the new name is simply used to clear any confusion as to the product created using this tool – it creates Flash movies in SWF format that do not require anything other than the Flash Player to run.
While this might help clarify that Flex Builder is essentially a product to make Flash content, this might create confusion between Flash Professional and Flash Builder as people might wonder what the purpose of Flash Professional is if Flash could be built using Flash Builder.
The beta release of the new version of the Flash Builder is expected to come out this summer. You can learn more about this from here.