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 AIR LaunchPad is a free AIR application made by Adobe to help Flex developers create new AIR documents with the basic capabilities they need to have included in their applications. Version 2 of LaunchPad adds the ability to create AIR mobile applications in addition to desktop applications. You can learn more about LaunchPad and download it for free at Adobe Labs.
Adobe recently released in Labs the new version of the Flex framework codenamed Hero. Originally there was an intention to develop a special version of the framework dedicated to mobile devices under the codename Slider, but all the proposed features are now merged into a single framework that will make it easy to develop once and deploy the same application for different screens and devices on the desktop and mobile. You can learn more about this new update to the framework on Hero’s page on the Adobe Open Source portal and Hero’s page on Adobe Labs.
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.