By Johann Zimmern - Worldwide Education Manager


October 24, 2007

Offers Adobe Flex Builder 2 to Students and Faculty at No Cost
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 24, 2007–Adobe Systems
Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it is offering
Adobe(R) Flex(TM) Builder(TM) 2 software at no cost to students and
faculty at educational institutions worldwide. The Flex Builder 2
integrated development environment (IDE) is part of a powerful toolset
for designing and developing rich Internet applications (RIAs), an
essential part of Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 technologies have spurred the development of RIAs that
enable data sharing, collaboration, user participation, social
networking, and more. Flex is the industry’s most advanced framework
for building cross-operating system RIAs for the Web. By offering Flex
Builder 2 at no cost, educational institutions will be able to improve
students’ and researchers’ knowledge of RIA development. With Flex 3,
currently in public beta, students will be able to extend their RIAs
to the desktop using Adobe(R) AIR(TM).
“By making it easier for educational institutions to adopt Flex 2,
we are ensuring that students and researchers are better equipped to
harness the power of Web 2.0 and RIAs,” said Peter Isaacson, vice
president of education marketing at Adobe. “It is clear that RIAs are
the future of Web development, and a strong skill set in RIA
development will serve students well in their careers.”
“As someone who teaches a Flex course, I applaud Adobe for helping
to provide the free software that will help professors better prepare
our students for the future,” said Yakov Fain, adjunct professor at
New York University. “People with Adobe Flex skills are already in big
demand in the industry, and this smart move will help to substantially
increase the number of Flex-enabled college graduates. We are pleased
to be among the first universities to offer this kind of coursework to
our students.”
Flex applications can be commercially created and deployed today
with the free Flex 2 SDK, which includes the Flex compiler and the
ActionScript(TM) 3.0 libraries. Together, these elements provide the
modern, standards-based language and programming model used by leading
businesses to create RIAs deployed on the ubiquitous Adobe Flash(R)
Player. Beginning with the release of Flex 3 in early 2008, the Flex
SDK will be made available as open source, enabling developers to
extend and contribute to the source code for the Flex compiler,
components and application framework.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Flex 2 will be available to qualified education end-users
for free download on in early November.