Announcing the Flex Team Components

The Flex team is pleased to announce the first of what we hope will be many new components. As we investigate common themes behind usable RIAs, we may experiment with components to see if they fit within a model that appeals to our customers and their users. We intend to release these experiments on the Adobe Exchange, available for free for you to play with or use within your applications.

Each component will be released individually on the Exchange, and can be used in your application simply by adding the pre-compiled SWC into your library path. Samples and documentation will be included as well. Finally, we will include the source so that you can modify the component as you see fit. It should be noted that we consider these components to be at Alpha quality. This means that we consider a component to be feature complete, but we may not have worked out every use-case and there may be some bugs. For example, while the components are written to support styling and skinning (in the same model as the Flex 2 framework), these areas may be less tested than others. As we see how customers are using the components and gather feedback we may release additional versions that include bug fixes, or expose more properties, or even behave differently. Of course we may also determine that the component is not useful for our developers and that we should focus on different ones.We will be releasing these components under a license similar to the Flex SDK. In essence you will be able to use and modify these components within the context of a Flex application, module, or library for no charge.Our first component is an AutoComplete text input which allows you to specify values for the component to suggest to a user as they type. It is available on the Exchange now!

22 Responses to Announcing the Flex Team Components

  1. 月饼团购 says:

    But ya, it would be cool.

  2. Dave Koppe says:

    Why doesn’t the combo box change selection when you click on an item with the mouse. It seems that when I try clicking on the second item, it just disappears? I have to click the combo box, then press the down arrow on the keyboard in order to select another item.Thanks,Dave

  3. Diana Grayson says:

    This is great! It would be perfect if it combined the type ahead and ComboBox functionality: Type ahead when the user knows what they are looking for and you want to validate to a list; ComboBox when the user isn’t sure and wants to browse the validated list. Maybe a property to switch the ComboBox function on/off depending on the usage?

  4. I m waiting for the component similar to accordion but they shud be in the placed horizontally cascade…I m just in love with the accordion..And i m waiting for the surprise…yipee

  5. Jeff Knooren says:

    Another tab component, would be side tabs. With horizontal tabs, they span the top of a container. Side tabs would span the width.

  6. Avijit Paul says:

    Vertical tab >> there is! In Acrobat. hehe. =)But ya, it would be cool.I would persoanlly want an audio visualiser tool and a sound comparison. SO that we can take one input from microphone and one from the computer and compare their difference and show it either in numbers (percentage) or visually (spectrum or amplitude).

  7. Jeff Knooren says:

    Can I make a component suggestion here? Vertical Tabs. There are three different horizontal tab navigators, but no vertical ones.

  8. Matt Chotin says:

    And spoil the surprise? I can’t announce them now but as they become more certain we’ll see what we can do.

  9. Campbell says:

    Sweetbix, cant wait for them. Can you tell us whats in the upcoming releases??

  10. Dreamer says:

    great work.Thanks.