Archive for October, 2010

Public Preview Releases of Flex SDK, Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst available for download

For the past 9 months the Flex team has been hard at work building the next versions of Flex, Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst. We are proud to announce that you can now download preview releases of all three products from Adobe Labs. You may have also heard that we also released Adobe AIR 2.5, which extends AIR to run on a number of mobile platforms. Together, these releases open up a significant new opportunity for Flex developers to build applications that span the web, desktop and now mobile. Here’s a quick snapshot of the new major feature sets:

Flex SDK “Hero” provides new mobile features for building standalone applications for mobile devices, additional Spark components and capabilities as well as infrastructure improvements that target large-scale applications.

Flash Builder “Burrito” provides integrated workflows for building multi-screen applications, improved designer/developer workflows with Flash Catalyst, provides enhancements to core performance, and includes a wealth of new coding productivity improvements for Flex and ActionScript projects.

Flash Catalyst “Panini” provides improvements which enable bi-directional workflows between Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder, adds support for resizable applications and components, provides improvements to project-defined interactions, and includes a newly designed Components panel.

You can learn more about these exciting new releases by reading our intro articles written by our product managers:

Andrew Shorten’s What’s New in Flash Builder “Burrito”

Deepa Subramaniam’s What’s New in Flex SDK “Hero”

Narciso Jaramillo’s Mobile Development Using Flex SDK “Hero” and Flash Builder “Burrito”

Doug Winnie’s What’s New in Flash Catalyst “Panini”

You can download the preview releases for Flex SDK “Hero“, Flash Builder “Burrito” and Flash Catalyst Panini right now on Adobe Labs. We’ve also included numerous samples and tutorials to help you get up and running more quickly, plus a set of videos that showcase larger features and workflows.

We are all very excited to provide you with an early opportunity to evaluate in-development features and to allow us to get your feedback. Please remember that they are preview releases, so they have not undergone the same level of testing as you will find in our finals, and therefore may contain a higher number of bugs. Please also note that they are not yet feature complete.  All that said, we hope you’ll enjoy working with the new features and are as excited as we are by the improvements we’re making. Please share your feedback with us through the Adobe forums (Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst and Flex SDK) as well as through JIRA, our public bugbase.


Flex SDK, Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst Product Teams

Status of

Some of you may have noticed that Adobe Open Source has been down for some time. The service is currently unavailable as we investigate a critical issue with our server infrastructure. We currently do not have an ETA on restoring service, but I will share more information as it becomes available. I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

Thank you for your patience,

Deepa Subramaniam

Senior Product Manager, Flex SDK

UPDATE: Service to was reinstated Friday, 10/22 at 5 PM PST.

Flash Builder “Burrito” final sneak

This is the last in the series of feature sneak videos, highlighting features currently under development for the upcoming release of Flash Builder, codenamed “Burrito”. In this video we’re showing you support for override/implement methods…

Whilst we’re done with the sneaks for now, the features highlighted only represent a portion of what we’re working on for Flash Builder “Burrito”. Stay tuned for more information about when we’ll be making “Burrito” available and what other features will be in the release…

Build Your First Mobile Flex Application at MAX

Several months ago, we announced that the next version of Flex, codenamed “Hero”, will contain new features for developing mobile applications. At MAX, we’ll be highlighting these new features in a number of sessions.

However, we know that you might want to go further and actually try it out for yourself. So we’re also hosting a “Bring Your Own Laptop” (BYOL) lab, Build Your First Mobile Flex Application, where you can actually get hands-on with the new mobile development features and tooling workflows. Also, if you bring an Android 2.2 phone (and the USB cable to connect it to your laptop), you can even install and run the application on your device.

The Monday 10/25 5 pm session is full, but there’s still room in the Wednesday 10/27 1:30 pm and 4 pm sessions. So, if you’re interested, sign up on the MAX website, and we’ll see you there!

Flash Builder Burrito sneak #4

Continuing with our weekly sneaks of features under development for Flash Builder “Burrito”, this week we’re excited to show you how Quick Assist/Fix will make you more productive when coding ActionScript.

Flash Builder “Burrito” is an upcoming version of the product that is currently in development – the final feature sneak (for now) will be posted next week. Enjoy!