Getting Started with Preview Releases of Flex SDK “Hero”, Flash Builder “Burrito”, and Flash Catalyst “Panini”

Straight off the press! – you can now download the public preview releases of the next versions of the Flex SDK, Flash Builder, and Flash Catalyst on Adobe Labs.

 The Flexteam Blog post describes the releases in good detail. But, here’s a quick list of links to various learning resources to help you get started:

 Intro articles written by the product managers 

 Samples, tutorials, and videos  

 Updated product documentation

 In the next few posts, I’ll be deep-diving into the features and their associated documentation. Until then, download the preview releases of all three products from Adobe Labs and get started!

Survey on ColdFusion

The ColdFusion team has put together a survey that gives you an opportunity to provide your feedback on ColdFusion 9. The survey also lets you indicate you wish list for the next version of ColdFusion.

So, don’t wait any longer, just visit the URL below, and provide your feedback. The entire survey should take not more than a couple of minutes.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ColdFusionServer

Security update: Hotfixes available for ColdFusion

The title pretty much says it all. See the security bulletin for details. 

Feedback and Rating via Adobe Community Help Client

Earlier, when you wanted to add comments to a Help topic or rate it, you needed to go to Help on the web. With the Community Help Client (CHC), you can comment on, rate, and contribute to Help content and Adobe online resources like Developer Center articles – all from within the CHC.

To provide feedback and rating through the CHC, search for the Help topic or Adobe online resource that you want to comment on, and click Feedback & Rating in the bottom left-corner of the CHC. The Feedback & Rating tab opens to let you post your feedback.

You, of course, need a valid Adobe ID to provide any feedback and rating. If you do not have an Adobe ID as yet, you can get one in a couple of minutes by registering yourself at: https://www.adobe.com/membership

What I really like about providing feedback through the CHC is that you can categorize your feedback in the form of a tip, correction, or suggest a link to a relevant online resource. Once you post your feedback, the feedback appears with the relevant icon denoting the feedback type.

Also, don’t miss the Have a question? link – this link takes you right to the Adobe Forums (http://forums.adobe.com/index.jspa), where you can discuss your questions with other Adobe users.

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So, the next time you want to provide feedback on a Help topic, do try it out through the CHC!

Your feedback on ColdFusion Builder!

The ColdFusion Builder product team is running a survey to gather feedback on the newly-released ColdFusion Builder. The team is also using this survey to help gather ideas for the next version of ColdFusion Builder.

 

So, what are you’ll waiting for? Just click this link to take the survey. The survey should not take more than a few minutes of your time.

 

Thanks, in advance, for participating in this survey!

Adobe Community Help Client – don’t forget to use CTRL+F

The updated version of the Adobe Community Help Client (CHC) offers a basic yet very useful feature – the CTRL+F shortcut key to locate a word or phrase on a page displayed in the CHC.

Like CTRL+F would work in a web browser, in the CHC, too, you just need to press CTRL+F, type the word or phrase, and press ENTER. The CHC automatically searches and highlights the word or phrase that you are looking for.

 

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So, while you would use the many search refinements to reach to the right Help resource, don’t forget that CTRL+F works, too!

 

Adobe Community Help Client – New and Enhanced Search Refinements!

I’m very excited to blog about the updated version of the Adobe Community Help Client (CHC) that is now available for download. The enhancements in this version of the CHC are search-centric and provide very effective search refinements.

The CHC is an AIR application, so you get any new content updates and feature enhancements without reinstalling the CHC. When you open the CHC, you’ll be prompted to download an updated version of the AIR application that has these search refinements. 

We now have two broad search categories – Online Help and Local Help

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As the names suggest, these categories let you search across multiple online resources or within Help packages downloaded to your computer. Within each of these categories, you can further refine your search results to specific resources.

When you select online help, you can refine your search results by using these filter options:

 
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  • Adobe.com – Searches all Adobe online resources including Help pages, Developer Center articles, and knowledgebase articles.
     
  • AllA comprehensive search that includes all the resources available on adobe.com as well as the most relevant content contributed by experts from the Adobe community.

  • Adobe reference only – Searches all the online Adobe Help pages for the selected product. For example, if you select ColdFusion Builder as the product, you can search across ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder documentation available on the web.

  • You can also narrow your search down to specific Help resources for the product. For example, if you select ColdFusion Builder as the product, you can search across ColdFusion 9 documentation or within the Installing ColdFusion Builder or Using ColdFusion Builder documentation.


 

 
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Our research suggests that online Adobe Help resources are searched the most, so you have a handy Adobe reference only check box right at the top of the search tab. When you select this check box, the Local Help option is automatically disabled allowing you to search only across online Adobe Help resources.

When you are offline, you can use the Local Help option to search within the Help packages downloaded to your desktop.

Searching for information is now easier and faster than ever before! Do send in your feedback, and let us know how effective you find the new search refinements. 

 

ColdFusion Builder documentation online

Several people have been asking for links to the online ColdFusion documentation, so although the links are available in my Getting Started with ColdFusion Builder post, here are the links, again.

 

Installing Adobe ColdFusion Builder (HTML | PDF)

Using Adobe ColdFusion Builder (HTML | PDF)

 

Personally, it’s been a very fulfilling experience to write the documentation for a version one product. The Help pages are open for commenting, so bring on the feedback – I’m looking forward to it! :-)

Upgrading from Beta release of ColdFusion Builder

If you are upgrading from a Beta release of ColdFusion Builder, make sure that you uninstall the Beta software before installing the released product.

 

And if you are using ColdFusion Builder with a workspace from a Beta release, make sure that you clean and reinitialize the workspace before installing the release version of ColdFusion Builder.  

 

Complete details about installing ColdFusion Builder and cleaning and reinitializing the workspace is available in the Adobe ColdFusion Builder Installation Guide.

Getting started with ColdFusion Builder

If you are looking to download a trial version of ColdFusion Builder, look no further than: http://www.adobe.com/go/trycoldfusionbuilder

 

We have a host of resources available online to get you started with ColdFusion Builder.

 

 

  

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/ColdFusionBuilder/Using/index.html

 

 

 

 

So what are you all waiting for? Get started with ColdFusion Builder right away!