ColdFusion Builder, Flash Builder 4, and Flex 4 released!

It’s been just a few minutes since ColdFusion Builder, Flash Builder 4, and Flex 4 hit the market.

 

ColdFusion Builder – The new and highly customizable Eclipse™-based IDE that enables developers to build ColdFusion applications faster than ever before. It also allows developers to save time by managing the entire ColdFusion development cycle from concept to production with one easy-to-use tool. The integration between ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder makes it fast and easy for ColdFusion developers to create Flex applications.

 

Flash Builder 4 – There are over 90 new features in this release, and you can use them with both Flex 3 and Flex 4 to gain big improvements in development time, integration and building more expressive apps.

 

Flex 4 – This release of Flex includes the new Spark skinning and component architecture enabling a new level of expressiveness in RIAs, in addition to supporting the new Flash Catalyst-to-Flash Builder workflow.

 

My next set of posts will be focusing on the ColdFusion Builder release and covering more details, so stay tuned!

The Future of Documentation

I think the future of documentation is in search.”

 

Adobe capitalizes on this trend by providing a one-stop shopping experience for user assistance. By including both Adobe and user-generated content in the search results and incorporating a broad range of media formats, Adobe Community Help presents users with more options and a better chance of finding the exact information they need.”

 

I couldn’t agree more!

 

For the complete article, read – “Interview with Peggy Harvey – The Future of Documentation: Adobe Community Help” by RJ Jacquez, Senior Product Evangelist at Adobe. 

Cumulative Hot Fix 1 for ColdFusion 9 released

The first cumulative hot fix for ColdFusion 9 is released. See the technote for details.

Celebrating 20 years of Photoshop!

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There are a number of exciting activities going on worldwide to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Photoshop. You can be a part of the celebrations:

 

  • Watch the live streaming of the 20th Aniversary celebrations from San Francisco.  The webcast starts at 7:30 pm Pacific Time (10:30 EST).

 

 

  • Watch the Special Layer Tennis Match, Photoshop 20th Edition live today – featuring two designers plus running commentary by John Nack. Click here for details.

 

 

Enjoy!

Photoshop turns 20!

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My all-time favorite software – Photoshop – celebrates its 20th anniversary today: 19th February. And to celebrate this mega event, we have a host of celebrations in line.

 

For a start, check out the film – “Startup Memories” now live on Adobe TV. Produced by Adobe TV and Adobe Content Strategy & Service teams, this 18-minute documentary has the 4 founders of Photoshop telling the story of how it all began 20 years ago.

 

Stay tuned to this space to know more about the celebrations and activities lined up for this momentous event!

 

Security Bulletin for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat have been published at:

 

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-07.html

 

Adobe Community Help Client – Dynamic Navigation

“Dynamic Navigation” or “In-Context Navigation” is one of my favorite features of the Adobe Community Help Client.

The Dynamic Navigation feature of the Community Help Client displays related topics based on the context of your search results.

For example, when you’re reading through a particular topic in the CFML Reference, you can quickly jump to related topics in the Developer Guide or on the web without doing a new search.

To check out this feature, follow these quick few steps.

  1. In the Community Help Client, select ColdFusion 9 as the product.

  2. Ensure that Community Help is selected as the search option.

  3. Enter the search term “cfmap”, and press Enter.
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  4.  Select the first search result pointing to the CFML Reference.

    You will see a Related Content tab appear at the bottom left corner of the CHC offering you links like these:
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Now try out dynamic navigation for other search terms: “cfspreadsheet”, “cfsearch 9″, “cfdocument”, “cfquery 9″, “cfpresentation 9″, “cfpdf 9″.

You can also try out this feature for a few ColdFusion Builder Help topics. Select “ColdFusion Builder” as the product, ensure that Community Help is the search option, and enter any of these search terms “debugging remote applications” or “code refactoring coldfusion builder”.

Couple of things to note:

  • Ensure that you select an Adobe Help topic for the related content to appear. Dynamic navigation is implemented only for ColdFusion 9 and ColdFusion Builder Help topics. So, when you look-up a Help page for ColdFusion 8 or an earlier ColdFusion release, related content will not display.

  • This is a work-in-progress feature, so you’ll not yet find related content for all Help topics. We are, however, working towards adding related content for many of the widely-searched Help topics.


We are keen on knowing your feedback. So, do let us know how dynamic navigation works for you!

Security Bulletin for ColdFusion

Just wanted to bring to your attention that an important security bulletin for ColdFusion 9 has been published at:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-04.html 

 

Solution is available for potential ColdFusion information disclosure issue.

Call-out to all ColdFusion developers using Flex

Adobe is conducting a brief survey to learn more about how customers get information about using Flex. If you are a ColdFusion developer who uses Flex, we’d be particularly interested in your feedback.

 

Please click the link below to take a brief survey on the following topic. If you took this survey in November, you are welcome to take it again!

 

Creating data-driven applications in Flash Builder 4


Thanks, in advance. And, as always, we appreciate and value your feedback!

 

Adobe Community Help Client Preferences

I’ve been doing a series of blog posts on the Adobe Community Help Client (CHC) since it’s been really one of the highlights of the ColdFusion Builder Beta 3 release.

In this post, I’ll focus on the Community Help Client preferences – something that I’ve figured that many people have not yet explored. The CHC provides you with many preferences to control how the Help content is displayed.

Within the CHC, select Edit > Preferences, and you can set the following preferences, as required.


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  • You can select a light or dark theme for the CHC. For example, when you apply a dark theme, the CHC has a dark background and theme-specific fonts.

  • The CHC is launched as an AIR application, by default. You can, however, choose to launch the CHC in your web browser by selecting Open Help In Browser.

  • You can specify your download preferences by selecting the products and Help packages that you want to have available for offline use. If the downloaded Help packages are up-to-date, the status shows as “current”.

  • CHC provides content updates and feature enhancements without reinstalling the AIR application. Select Notify Me When Updates Are Available to be prompted for new updates when you either open or close the CHC. You can also choose to manually search and install updates.


For more information on using the CHC configured with ColdFusion Builder, see ColdFusion Builder Help System in the ColdFusion Builder User Guide.