Archive for March, 2007

LiveCycle Data Services Beta

Check out
Adobe® LiveCycle Data Services 2.5 Beta on Adobe Labs. Here are just a few of the new features:

  • Server-side PDF Generation
  • AJAX Data Services
  • A new SQL Adaptor
  • JSP Tag Library

This is a beta test and your input is welcome and appreciated.


Hotfix 1 for Flex 2.0.1 SDK Released

We’ve just released a hotfix for Flex 2.0.1. Check out the list of things that are addressed by this hotfix and download it if you are affected by any of these items.

Hotfix 1 for Flex SDK 2.0.1

Apollo Public Alpha

Apollo is the ancient Greek mythological god of the sun, representing high and mighty goals.

Check out Adobe Apollo on Adobe Labs.

Apollo is our cross-operating system runtime merging Flash, HTML, JavaScript, PDF, and Flex into one awesome package.

If you’ve ever wanted to include HTML right in your Flex application, then check out Apollo and join the Alpha program; help us shape Apollo into the product you need it be.

Many people have said our Flex Alpha and Beta programs were the best they have experienced in the industry. We intend to keep that going with Apollo; only you can help us push the envelope on Apollo.

Enhance the User Experience with Effects

May be you haven’t tried any of the effects available in Flex or, if you have, found Fade, Wipse, Move, Zoom, etc. to be fine, but a little ho-hum.

You’ve probably discovered that you can add effects when components are hidden (hideEffect) or shown (showEffect) and may be you’ve even tried effects in Transitions. If you haven’t, experiment a little to see if you can make your Flex app have that little bit o’ something that makes the application easier and more enjoyable to use.

You can also enhance the effects by using easing functions. For example, with easing functions you make a child of a ViewStack bounce into position. The easing functions are pretty easy to use, just follow the examples in the documentation.

For some exta pow! check out the blogs from Alex Uhlmann and Ely Greenfield. There are some amazing effects you can use with Flex.