Adobe® Flex™ 3 Public Beta and Adobe® AIR™

The first public beta release of Flex™ 3 is now available on Adobe labs. This major functional release adds rich new UI capabilities, enhanced developer productivity, desktop deployment and enterprise testing and performance profiling tools. The Flex 3 public beta also marks the first major deliverable for the open source Flex project, beginning the availability of nightly builds, a public bug base and roadmap.

Beta 1 is an early preview of the Flex 3 release. The goal of the release is to give the community an opportunity to provide feedback on the feature design and to help identify bugs and missing capabilities. Not all of the planned features have been implemented, and you should expect to find significant bugs, so be sure to save and back up your work often.

Some of the new major features include:

  • Built-in support for the new Adobe Integrated Runtime (Apollo)
  • code re-factoring
  • memory and performance profilers
  • SWF file size reduction using a persistent framework cache in Flash Player
  • advanced datagrid
  • CS3 and Flex integration
  • web service introspection

Get the complete details and download the beta on Adobe Labs at: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flex.

The Adobe Integrated Runtime – AIR™ – code named Apollo – is now available on Adobe labs. Using AIR, developers can use their web skills and tools (Flex Builder) to builld desktop applications that fit seamlessly with web applications. AIR applications can contain an integrated HTML control for displaying web pages and interact with those pages using Flex controls and events. AIR applications also have the ability to use system resources, such as the local file system.

Get complete details on Adobe Labs at: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air

The AIR SDK is included with the Flex 3 Beta; all you need is the AIR player.