Archive for July, 2007

ColdFusion 8 Now Available

We’re pleased to announce ColdFusion 8! Since May 2007, more than 14,000 developers have actively participated in the ColdFusion 8 public beta.

Thanks to everyone who participated to make this release the best it can be. You can read more about ColdFusion 8 from the Adobe Press Room.

Experience ColdFusion 8 for yourself on the Adobe ColdFusion Product Page.

For Flex developers, ColdFusion 8 is compatible with Flex 2.0.1 Hotfix 3

MAX 2007

MAX 2007 isn’t that far away! Have you registered? MAX is a great opportunity to meet fellow Adobe customers and to share ideas and get inspiration.

MAX 2007

Adobe Announces FrameMaker 8

Adobe has released FrameMaker 8!

FrameMaker 8 Home Page

I could put here all of the marketing info and excerpts from the site, but instead, I’ll tell you about my experience with FrameMaker.

Back in the late 1980s I was working for a start-up company that developed molecular modeling tools and scientific publication software. To document what we were doing we used FrameMaker. At the time, FrameMaker came from a company called Frame Technologies which Adobe later acquired. When I left that company I was using FrameMaker 2.1.

I remember this clearly because I thought then, and certainly do now, that FrameMaker was the best document-making software I had ever used. I love FrameMaker. It is so easy to use and so powerful that I never understood why any company would use Word. Word is hard to use, its user interface often doesn’t make sense. For example, how many times have you formatted something, then gone back to change it and it mysteriously reverts to a previous format?

Worse, what about all those documents created by folks who don’t use Word formats and just insert blank lines for new paragraphs and you have to go and clean it up? Or who invent their own formats and nothing in your company winds up following the same standards?

Do yourself a favor and try FrameMaker. Yes, I know I work for Adobe and “what did you expect him to say” crosses your mind. But trust me on this one, even if I didn’t work for Adobe, I would tell you how great FrameMaker is. Ask anyone I’ve worked with since 1990 and they’ll tell you I’ve mentioned at least once, usually when I had to use Word.

New Items on Flex Dev Center

We’ve posted new articles on the Flex Developer web site. The articles cover topic of interest to the .NET audience, the improved designer/developer workflow in Flex Component Kit for CS3, and the human factors aspects of designing applications.

An interoperability guide to using Flex and .NET data types

Map objects in ActionScript to their server-side counterparts in .NET, bridging client/server domains in your Flex RIAs.

Video interview: Flex Component Kit for Flash CS3

Flex SDK engineer Glenn Ruehle explains how the Flex Component Kit improves the workflow between Flex and Flash developers and designers.

BPEL4People overview

Learn more about the specifications and integrate human interactions with the Web Services Business Process Execution Language (WS-BPEL) 2.0.