Firstly, did you know about Adobe Labs - http://labs.adobe.com/ ?
This is the place to get pre-release software and the chance to test new products before they go into production. The list of technologies covered and available downloads are extensive. Here are a few highlights:
AAF Import for Adobe® Premiere® Pro preview
This set of modules allows you to import AAF sequences from Avid Media Composer into Adobe Premiere Pro.
Adobe PDF Test Toolkit preview 3
This set of tools enables enterprise customers to automate the testing of the Acrobat® family of products, particularly when used with Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP) software (formerly Adobe LiveCycle®) and SAP.
Adobe AIR® Technology Previews preview
This technology preview shows off new features that will help developers create rich out-of-browser experiences and applications across platforms.
Configurator 3.1 release candidate
This utility lets you easily create custom Photoshop® and InDesign® palettes that you can then export and share with others. It’s the perfect way for authors, trainers, and others to customize the user interface without learning Flash and ActionScript®.
Enterprise IT Tools for Creative Suite® preview
These in-house utilities, scripts, and tools may prove beneficial to IT professionals in the Enterprise community for simplifying Creative Suite deployment and update management.
Digital Editions 1.8 preview 4 v1.8.3
This update to the popular Digital Editions electronic book reader adds support for accessibility.
Adobe Edge Animate preview 7
Enterprise IT Tools for Adobe Acrobat and Reader® preview
This collection of tools facilitates deployment, configuration, and workflow management.
Adobe Exchange Panel preview
This panel, available within a variety of CS6 applications, offers access to a Creative Suite extension marketplace.
Proscenium preview 2
This ActionScript 3 code library is built on top of the Stage3D APIs for rapid development of interactive 3D content by leveraging GPU hardware acceleration for significant performance gains.
Shadow release 4
This tool streamlines the preview process, making it easier to customize websites for mobile devices.
SWF Investigator preview 2
This is the only comprehensive, cross-platform, GUI-based set of tools that enables quality engineers, developers, and security researchers to quickly analyze SWF files
There is also a thriving community with the chance to interact with the product groups and access community resources. Here is what is currently available:
Located in the Community tab for each technology and product you will find links to many community resources. By tracking this content, you can stay in touch and in turn make your technology evaluation and experimentation as rich an experience as possible.
Online forums are available for many technologies on Adobe Labs, helping to catalyze the discussions around the use and development of new technologies. The forums currently available include:
Adobe Labs Wiki
Within the Adobe Labs wiki we have many articles and resources to support Labs technologies and a collection of smaller technology releases to give you a sneak peak into what our engineers are working on. You can comment on and contribute to documentation, code samples, and other resources — all of which are provided to help you use the software and services available on this site.
Adobe Labs Update Feeds
By subscribing to the Adobe Labs RSS feed (available in RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom formats), you’ll always be up-to-date on new releases and updates. You can also review these changes directly at the Adobe Labs weblog. In addition, you can follow @AdobeLabs on Twitter to receive short timely updates as they happen.
We strongly recommend that you bookmark (or consume) the RSS feed for Adobe Feeds (formerly MXNA) — which is a fantastic resource for keeping up to date with the Adobe weblog community. If you have a weblog of your own that is focused on Adobe technology and products, you can submit it to Adobe Feeds and add your voice, too.
The Adobe Cookbooks application is a repository for community generated code samples for Flex, ActionScript, Flash and much more. Regardless of whether you are looking for a code snippet to assist you with a current development project or if you’re looking contribute a code snippet of your own, the Adobe Cookbooks is a great place to start.
But most importantly, the Adobe Labs community includes people like you — working with and collaborating around the latest technologies available from Adobe. We are looking forward to engaging you in the discussions that will help shape the future of Adobe products and technologies.
If you want to learn more about releases on Labs as well as other Adobe technologies, visiting a user group or connecting with an Adobe Community Professional is a great place to start. If you would like to help improve Adobe products, Adobe regularly conducts many types of research activities and is always looking for paid participants, at all levels of experience.