Adobe Flex Builder 2 to Support Apple Macintosh
Adobe is extending its toolset for designing and deploying a new class of rich Internet applications to the Apple Macintosh platform. The pre-release version of Adobe Flex Builder 2 for the Mac enables developers on the Macintosh platform to build next generation Web applications that combine the benefits of desktop software with the reach of the Web to create more engaging user experiences. With support for both Intel and PowerPC hardware, pre-release versions of Flex Builder 2 for the Mac and the Flex Builder 2 Eclipse Plug-in for the Mac are now publicly available at Adobe Labs.
Adobe also recently introduced the public beta of the Flash Player 9 for Linux, extending the reach of rich Flex applications to Linux desktops. The combination of the Flex 2 SDK and the Flash Player 9 for Linux comprises a fully supported, free rich Internet application development platform. With an update to the free Flex 2 SDK that includes the debug version of the Flash Player for Linux, Adobe will enable developers to develop, debug and deploy Flex software-based applications entirely on Linux. The Flex 2 SDK update is expected to be available in early January.
Since the launch of Adobe Flex 2, the product line has been enthusiastically embraced as a win for Web application developers, with over 100.000 developers downloading the technology. In addition, Flex 2 recently was awarded an Editor's Choice Award by Java Developers Journal.
Adobe Flex 2 software includes dozens of out-of-the-box components for UI, data, security, and more to help developers build applications faster. Now, the growing Flex developer community can build on this foundation by creating custom components and posting them on the Flex Component Exchange. Adobe also is working with leading commercial component developers to deliver components that will help further expand the Flex ecosystem.
The Flex 2 product line provides developers with a comprehensive, integrated set of tools and technology for fast, end-to-end development of rich and innovative web applications. With free versions of the Flex 2 SDK and Flex Data Services 2 Express, a single-CPU production license that provides powerful message-based data management services, developers have everything they need to build and deploy complete rich Internet applications with no software licensing costs. Flex Builder 2, a powerful Eclipse based integrated development environment (IDE), includes a library of built-in controls and services for application development and UI design. Flex Data Services 2 empowers developers to create data-intensive applications that improve application performance, real time data synchronization and collaboration capabilities.
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