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Top New Features in Adobe Flash Builder 4.5

Adobe Flash Builder 4.5

Adobe Flash Builder CS5.5 enables you to develop rich interactive applications for desktops and for mobile platforms like Android, iOS, and RIM with Adobe AIR, Flash Professional, and Flash Builder.

Mobile application development for multiple mobile platforms—Build standalone applications targeted at one or more mobile platforms using new mobile support for ActionScript and Flex projects. Both Design and Code View now support mobile development, leveraging new mobile-ready components for optimal touchscreen user experience and on-device performance.

Preview, debug, and profile mobile applications—Test mobile applications on the desktop using a mobile AIR runtime emulator, or test on a locally connected mobile device using a one-click process to package, deploy, and launch.

Package and sign mobile applications—Deploy, package, and sign required resources as a platform-specific installer file for upload to a mobile application distribution site or store.

Code templates—Leverage best-practice code templates (aka snippets) for ActionScript, MXML, and CSS, now shipping with Flash Builder. Use the content assist functionality to review available templates and insert them into code. Create custom code templates and import or export templates for sharing within or across teams.

Metadata code completion—Take advantage of metadata code completion that enhances the existing content assist functionality, providing suggestions for both Flex Software Development Kit (SDK) and custom metadata tags. ActionScript proposal cycling allows grouped collections of templates, variables, functions, classes, and so forth to be easily viewed when using content assist.

Code generation—Use Quick Assist/Fix to easily access variable renaming, variable manipulation, generation of getter/setters, generation of event handlers, organization of imports, and much more. Use the override/implements feature to define methods from a superclass or interface.

Designer and developer project workflow—Work in parallel with designers using the new roundtrip workflow between Flash Catalyst CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5. Use the compatibility checker to help ensure that application code and project structure will allow a user interface to be created and edited using Flash Catalyst CS5.5.

Custom Spark component creation for designer skinning
—Rapidly prototype user interface elements and build component business logic by creating custom Spark component classes. Then skin components using Flash Catalyst to open the project and convert visual artwork to the required component parts.

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Developing AIR for Android using Flash CS5

Adobe Air and Android

Join the Online Flash Platform Meetup Group and the Hawaii Flash User Group for the next online session, February 22 nd, 2011. Please note that this session will be HAWAII TIME ZONE!


New to mobile development? Wondering how mobile applications are built? This presentation will walk you the entire development process of the AIR for Android application from design to deployment. Chris Griffith will show you how he designed and built the application using a variety of tools and techniques.


Chris Griffith is a Staff Engineer in the User Experience group at Qualcomm, Inc. He has over 15 years experience in developing a wide range of prototypes for a variety of clients. He currently works with the full spectrum of the Flash Platform from mobile devices to web/desktop.

He is also an Adobe Community Professional and is presently the co-manager of the San Diego Flash User Group and the Flash Catalyst Community Lead for Adobe Systems, Inc. He also has been involved with the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library project. Recently he has developed several iPhone applications and Android application. He also writes for peachpit.com and O’Reilly’s InsideRIA. When he is not coding, he is either spending time with his family or out kayaking.

This meeting will be hosted on-line as well.

The Connect URL is http://experts.adobeconnect.com/hawaiiflash/

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ColdFusion 9 and Flex 4 Pre-release Tour – Atlanta, GA

Continuing a long tradition of innovation, Adobe is pushing the boundaries of the Adobe Flash Platform with exciting new releases for Flash, Flex, and ColdFusion designers, developers, and administrators. Join us as Ben Forta, Adobe’s Director of Platform Evangelism, presents the future of ColdFusion, Flex, and more! On the ColdFusion side, Ben will talk about the upcoming releases of ColdFusion (currently known by the code name Centaur) and the highly anticipated first ColdFusion IDE from Adobe (currently known by the code name Bolt). You’ll learn about exciting new features and discover how Centaur and Bolt will accelerate your ColdFusion application development. On the Flex side, Ben will talk about the next release of Flex (currently known by the code name Gumbo). You’ll see product feature demos and learn how Gumbo breaks new ground for not only developers but also designers as it powers the design, development, and testing of rich Internet applications and content. And of course, Ben will explain and demonstrate the power of ColdFusion and the power of Adobe Flex working together!

If you have heard Ben present you already know how engaging and informative this presentation will be; if you haven’t ever had the pleasure of attending one of Ben’s presentations, trust us — you want to be there!

Who: Ben Forta
What: ColdFusion 9 and Flex 4 Pre-release Tour
When: Monday, June 8. 6:00 – 9:00PM

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Adobe Launches New AIR Marketplace

Adobe AIR Marketplace

Adobe AIR Marketplace

Adobe launched a new version of the AIR Marketplace this week with a number of enhancements that should make it easier to find AIR applications as well as make the process for submitting them much easier. There are quite a few new applications being added and they are still offering a free developer certificate so that you can sign the AIR apps you create. Some of the new features include the following:

The ability for a developer to specify a link to purchase the application. While the Marketplace does not enable e-commerce transactions directly, users can click on a link to purchase an application from the the developer’s website.

Enhanced feedback support where users can rate, review, comment and flag an application to provide feedback to the developer. In addition, users can share applications with colleagues and friends and also subscribe to RSS feeds from the Marketplace.

A new self-service web interface that allows developers to manage their profile and applications. Developers can also view download statistics, ratings and reviews through a new application dashboard.

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Adobe Announces Acrobat Version 9

Adobe Acrobat 9 is the first release of Acrobat since the acquisition of Macromedia. Right now there are 25 million licensed and the next version is expected to surpass 30 million. The new version has been developed to redefine the PDF experience to be much more engaging, deliver a fundamentally better way to share a wide rage of information in a cohesive manner, develop a new paradign for getting remote people on the same page, simplify forms authoring and workflows, and dramatically improve performance. All of this built upon the Adobe engagement platform.

The Adobe Acrobat 9 product family includes Acrobat standard, Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. Acrobat 9 Pro Extended includes Adobe Presenter for portable, rich-media presentations with support for video-to-Flash conversion. The new version of Acrobat blends nicely with embedded Flash content created with Flash and the Flex SDK. The Flash runtime is now built into the PDF reader so the swf content always works.

PDF Portfolios With Adobe Acrobat 9, you can create PDF/Flash rich presentations without knowledge of Flash or Flex. All you have to do is just choose to create a PDF portfolio and add the documents that you want to include. The built in Flex based layouts are drag-and-drop. Simply adding headers and footers with added images and text is a breeze. The interface in Acrobat is minimized in portfolio view and you have all of the tools you need to adjust images in color for branding. The portfolio publishing options allow you to send your combined files as an email attachment or publish your documents to a sharedlibrary at Acrobat.com.

Native Support for Adobe Flash PDF communicates with Flash and Flash communicates with PDF. Acrobat forms are now easily integrated with Flex built forms within the PDF document. Integration with Microsoft office includes Adobe presenter giving you the ability to insert Flash, import video, and add audio to your power point presentations. You can then integrate and upload to Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro to track viewing and learning. You may also export and publish as PDF from power point which builds a one page PDF with the embedded content. This PDF is easily used in a portable or offline scenario.

Integration with Acrobat.com hosted services New collaboration within the PDF document which allows open chat and and document share through Acrobat.com. Basic functionality of Acrobat Connect is included that allows up to three people to collaborate in an online meeting setting. A new compare panel works lock and step with multiple documents to hightlight sections that have been change or do not match as well as pixel by pixel comparisons between images.

Improved Forms Authoring and Workflow Acrobat forms development has been simplified with the ability to import other types of forms and convert them to PDF format. The real value is that now you can collect form information directly to a specific network drive, sharpoint server, or shared space on Acrobat.com. The new tracker feature gives you the ability to see who has received and responded to your form request. The form response feature shows the collected forms in a Flash based interface similar to the PDF portfolio windows. In this interface you have the ability to filter data, export information, and review all of your form submissions.

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