Adobe Releases Flash Platform Betas - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Cloud // Software as a Service
News
5/29/2009
05:17 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Adobe Releases Flash Platform Betas

The company is positioning Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework as its answer to Microsoft's Silverlight software.




Flash Builder 4 helps developers build rich Internet applications.
(click for image gallery)

Adobe Systems on Monday plans to release beta versions of new content-creation tools for its Flash Platform.

The new applications include Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework.

Flash Builder 4 helps developers build rich Internet applications. Flash Catalyst is a new RIA interface-creation tool aimed at designers rather than developers. And the Flex 4 framework is a collection of open source resources for building RIAs.

Adobe Flash Builder 4 previously was called Adobe Flex Builder, but the company changed the name to more clearly delineate the software applications it sells and its open source Flex framework.

Adobe is making public beta versions of the three applications available from the Adobe Labs site.

Adobe Flash Catalyst should be well received by Web designers. It allows them to add interactivity to static graphics, without relying on developers to generate user interface code. This in turn should free developers up to focus on coding back-end connectivity.

Adobe's long reign as the leading maker of tools for online rich media creation and the master of Flash technology is increasingly threatened by Microsoft, which has been promoting its competing Silverlight technology heavily. Microsoft is planning to introduce Silverlight 3 on July 10.

It also faces distrust from the open source Web development community, which has long resented the fact that Flash isn't an open source technology. Adobe has tried to address such concerns through the elimination of licensing and royalty fees associated with Flash and by contributing to open source projects like Tamarin. But some detractors remain suspicious of Adobe.

With the evolution of open standards like HTML 5, which includes new graphic capabilities, there may come a time when Flash isn't necessary. But given the ubiquity of Flash, that time appears to be far off.


InformationWeek Analytics has published an independent analysis on increasing application performance. Download the report here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
Gartner Forecast Sees 7.3% Shrinkage in IT Spending for 2020
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/15/2020
Slideshows
10 Ways AI Is Transforming Enterprise Software
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  7/13/2020
Commentary
IT Career Paths You May Not Have Considered
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/30/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll