Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Adobe launches Flex and Flash Builder software for cross-platform mobile apps

Computerworld - Adobe today announced software to develop, test and deploy mobile applications on devices running Android, BlackBerry and Apple's iOS.

Developers have been able to use Adobe products for more than seven years to build applications in desktop browsers and can soon use the new tools to apply their skills to various mobile platforms, Dave Gruber, group product marketing manager for Adobe, said in an interview.

"You'll leverage Adobe Air again, except across iOS, Android and BlackBerry," he said. "It's one tool and one framework and one code base."

Adobe's approach makes it possible to create common code that varies only in minor ways across the various mobile platforms; developers don't have to create totally different apps for Android and iOS, he noted.

Adobe's Flash runtime tool called Air 2.6 will use the new Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, both available in May. Pricing for Flash Builder Standard starts at $249 per developer seat, while Flex 4.5 is free open-source software. An update to Flex 4.5 to support the Blackberry Tablet OS and iOS will be available in June.


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