Adobe has updated its tools for creating web-based applications with the release of Flash Builder 4, the latest incarnation of its developer tool for Flex applications, along with Cold Fusion Builder, a new environment for building ColdFusion applications
Available as a beta since last year, Flash Builder 4 is effectively the latest version of Flex Builder, the firm's Eclipse-based development tool for creating cross-platform applications with its ActionScript programming language and Flash technology.
According to Adobe, Flash Builder 4 provides improved coding and testing capabilities, plus a framework that allows graphic designers and developers to work together more effectively using integrated workflows in Adobe Creative Suite.
The release comes with availability of the new Flex 4 framework itself, which includes a new component architecture that completely separates the appearance and functionality of applications, Adobe said, enabling each to be changed independently without affecting the other.
Adobe also announced a new Flash platform service called Social, designed to let developers integrate applications created in Flash Builder with multiple social networks through a single application programming interface.
Meanwhile, the new Eclipse-based ColdFusion Builder is also integrated with Flash Builder 4 for fast and easy development of rich internet applications based on ColdFusion 9, Adobe said.
"Companies are under extraordinary pressure to keep their competitive edge. The Flash Platform helps deploy business-critical applications to a wide audience, while ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder truly accelerate the development process," said David Wadhwani, vice president of Adobe's Platform Business Unit.
Prices for the new tools are £139 for Adobe Flash Builder 4 Standard, £397 for Flash Builder 4 Premium and £171 for ColdFusion Builder.
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