Adobe Upgrades Flash Builder, Flex Tools for Advanced Mobile Development
Adobe tweaks its Flash Builder and Flex tools to advance mobile application development for Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS.Adobe Systems enhanced its support for mobile application development with the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 release featuring new Flash Builder and Flex Builder tooling. The new tooling software includes Flash Builder 4.5 for developing, testing and deploying mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms. Meanwhile, Flex 4.5, an open-source framework, includes new support for building mobile applications for Android, and support for BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms is expected in June 2011. This new approach in mobile development enables developers to leverage a single tool chain, programming language and code base to easily create highly expressive applications across leading mobile platforms, greatly improving performance while reducing development time and cost of delivery, Adobe officials said.
"With these releases, developers for the first time have a single development platform for building highly expressive Web, mobile, and desktop applications, marking a leap forward for mobile app development," said Ed Rowe, vice president of development tooling at Adobe, in a statement. "With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, enterprises now need to ensure that their applications work seamlessly across many different types of devices. Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 will now allow companies to standardize on a common platform capable of delivering rich and consistent application experiences that perform great across Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS devices."
"FlashBuilder 4.5 is also a mid-cycle kicker for the IDE which will include support for the major tablet and smartphone platforms on the market today, that is iOS and Android devices and tablets, and the BlackBerry Playbook OS. Add this to Dreamweaver's multi-screen preview capability and overall single-project handling for code; this has to be one of the richest tool stacks that target all these platforms, plus desktop, with a single language and development environment. Adobe has been executing steadily in mobile, and while the closed nature of mobile platforms has been a setback, I think Adobe has made substantial progress here. I will keep watching for webOS and Windows Phone 7 support with the AIR runtime."Recognizing the need for a better mobile experience, Standard Chartered used Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 to create a fully transactional banking application that offers an engaging consumer experience across desktop computers, tablets and smartphone devices. "For the tablet and smartphone-based app, we cut time to market by 40 percent and investment by two-thirds by leveraging Adobe tools and our existing code for the Web-based application," said Aman Narain, group head of remote banking at Standard Chartered, in a statement. "Building a native application for each of these devices would not have been financially feasible."