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Adobe Launches Some Flash Platform Beta Releases

Aims For Increased Productivity Between Developers and Designers

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Today Adobe announced the launch of some new beta releases for the Adobe Flash Platform. These are Flash Builder 4 (formerly Flex Builder), Flash Catalyst and the open source Flex 4 framework SDK.

Adobe Flash Platform"People are now expecting the same richness and ease of use in their workplace applications that they have in their daily Web experiences, but companies today are faced with strained development resources and less time to create intuitive applications," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president of the Platform Business Unit at Adobe. "The new Adobe Flash Platform tools help solve this challenge by reducing time to market for generating compelling applications and content. Using Adobe Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst, developers and designers can now work together more productively to create rich experiences that employees, customers and partners expect."

SAP is one company that is certainly excited about the releases. "With the arrival of the ‘digital generation’ in the workplace, workers expect a new approach to the enterprise and want to consume business applications like they do with other tools on the Internet," says Herve Couturier, executive vice president, R&D NetWeaver and Business Objects, SAP.

"The adoption of the Adobe Flash Platform, particularly with the use of Adobe Flash Builder, has helped SAP create even better user interfaces and interactive content for our next-generation applications, like our new SAP BusinessObjects Explorer," he adds.

The releases definitely have some designers and developers excited. Here’s a sample of some enthusiasm on Twitter:

Flash Platform Tweet

Resources that those interested in the releases may want to consider checking out include:

- Beta videos
- What’s new in Flash Builder
- What’s new in the SDK

The releases are available for download at Adobe Labs. If you’ve downloaded any of them, share your thoughts on them in the comments below.

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