Adobe Systems announced a new version of its Flash Builder and Flex technology for developers of smartphone and tablet applications.
The company's new Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 software enables developers to build applications for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as Android devices. Support for Android devices was released in April 2011. Developers now have a single platform for building mobile applications that can be distributed via the Android Market, Apple App Store and BlackBerry App World. Offered standalone or as part of Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Master Collection, Flash Builder 4.5 enables the creation of applications that work seamlessly across leading mobile device platforms, Adobe officials said.
Meanwhile, Flex 4.5 features productivity enhancements that allow developers to rapidly build applications for the desktop, Web and top mobile platforms. Using best practice code templates, code completion and code generation features in Flash Builder 4.5, developers can accelerate the creation of Flex and ActionScript applications and deploy them using Adobe AIR software, Adobe's runtime for standalone applications, said Rob Pinkerton, senior director of product marketing at Adobe, in an interview with eWEEK. This enables developers to reach more than 80 million Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBooks, iPads and iPhones in the marketplace today, Adobe said. By the end of the year more than 200 million mobile devices are expected to support AIR applications.
"The reaction from developers to the new mobile capabilities in Flash Builder 4.5 and the Flex 4.5 framework has been absolutely fantastic," said Ed Rowe, vice president of developer tooling at Adobe, in a statement. "They are amazed by how easy it is to create great mobile apps for Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad. Companies can now effectively reach their customers no matter what type of device they have."