General information

 

What is Flash Builder 4.7?
 
Adobe® Flash® Builder® 4.7 software is a professional-grade development tool for quickly creating games and applications for the web and mobile devices using ActionScript® and the open source Flex framework. It includes support for intelligent coding, interactive step-though debugging and multiplatform publishing workflows.
 
What's new in Flash Builder 4.6?
 
framework, including Flex 3, Flex 4 and Flex 4.6. Upgrading to Flash Builder 4.6 does not mean you need to upgrade to Flex 4.6.
 
Also available is a new release of the open source Flex framework. Flex 4.6 adds the ability to build mobile applications using the Flex framework. Developers can now use the same Flex framework to build applications for web, mobile and desktop, sharing common code across platforms and devices. This provides a significant time savings in cross-platform, cross-device applicationdevelopment. Also included in Flex 4.6 are new Spark components including Spark Datagrid, Form and Image components, plus runtime shared library (RSL) and compiler performance improvements.
 
What are the new features in Flash Builder 4.7?
 
● Develop native-performance games using GPU graphics and multi-threading. Flash Builder 4.7 includes the latest tools and capabilities to develop games in ActionScript, including support for Stage3D-based 2D and 3D graphics frameworks like Starling and Away3D.
● New ActionScript Worker wizards make using multi-threading easy in your apps and the Flash Builder debugger has been updated to handle ActionScript workers.
● Built-in support for enabling the use of Adobe Scout with your projects makes performance profiling a snap.
● New project support for ActionScript Libraries.Flash Builder 4.7 includes the latest version of the ActionScript Compiler (ASC 2.0), ensuring that your projects are compiled with the best, cutting-edge optimisations.
● Enjoy updated platform support and improved performance. Benefit from new support for Eclipse™ 3.7 and for the standard Eclipse for Java™ distribution; the Cocoa version of Eclipse on Mac OS X; Flash Player 11.4; Adobe AIR 3.4; and the Apache Flex SDK 4.8.
 
Will Flash Builder 4.7 work with existing Flex 3 or Flex 4 applications?Can I use the new features in Flash Builder 4.7 with earlier versions of Flex?
 
Yes, you can take advantage of a majority of the great new features in Flash Builder 4.7 when writing and maintaining applications that were built using Flex 3 or Flex 4. Using Flash Builder 4.7, you will have the option to build applications using Adobe Flex 3, 4, 4.5 or 4.6 versions of the framework, as well as the ability to use Apache Flex SDKs starting with 4.8.
 
What is the difference between Flash Builder, Flash Professional and Flex?
 
Flash Builder:
Flash Builder 4.7 software is a professional-grade development tool for quickly creating games and applications for the web and mobile devices using ActionScript and the open source Flex framework. It includes support for intelligent coding, interactive step-though debugging and multiplatform publishing workflows.
 
Flash Professional:
Flash Professional is a timeline-based productivity tool for creating animated SWF and FLV content, used by creative professionals to add interactivity to websites. Flash Professional contains an ActionScripteditor for basic ActionScript editing; however, for advanced ActionScript editing, most ActionScript developers use Flash Builder. Custom Flex componentscan be created using Flash Professional and imported into Flash Builder.
 
Flex framework:
Flex is the underlying open source framework used to createapplications. The Flex framework provides the declarative languages,application services, components and data connectivity developers need torapidly build expressive mobile, web and desktop applications. You can extendand enhance Flex to suit your own needs and you can contribute to the evolutionof Flex through the Open Source Flex SDK project. Flex applications can bebuilt using only the Flex framework; however, most developers use Flash Builderto accelerate development of apps.
 
Does Flash Builder 4.7 include a copy of the Apache Flex 4.8 SDK?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 supports the use of the Apache Flex 4.8 SDK, but does not include a copy of the SDK itself. The Apache Flex SDK can be acquired from the Apache Flex website.
 
Which mobile platforms are supported in Flash Builder 4.7?
 
Using the new mobile development workflows included in Flash Builder 4.7, you can build and deploy mobile Flex and ActionScript applications for iOS, Android and Blackberry® Tablet OS devices.
 
Does Flash Builder 4.7 include the visual design components for Flex applications that were included in Flash Builder 4.6?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 does not support the visual design capabilities that were available in Flash Builder 4.6. If you require Flex visual design capabilities, Flash Builder 4.6 is still available for purchase from the Adobe Business Store.
 
Can Flash Builder 4.7 be installed on the same machine as Flash Builder 4.6?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 fully supports side-by-side installation with Flash Builder 4.6. Installing Flash Builder 4.7 will not affect an existing installation of Flash Builder 4.6.
 

Purchasing options

 
What are the editions of Flash Builder 4.7?
 
Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 Standard EditionFlash Builder 4.7 is a professional-grade development tool for quickly creating games and applications for the web and mobile devices using ActionScript and the open source Flex framework. It includes support for intelligent coding, interactive step-though debugging and multiplatform publishing workflows.
 
Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 Premium Edition: This edition has all the great features that Standard offers plus professional testing tools, including profilers, network monitoring, unit testing support and command-line build support.
 
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Standard Edition: The PHP Standard Edition includes all the great features from Flash Builder 4.5 Standard Edition plus an integrated copy of Zend Studio 8, a professional-grade PHP IDE, providing an optimised Flex/PHP development experience.
 
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Premium Edition: The PHP Premium Edition includes all the great features from Flash Builder 4.5 Premium Edition plus an integrated copy of Zend Studio 8, along with professional testing tools, including profilers, network monitoring, unit testing support and command-line build.
 
Why use Flash Builder Premium Edition over Flash Builder Standard Edition?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 Premium adds professional testing tools, including profilers, network monitoring, an automated testing framework, integration with Flex unit testing and command-line build support.
 
How much does Flash Builder cost?
 
Flash Builder 4.7
 
● Flash Builder 4.7 Standard Edition: US$249; €199; ¥30000.
 Flash Builder 4.7 Premium Edition: US$699; €549; ¥85000.
 
Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP
 
● Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Standard Edition: US$399/US$299 full/upgrade; €319/€239; ¥50000/¥40000.
● Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Premium Edition: US$799/US$599 full/upgrade; €5629/€479; ¥100000/¥75000.
● Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Premium Edition for education: US$399 for full units; €219; ¥50000.
 
Flex 4.6
 
The Flex 4.6 framework is a free, open source framework of components. The framework is included when you buy Flash Builder or you can download it for free from Adobe.com.
 
Who is eligible for Free-of-Charge (FOC) units of Flash Builder 4.7?
Customers who have a valid Upgrade Plan or who own Platinum Maintenance will receive an FOC product.
 
Where can I purchase Flash Builder 4.7?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 will be available for purchase online from the Adobe Store, directly from Adobe Sales and through partners and resellers. Flash Builder 4.7 is also available for volume licensing from Adobe's TLP, CLP and FLP price lists.
 
Is Flash Builder 4.7 available as a trial?
 
Yes, Adobe provides a 60-day trial for Flash Builder 4.7 during which the Premium Edition features are available for free. After 60 days from installation, the product will stop working. In special cases, people will be able to extend the trial by contacting Adobe Customer Service.
 
What support and upgrade options are available for Flash Builder 4.7?
 
Gold support is available through licensing and FLP, providing 24 x 7 support.Platinum support includes both 24 x 7 support and an Upgrade Plan.Upgrade Plan and Platinum support are available through all channels.
 

Licensing and support

Can customers still purchase a boxed copy of Flash Builder 4.7 Standard or Premium?
 
No, Flash Builder 4.7 is not being offered in a boxed format.
 
Is maintenance included with the free Flash Builder 4.7 Standard licence?
 
No, Platinum Maintenance and Support or an Upgrade Plan is available only for purchase by customers who have purchased a full licence of Flash Builder 4.7 Premium Edition.
 
Is support included with my free Flash Builder 4.7 Standard licence?
 
Complimentary installation support is available. Developer or Technical Support plans for issues beyond installation support are available for purchase. Additional information is available on the North America support or UK support page.
 
What support options are available for purchase If I am not eligible to purchase or renew Platinum M&S or do not want maintenance?
 
Flex installation support is available for free. For technical support beyond installation issues, both developer and technical support are available for purchase. These plans include single-incident and annual unlimited-incident support. Additional information is available on the North America support or UK support page.
 
If I have purchased Flash Builder with Platinum maintenance and support, am I eligible to renew my support plan to continue to receive M&S benefits?
 
Yes. Your renewal terms allow you to continue to renew Platinum maintenance and support based on your initial purchase. Platinum support is not sold separately.
 
Can I still purchase Flash Builder 4.6?
 
Yes, Flash Builder 4.6 is available for purchase from the Adobe Business Store.
Is maintenance included with the free Flash Builder 4.7 Standard licence?
Is maintenance included with the free Flash Builder 4.7 Standard licence?
Is maintenance included with the free Flash Builder 4.7 Standard licence?
 

Flash Builder and other Adobe products

 
Does Flash Builder 4.7 support Adobe Scout?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 has built-in support for enabling the use of Adobe Scout when packaging apps and browser content.
 
Does Flash Builder 4.7 include Adobe Scout?
 
Adobe Scout is not included with Flash Builder 4.7, but can be acquired as part of the Adobe Game Development offering.
 
Does Flash Builder 4.7 support Stage3D?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 supports the development of ActionScript content using the Stage3D graphics APIs, including content using frameworks build on Stage3D such as Starling and Away3D.
 
What is the difference between Flash Builder and Flash Professional?
 
Flash Professional is an authoring tool for designers and developers who want to create immersive experiences and video content across the multiscreen environment. It is used by software developers, but not as a core development tool.
 
Flash Builder is a development tool used by software developers and by interactive content developers to create interactive content using ActionScript and the open source Flex framework.
 
Does Flash Builder 4.7 support Adobe AIR?
 
Flash Builder 4.7 ships with full support for the Adobe AIR runtime.
 

Getting started

 
How can game developers get started with Flash?
 
Adobe provides information on game development with Flash at Adobe Gaming, including showcase games, example code, access to related frameworks and tools and information on Adobe-sponsored events.
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