3 May 2011
One of the key productivity enhancements in Flash Builder 4.5 is support for packaging Flex and ActionScript applications for Google Android, as well support for packaging ActionScript applications for Apple iOS. An update to Flash Builder, scheduled for June 2011, will include built-in support for packaging both Flex and ActionScript applications for BlackBerry Tablet OS and provide additional options to package Flex applications for Apple iOS.
In the meantime, you can use Flash Builder 4.5 to package ActionScript applications for BlackBerry Tablet OS by installing a plug-in, available from RIM, into Flash Builder. This article details the steps you’ll need to follow to get your development environment setup to support BlackBerry Tablet OS.
BlackBerry Tablet OS currently supports applications packaged for use with AIR 2.5, whereas Flash Builder is configured to package for AIR 2.6. BlackBerry Tablet OS support for AIR 2.6 or later is expected by Summer 2011 – in the meantime a number of additional configuration steps are required in Flash Builder; these steps are detailed below.
The following instructions assume knowledge of working with ActionScript mobile projects in Flash Builder 4.5 – for more information about developing mobile applications using Flash Builder please see the product documentation.
After you create an ActionScript mobile project using Flash Builder 4.5, you must configure the following build and packaging settings before you can debug or run your application.
Your project is now set up correctly to be deployed to a device running BlackBerry Tablet OS.
AIR 2.6 or later is required to run Flex 4.5 SDK applications – as mentioned above, BlackBerry Tablet OS currently supports AIR 2.5.
Until AIR 2.6 or later is available for BlackBerry Tablet OS, there is an unsupported workaround that allows Flex 4.5 SDK applications to target AIR 2.5. Flex SDK engineer Jason San Jose has detailed the workaround on his blog – please note however that this is not an official workaround nor is it supported by Adobe at this time. Full support for Flex 4.5 applications will be provided in the update to Flex SDK and Flash Builder scheduled for June 2011 and when AIR 2.6 or later is available for BlackBerry Tablet OS (Summer 2011).
For more information, refer to the BlackBerry Tablet OS Application Development site.