Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 is an Eclipse™ based IDE for quickly developing, debugging, and packaging extensions that run inside the Creative Suite and Creative Cloud applications.
The Adobe Creative Suite SDK is a set of ActionScript libraries that make it possible to build Adobe Flash® technology–based extensions in CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC. Developers can include these libraries in their projects in order to create cross-application plug-ins that use the Flex framework and the Adobe AIR 2 API or later, and access the scripting Document Object Model (DOM) of Creative Suite and Creative Cloud applications through ActionScript objects.
The Creative Suite SDK is a set of ActionScript libraries. Adobe Extension Builder is an IDE that includes the Creative Suite SDK.
To use Adobe Extension Builder 2.1, you will need at least one Creative Suite 5, CS5.5, CS6 or CC application installed.
Note: Both trial and licensed versions of Adobe Extension Builder and the Creative Suite/Creative Cloud applications will work with Adobe Extension Builder 2.1.
Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 includes a number of new features. Here are the key ones:
Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 is currently available only in English.
No. Using Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 (or 1.0), you can create extensions that run inside either Creative Suite 5, CS5.5, CS6 or Creative Cloud. CS Extension Builder 1.5 lets you create extensions for CS5 and CS5.5.
Using Adobe Extension Builder, you can develop extensions using Flex SDK version 4.5. This is the version supported by Creative Cloud. Note that since Adobe Extension Builder is a Flash Builder plug-in, it supports the same Flex SDK version as Flash Builder. The limitation to 4.5 applies only to extensions developed for Creative Suite and Creative Cloud.
No. Extension Builder 2.1 needs Flash Builder 4.6 which is included.
The latest version of Adobe Extension Builder includes backward compatibility, so you can build extensions that run inside CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC. Hence, it is unnecessary to have multiple versions installed.
The standalone version of Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 comes without additional support. Read about Adobe support for developers.
Adobe Extension Builder 2.1 is available as a 60-day trial and as a month-to-month or yearly subscription. Both versions have the same feature set and are fully functional.
There are three ways to buy Adobe Extension Builder 2.1:
No, currently there is no specific pricing for education customers.
No, Adobe Extension Builder is not currently available as part of Adobe Buying Programs.
When you buy a subscription to use Adobe Extension Builder, the purchase is tied to your Adobe ID. Purchasing more than one subscription under the same Adobe ID will not provide you additional benefits, nor will it enable you to have multiple users access the software.
As long as you have a valid subscription, you will always be entitled to the latest version of Adobe Extension Builder. So, once a new version becomes available, you will be notified so that you can download it.
Since Adobe Extension Builder is offered on a subscription basis, there are no upgrade options available. As long as you are an active subscriber you have access to the latest version.
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