Adobe® Flash® Builder® 4.6 software is a professional-grade development tool for rapidly building expressive mobile, web, and desktop applications using Flex and the ActionScript® language. It includes support for intelligent coding, interactive step-though debugging, and visual design of user interface layout.
Flash Builder 4.6 adds new support for mobile application development and testing, enabling the use of a common codebase to build apps for Android™, iOS, and BlackBerry®, while sharing code from web applications. Additionally, significant tooling and performance improvements are included in Flash Builder 4.6 to accelerate development and testing while leading to higher quality applications. A majority of the features added in Flash Builder 4.6 will provide significant benefits to developers working with any version of the Flex 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.
Develop mobile and multiscreen applications:
Accelerate coding and testing of Flex and ActionScript projects:
Enjoy updated platform support and improved performance:
Yes, you can take advantage of the majority of the great new features in Flash Builder 4.6 when writing and maintaining applications that were built using Flex 3 or Flex 4. As you begin to use the Spark component model, you can continue to use the MX components from previous generations of the Flex framework. Using Flash Builder 4.6, you will have the option to build applications using the Flex 3, 4, 4.5, or 4.6 version of the framework.
Flash Builder: Flash Builder is an Eclipse based productivity tool for Flex and ActionScript application developers. Flash Builder helps developers build, test, and optimize applications faster through features like intelligentcoding, interactive step-through debugging, memory and performance profiling, and visual design of the user interface layout.
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.
Spark is a new Flex component model that provides complete separation between appearance and functionality, enabling them to be changed independently without affecting each other. This new skinning and component architecture builds on top of the existing MX architecture, providing a much more efficient mechanism for developers and designers to work together to control the appearance of their Flex applications. Spark currently includes about 40 components and primitives, forming the foundation of next-generation components. Spark also enables projects to be shared by designers and developers using Flash Builder.
Using the new mobile development workflows included in Flash Builder 4.6, you can build and deploy mobile Flex and ActionScript applications for Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, iPhone, and iPad.
Because each platform and device type has different capabilities, screen size, and resolution, modifications will be required to support individual platforms. Using a common code library, you can make the necessary changes to your code, enabling approximately 70% of your code to be reused across application platforms and devices. Flash Builder 4.6 helps you port your applications across platforms by providing a detailed understanding of each platform's capabilities.
Yes, developers can use the Flex framework to develop applications without buying a tool from Adobe; however, they will be most productive when using the Flex framework with Flash Builder as there are many productivity features that speed up development, testing, and troubleshooting.
We changed the name of Flex Builder to reflect the expanded role that it plays in developing mobile, web, and desktop applications for the Flash Platform. While Flex developers will use Flash Builder to build and test Flex applications, ActionScript developers will use Flash Builder to write, edit, and test ActionScript in the creation of interactive content and applications for mobile devices. The Flex framework is also expanding its role in the Flash Platform, now providing the underlying framework for Flash Builder. Using Flash Builder, developers can code in ActionScript as well as MXML, so this name change more accurately reflects the tool's language options.
At the same time, we have renamed our Professional Edition so it is now Flash Builder 4.6 Premium Edition. We made the change to Premium so people would not get confused between Flash Professional and Flash Builder Professional.
Adobe Flash Builder 4.6 Standard Edition: This is a professional-grade development tool designed to help software developers rapidly build cross-platform RIAs and content using the open source Flex framework. Access web services, REST APIs, and other data sources.
Adobe Flash Builder 4.6 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, and includes a free license for Adobe ColdFusion® Builder™ software.
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Standard Edition: The PHP Standard Edition includes all the great features from Flash Builder 4.6 Standard Edition plus an integrated copy of Zend Studio 8, a professional-grade PHP IDE, providing an optimized 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 4.6 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.
Flash Builder 4.6 Premium adds professional testing tools, including profilers, network monitoring, an automated testing framework, integration with Flex unit testing, and command-line build support, plus includes a license for ColdFusion Builder.
Powerful testing tools
Generate a detailed audit trail of all data passed between the local Flex application and the back end, assisting with debugging and performance tuning.
A new command-line build capability supports automated build processes.
ColdFusion Builder is an Eclipse based IDE for ColdFusion application developers. It provides deep integration with Flash Builder, enabling rapid development of expressive web applications using Flex and Adobe ColdFusion software.
Flash Builder 4.6
Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP
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 4.6?
Customers who have a valid Upgrade Plan or who own Platinum Maintenance will receive an FOC product.
Is Flash Builder still free for education?
Yes, Flash Builder 4.6 Standard Edition is still free for education. Education users who want Flash Builder 4.6 Premium Edition can now purchase it for US$299/€299/¥35000. Education customers who already have a free copy of Flex Builder 3 or Flash Builder 4 Standard for education can request a free copy of Flash Builder 4.6.
Where can I purchase Flash Builder 4.6?
Flash Builder 4.6 will be available for purchase online from the Adobe Store, directly from Adobe Sales, and through partners and resellers. Flash Builder 4.6 is also available for volume licensing from Adobe's TLP, CLP, and FLP price lists.
Is Flash Builder 4.6 available as a trial?
Yes, Adobe provides a 60-day trial period for Flash Builder 4.6 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 have the ability to extend the trial by contacting Adobe Customer Service.
Existing Flash Builder 4.5 customers will not be prompted to upgrade automatically. Flash Builder 4.5 customers can download the trial version of Flash Builder 4.6 and use the same serial number that they used for Flash Builder 4.5.
Flash Builder 4.6 Standard Edition is free for all eligible education customers. Students, faculty, and staff can get serial numbers to activate downloadable trial versions by registering on the registration site. During registration, you will be prompted to upload a copy of your student, faculty ID, or employee ID, or you can upload a letter on institutional letterhead proving your current affiliation with an educational institution. Once validated, you will be emailed a free educational serial number for Flash Builder 4.6 Standard. It may take up to two weeks after the request for you to receive the serial numbers.
One of the following documents must be uploaded during registration to prove eligibility:
A scanned copy of any of these documents should be uploaded on the Flex registration site. The scanned copy should be formatted as a GIF or PDF file.
If you are a faculty or staff member and you want to get Flash Builder Standard Edition for multiple machines in your lab, you can request up to 30 serial numbers in a single request on the registration site. If you need more than 30 serial numbers, you should submit multiple requests.
No, Flash Builder 4.6 Standard Edition for education is no longer available as a boxed copy.
No, Platinum Maintenance and Support or an Upgrade Plan is available only for purchase by customers who have purchased a full license of Flash Builder 4.6 Premium Edition. Education customers can purchase Flash Builder 4.6 Premium starting at US$299.
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 U.K. support page.
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.
ColdFusion Builder is an Eclipse based IDE for ColdFusion development that is deeply integrated with Flash Builder 4.6. It allows developers to manage their entire development cycle from concept to production all in one easy-to-use tool. While Flash Builder is focused on the development of the user interface of an application, it can be used with ColdFusion Builder to code the server-side logic and build an application from client to server with integrated workflow between the two tools. This integrated workflow is available using either the Standard or Premium edition of Flash Builder. Flash Builder 4.6 Premium Edition includes a free copy of ColdFusion Builder. If you purchase ColdFusion Builder separately, it will include a free copy of Flash Builder Standard Edition.
The Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP) is an enterprise-scale composite content application platform for building customer experience management applications. Flash Builder 4.6 Premium ships with ADEP and is tightly integrated as the main client-side tool for application development. A number of Flash Builder plug-ins are provided to accelerate: development of composite applications; integration with the ADEP content repository and integration to other data sources such as databases. In addition, visual model-driven development plug-ins are provided to generate client and server-side application code, enabling rapid creation of applications which access and synchronization with back-end data systems. These tools are accessible directly from Flash Builder 4.6 as an embedded update site.
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 to rapidly build cross-platform applications using the Flex framework, and is also used by interactive content developers to create interactive content using ActionScript.
Flash Builder 4.6 ships with full support for AIR.
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