Adobe Creative Suite Extension Builder 2 is an Eclipse™ based IDE for quickly developing, debugging, and packaging extensions that run inside the Creative Suite 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, and CS6. 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 applications through ActionScript objects.
The Creative Suite SDK is a set of ActionScript libraries. Creative Suite Extension Builder is an IDE that includes the Creative Suite SDK.
To use Creative Suite Extension Builder 2, you will need the following:
Note: Both trial and licensed versions of Flash Builder and the Creative Suite applications will work with Creative Suite Extension Builder 2.
Creative Suite Extension Builder 2 includes a number of new features. Here are the key ones:
Creative Suite Extension Builder 2 is currently available only in English.
No. Using Creative Suite Extension Builder 2 (or 1.0), you can create extensions that run inside either Creative Suite 5, CS5.5, or CS6. CS Extension Builder 1.5 lets you create extensions for CS5 and CS5.5.
Using Creative Suite Extension Builder, you can develop extensions using Flex SDK version 4.5. This is the version supported by Creative Suite 6. Note that since Creative Suite 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.
No. Creative Suite Extension Builder 2 needs Flash Builder 4.5 or later (standalone or Eclipse plug-in version) to function properly.
The latest version of Creative Suite Extension Builder includes backward compatibility, so you can build extensions that run inside CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. Hence, it is unnecessary to have multiple versions installed.
The standalone version of Creative Suite Extension Builder 2 comes without additional support. Read about Adobe support for developers.
Creative Suite Extension Builder 2 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 Creative Suite Extension Builder 2:
No, currently there is no specific pricing for education customers.
No, Creative Suite Extension Builder is not currently available as part of Adobe Volume Licensing.
When you buy a subscription to use Creative Suite 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 Creative Suite Extension Builder. So, once a new version becomes available, you will be notified so that you can download it.
Since Creative Suite 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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