Flex Release Notes

Flex Builder Release Notes

This document addresses issues not covered in the Macromedia Flex Builder documentation. This document may be updated as more information becomes available.

About Flex Builder

Flex Builder is the Macromedia IDE for Flex application development. Designers and developers can be more productive building Flex applications through tight integration between the IDE and the server. Developers can learn MXML and type code more quickly and accurately using Flex Builder’s code hinting feature. More visually-oriented programmers can use the drag-and-drop Design view to quickly lay out Flex interfaces and style them using CSS. The visual data binding support in Flex Builder helps you wire your application to web services and other data sources. Flex Builder also has an ActionScript debugger and a network traffic monitor to help you debug your Flex applications. However, Flex Builder is not a Java IDE; it does not help you build business logic or web services.

Flex Builder is based on Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. It includes all the standard Dreamweaver features so Flex developers can build and manage any ASP, JSP, PHP, ColdFusion, and HTML aspects of their Flex projects. The Dreamweaver features in Flex Builder work exactly as they do in Dreamweaver MX 2004 so only Flex users gain from using Flex Builder.

Known issues

Please be aware of the following issues when using the product.

Required Flex server version

Flex Builder requires Flex Updater 2 as the minimum Flex server version. After installing the Flex 1.0 server, you should install Flex 1.0 Updater 2. Updater 2 contains all of the updates included in Updater 1, plus additional updates.

Close all open applications before Installing Flex Builder

Flex Builder won't install if Dreamweaver or Flash is running on your system. Close all open applications and try again.

Running Flex Builder and Dreamweaver at the same time

You can run Flex Builder or Dreamweaver separately, but not both at the same time. Because Flex Builder has all the features in Dreamweaver MX 2004, you can use it for all your web design and development needs.

Flex Builder doesn't render skins in Design view

If you use skins in your project, Flex Builder will not render them in Design view. You can only view them at runtime.

Flex Builder doesn't render embedded fonts in Design view

If you use embedded fonts in your project, Flex Builder will not render them in Design view. You can only view them at runtime.

Installing an extension that checks for a version number

If you try to install an extension that explicitly checks for the version number, the extension may not install in Flex Builder. If it does install, not all of the extension's functionality may be available. The issue is that Flex Builder is a 1.0 product while Dreamweaver is a 7.0 product. For example, if the extension checks for Dreamweaver 4.01 or less, it considers Flex Builder as falling into that category even if the product is built on top of Dreamweaver 7.01.

Opening MXML files with undefined width/height properties

Opening an MXML application file may take a long time if the parent tag does not specify width and height values.

Memory problems

If you have memory problems, try closing some MXML documents open in Flex Builder. The tool uses multiple copies of the Flash Player for Design view and for previewing applications.

Debugging large Flex applications

On larger applications, the debugging session may take a long time to start.

Opening another browser window while restarting the debugger

Opening another browser window while the debugger restarts may cause Flex Builder to crash.

Debugger stops working

The ActionScript debugger in Flex Builder relies on the debug version of the Flash player. This version of the player is installed when you install Flex Builder, but in rare circumstances it may be overwritten if you install a new version of the player or if you install another Macromedia product such as Breeze. To reinstall the debug version of the player, see TechNote 19245 on the Flex Support Center.

Opening an HTML page that uses an MXML file as a frame source file

If you try to open an HTML frameset that uses a MXML file as a frame source file, Flex Builder may crash.

Using code hints to insert multiple local components

If you use code hints to insert two local packaged components in a row, and one of the packaged components has a root tag that is also an MXML component, Flex Builder reverses the order of the components when you switch to Design view. If you try to drag the top component in place in Design view, Flex Builder may crash.

Reporting a bug

Found a bug? Your first step should be to contact Macromedia Customer Support. They can help you resolve issues and they can also log bugs. If you're no longer eligible for support, please use the Macromedia Software Feature Request and Bug Report form.

Thanks for using Macromedia Flex Builder and for taking the time to send us your feedback!

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