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Adobe Flash Builder 4

Welcome to the Adobe® Flash® Builder™ 4 (formerly Flex Builder) public beta release on Adobe Labs. The first thing that you’ve already noticed is that we are renaming Flex Builder to Flash Builder. This name change will create a clear distinction between the free open-source Flex framework and the commercial IDE. For more information on the name change, please read the FAQ.

Flash Builder 4 delivers a long list of new features, plus improvements to many existing features.There are three main themes to this release: developer productivity, designer-developer workflow, and data-centric application development. For an overview of the features included in this first public beta release, please read Tim Buntel’s What’s New in Flash Builder 4 article and watch the new feature videos. As always, the Flex 4 framework is included within Flash Builder, so please also read Matt Chotin’s What’s New in the Flex 4 SDK article.


Please use this opportunity to explore new features, see the new workflow between Flash Builder 4 and Adobe Flash Catalyst™ (previously codenamed "Thermo") and communicate your feedback. While we are excited about this near feature-complete release, please remember that this is beta software and there will be bugs, incomplete features, some performance issues and documentation issues, so we suggest that you only use it for testing and exploratory purposes.

Getting Started

Follow these steps to begin experiencing Flash Builder 4:

  1. Download the Flash Builder 4 beta
  2. Learn to use Flash Builder 4
  3. Read the release notes
  4. Install Flash Builder 4.

    You can install a separate copy of Flash Builder 4 standalone and it will remain separate from any Flex Builder 2 or 3 installations. Also, workspaces created in Flex Builder 2 or Flex Builder 3 are not supported by Flash Builder 4. Lastly, Flash Builder 4 can import existing Flex Builder projects, but a project that has its settings modified by Flash Builder 4 will no longer open in Flex Builder 3 or Flex Builder 2.

  5. Ask questions and share your feedback in the Gumbo forum

    Please note that your submission of comments, ideas, feature requests and techniques on this and other Adobe maintained forums, as well as Adobe's right to use such materials, is governed by the Terms of Use.

Community

Below you'll find references and links to help you participate in the Flex community.

Online Forum

Ask questions and discuss ideas with other Flash Builder 4 users in the Labs forums.

Please note that your submission of comments, ideas, feature requests and techniques on this and other Adobe maintained forums, as well as Adobe's right to use such materials, is governed by the Terms of Use.

Developer Center

Learn More About Building Flex Applications in the Developer Center

Find and Share Code Recipe Solutions in the Flex Cookbook

In support of the Adobe Labs beta release, the Flex Cookbook is now accepting Flex 4 beta recipes.

Resources

If you want to learn more about releases on Labs as well as other Adobe technologies, visiting a user group or connecting with an Adobe Community Expert is a great place to start.

Product Details


Documentation

Note: The Flex 4 framework works with Adobe AIR 1.5, which has not been updated for this release. For Adobe AIR documentation, see the Adobe AIR Help Resources page.

FAQ

What are the goals of the preview?
The Flash Builder 4 beta release is intended to enable you to explore the many new features in addition to the new workflow between Flash Builder 4 and Adobe Flash Catalyst (previously codenamed Thermo,) plus the new workflow between Flash Builder 4 and Flash Professional. Please provide feedback through the bugbase and through the beta forums.
Where can I find out more about the features in Flash Builder 4?
Tim Buntel’s What’s New in Flash Builder 4 article and Matt Chotin’s What’s New in the Flex 4 SDK beta article are both good resources. You should also check out the Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4 SDK tutorials.
Will Flash Builder 4 work with the Flex 3 SDK or the Flex 2 SDK?
You can use Flash Builder 4 with the existing Flex 3.0 SDK or higher. You cannot, however use Flash Builder 4 with the Flex 2 SDK.
When will the final version of Flash Builder 4 be available?
Adobe is not yet disclosing the final release date for Flash Builder 4, however we expect it to be before the end of 2009.
Can I work on my existing Flex 3 applications using the Flash Builder 4 preview release?
Yes, however please understand that there will be bugs in the beta release and we therefore suggest that you only use the beta for testing and evaluation purposes – not for development of production software.
What localized languages does Flash Builder 4 support?
The Flash Builder 4 Beta allows the selection of installation in English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Russian. We are still in the process of translating non-English versions, so some strings may appear in English. For this reason, we ask that you do not file linguistic bugs related to translation quality or missing translations at this time, however we do look forward to hearing about your experience running Flash Builder on localized OSs.
What is the Flash Builder 4 Premium edition?
When Flash Builder 4 is released for purchase, the current plan is to name the full-featured edition Flash Builder 4 Premium edition. This change is being made to reduce any risk of confusion between Adobe Flash Professional and Adobe Flash Builder.

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements for Flash Builder 4 are as follows:

Windows

  • Windows XP Pro SP2, SP3
  • Windows Vista - 32 bit

Macintosh

  • 10.5.6 (Leopard) Intel only, PPC not supported

Eclipse

  • Eclipse 3.4.2
  • Eclipse 3.5 Milestone builds not supported

Java

  • Windows - Sun 1.5 and 1.6. (32 bit), IBM 1.5 and 1.6 (32 bit)
  • OS X - Sun 1.5 (32 bit)

Memory

  • 1GB required, 2GB recommended

Data Centric Development Services

  • PHP
    • PHP 5.1.0
    • Zend Framework 1.8.0 (with patch, bundled with Flash Builder)
  • ColdFusion
    • ColdFusion 8
    • ColdFusion "Centaur" Beta
  • J2EE
    • BlazeDS 3.2.0
    • LCDS "Dune" Beta
  • Web Services
    • WSDL 1.1

Release Notes

This beta release of Flash Builder 4 is prerelease software and is designed for evaluation purposes only. The software contained within the installer is not yet complete; but, many additions to the product are fully implemented and ready for you to try and discuss.

See the complete Flash Builder 4 release notes

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