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Adobe® Flash® Builder™ 4 (formerly Adobe Flex® Builder™) software can help you accelerate development, build higher performing applications, and more easily integrate new projects with your existing infrastructure. This feature-packed release is a must-have upgrade for Flex developers, providing significant benefits for developing applications using both the Flex 3 framework and the new Flex 4 framework, including improved workflow for developers and designers through integration with the new Adobe Flash Catalyst™ interaction design tool. Learn more about all the new features included in Flash Builder 4.

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Enhanced feature
Feature Flex Builder 3 Flash Builder 4 Standard Flash Builder 4 Premium Flex 4 SDK
Data visualization
Advanced Datagrid Yes Yes Yes Yes
Datagrid Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charting components Yes Yes Yes Yes
Testing
Performance profiler Yes No Full No
Memory profiler Yes No Full No
Network Monitor No No Yes No
FlexUnit support No No Yes No
Support for automated functional testing Yes No Yes No
Interactive debugging Yes Full Full No
Design View
CSS skinning and styling Yes Full Full No
Advanced text handling, text layout framework No Yes Yes Yes
Improved animation engine — Adobe Pixel Bender® support No Yes Yes Yes
Designer/developer workflow
Skin asset importing into Flash Builder Yes Full Full No
Importing of interaction design from Flash Catalyst No Yes Yes No
Creation of custom Flash components No Yes Yes No
Roundtripping support with Adobe Flash Professional No Yes Yes No
Coding tools
MXML and ActionScript® editors Yes Full Full No
Refactoring Yes Full Full No
Faster compilation time Yes Full Full Full
Command line builds No No Yes No
ASDoc tool tips No Yes Yes No
Getter/setter and event handler code generation No Yes Yes No
Template support No Yes Yes No
State-based code view No Yes Yes No
Working with data
Service introspection wizards No Yes Yes No
Data/Services Explorer No Yes Yes No
Drag-and-drop data binding to UI components No Yes Yes No
Generation of sample server-side code No Yes Yes No
Paging support No Yes Yes No
Data management — change tracking, large data set handling No Yes Yes No
CRUD form generation No Yes Yes No
Framework
Spark skinning and component architecture No Yes Yes Yes
New states MXML language support No Yes Yes Yes
FXG support — graphics primitives support No Yes Yes Yes
Updated layout model, 2D rotations, 3D support No Full Full Full
ColdFusion Development
ColdFusion Builder software No No Yes No

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No Flex products Flash Builder 4 Standard Edition US$249
No Flex products Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$699
Only the free Flex SDK Flash Builder 4 Standard Edition US$249
Only the free Flex SDK Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$699
Flex Builder 2 Flash Builder 4 Standard Edition US$99
The free Flex 2 SDK and Flex Charting 2 Flash Builder 4 Standard Edition US$249
The free Flex 2 SDK and Flex Charting 2 Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$699
Flex Builder 3 Standard Flash Builder 4 Standard Edition US$99
Flex Builder 3 Standard Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$499
Flex Builder 3 Professional Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$299
Flash Builder 4 Standard Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$499
Flex Builder 3 for education Flash Builder 4 Premium for education US$349
ColdFusion Builder Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$499
Creative Suite 5 Web Premium Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$499
Creative Suite 5 Master Collection Flash Builder 4 Premium Edition US$499
*Upgrade pricing is available only for products listed above and requires a qualifying previous product with serial number. Upgrades for volume and education licensing are handled separately. Flash Builder 4 can be installed on either Mac OS X or Windows® using the same serial number.

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