Adobe pushing hard for mobile development kudos

Adobe has updated Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 in a move that the company hopes will encourage developers to use both technologies to build applications for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook.

After support for Android devices was released in April 2011, Adobe is now seeking to create the impression of a single platform with Flash Builder 4.5 for building what it calls “highly expressive” mobile applications that can be distributed via the Android Market, Apple App Store and BlackBerry App World.

“With consumers increasingly engaging with more content on smartphones and tablets, large enterprises are required to add mobile applications as a core part of their marketing strategy. Simultaneously, IT organisations are looking to build business process, CRM and other employee productivity applications to support the broad range of devices and platforms in use today,” said Ed Rowe, vice president of developer tooling, Adobe.

“Using Flash Builder and Flex, enterprises can now use one tool, one framework and one codebase to create high performance applications that run on desktops as well as on smartphones and tablets,” he added.

Flex 4.5 is also said to include developer productivity enhancements -- using best practice code templates, code completion and code generation features in Flash Builder 4.5, developers can accelerate the creation of Flex and ActionScript applications and deploy them using Adobe AIR software.

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