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Macromedia's "Zorn" Becomes Flex Builder 2

New Tiered Licensing Model: Will Be Sold for Less than $1000 Per Developer

Macromedia today announced Flex Builder 2, previously code-named "Zorn." Flex Builder 2 can incorporate rich media content from the recently released Macromedia Flash Professional 8 and will be sold for less than $1000 per developer, Macromedia says. That will give developers the ability to develop, compile, and deploy Flex applications that connect to XML and SOAP web services with no additional charges or server licensing required.

"Applications deployed by enterprises must increasingly meet divergent requirements across business-to-business and business-to-consumer scenarios, and must offer a rich user experience on the front end, while implementing, on the backend, a secure, maintainable connection to enterprise data and services," said Ray Valdes, analyst, Gartner. "Rich Internet application platforms based on mainstream IDEs that support connecting to enterprise services using service-oriented architectures can provide a good return on investment through enhanced agility, improved usability, and increased end-user productivity," he added.

As well as Flex Builder 2, Macromedia announced an entire Flex 2 product line, as well as and Macromedia Flash Player 8.5.

The major elements of the Flash Platform announced are as follows:

  • Flash Player 8.5 - the latest high-performance client runtime for rich Internet applications
  • Flex Framework 2 - the core programming model and component library for Flex
  • Flex Builder 2 – an all new Eclipse-based environment for developing rich Internet applications with the Flex Framework. Flex Builder 2, previously code-named Zorn, can incorporate rich media content from the recently released Macromedia Flash Professional 8, the leading authoring tool for creating rich interactive content.
  • Flex Enterprise Services 2 - essential data services, automated testing support, and an open adapter architecture for delivering data-intensive rich Internet applications and deeply integrating with enterprise service-oriented infrastructure
  • Flex Charting Components 2 - extensible components for advanced data visualization

"The Macromedia Flex 2 product line and Macromedia Flash Player 8.5 will enable millions of developers in organizations large and small to deliver cross-platform applications that will change the face of the Internet by bringing information to life," David Mendels, general manager, Macromedia.

Alpha versions of Flex Builder 2 and Flash Player 8.5 are expected to be available for download on October 17 in conjunction with the MAX 2005 developer conference. The alpha version of Flex Enterprise Services 2 will be available later in the development cycle. All of these products are expected to be commercially available in the first half of calendar 2006. For more information, developers can visit: http://www.macromedia.com/go/flex2intro.

 To sign up to be notified when the public alpha of Flex 2 is available for download, you can visit: http://www.macromedia.com/com/go/flex2notify.

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