Adobe Launches Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 with iPhone, iPad Support

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announce an updated version of their Flash Builder and Flex developer tools designed to craft applications for iPhone, and iPad.

Already supporting Google’s Android operating system since April 2011, Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 now enables developers to create full fledged iOS applications, as well as apps for BlackBerry PlayBook devices.

Flash Builder 4.5 is offered as a standalone download or as part of Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Master Collection. The tool enables the creation of applications that work seamlessly across iOS and Android devices.

"The reaction from developers to the new mobile capabilities in Flash Builder 4.5 and the Flex 4.5 framework has been absolutely fantastic," said Ed Rowe, vice president of developer tooling, Adobe.

"They are amazed by how easy it is to create great mobile apps for Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad. Companies can now effectively reach their customers no matter what type of device they have."

Adobe notes that its new Flash Builder allows devs to accelerate the creation of Flex and ActionScript apps and deploy them using Adobe AIR, the company’s runtime for standalone applications.

The effort centers around reaching roughly 80 million devices most of which include iPads and iPhones.

Adobe expects more than 200 million mobile devices to support AIR applications by year’s end.

Those looking to download Flash Builder 4.5, either the full solution of a trial version, can access the link below.

Download Adobe Flash Builder for Mac OS X

Flash Builder 4.5 Standard costs $249, whereas the Premium version (also available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Master Collection) goes for $699.

Flex 4.5 is available here.

The release accompanies the announcement of the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, which targets large enterprises looking to add mobile applications as a core part of their marketing strategy.

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