Archive for October, 2007

Adobe Flex 2 for free for students and teachers !

Euro Sign SAN JOSE, Calif. — October 24, 2007

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it is offering Adobe® Flex™ Builder™ 2 software at no cost to students and faculty at educational institutions worldwide.

 Need I say more ?


Check out the article in the press room !

October 25, 2007 at 09:00 Leave a comment

Question: Is it possible to detect whether a website is using Flex ?

Flex Logo
For once a question rather than a news item…

At the Adobe Business Exchange 2007 meeting in La Hulpe – Brussels, I had an interesting chat about the penetration of Flex on the market. By the way, did you know that on average 100 Flex licenses are sold per month in Belgium alone ?

Fact is that there aren’t many figures available. The popular website statistics tools like Google Analytics, StatCounter, Reinvigorate etc… do detect whether visitors have a Flash player installed. I would be interested in the reverse: What websites are using Adobe’s Flex actively ?

As far as I know, there isn’t a way to detect / report on this. Now, I might be wrong, so please let me know if it *is* possible after all.



October 25, 2007 at 08:56 Leave a comment

iLog brews a fine Elixir for Flex…

When you’re in to enterprise RIA development, you quickly run into the area’s of advanced graphs.

 While the charting component of Flex offers already some nice features out of the box, but quickly you’ll realize that you need more. Here’s where iLog comes into the picture.

Their “Elixir” component library, designed for Flex 3 offers advanced capabilities for:

While the product is currently in it’s beta stage (as is Flex 3), it can already be downloaded. The price of the library would be in the range of 800 USD, which is acceptable.

Check out these links:

October 15, 2007 at 12:41 1 comment

Behold Adobe “Thermo”… And I thought Flex was cool !

Adobe Thermo logoIf you — like me — were amazed by the Flex tooling to create Rich Internet Applications, wait until you get your hands on Thermo !

Thermo is an upcoming Adobe product that makes it easy for designers to create rich Internet application UIs. It allows designers using familiar tools to visually create working applications that easily flow into production and development.

Thermo is targetting the designers. Typically, they don’t (need to) know any programming language, but are true wizards in Photoshop. One of the amazing features is the possibility to import a piece of Photoshop artwork and let Thermo convert it instantly into a Flex application !! As in Dreamweaver, you can switch to code view if you want…


October 5, 2007 at 14:23 Leave a comment

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