Archive for October, 2007
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 ?
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.
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:
- 2D Charts
- 3D Charts including bar/column, area, line and pie
- GANTT Charts also named spider charts
- Radar Charts
- Tree Map Charts
- Organization Charts
- Geographical Map Charts
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:
If 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…