- Powerful coding tools
Develop using a powerful Eclipse™ based IDE that includes editors for MXML, the ActionScript® language, and CSS, as well as syntax coloring, statement completion, code collapse, interactive step-through debugging, and automatic generation of common code.
- Rich visual layout
Visually design and preview user interface layout, appearance, and behavior using a rich library of built-in components. Extend the built-in Flex framework components or create new ones as needed. Import functional application UI created using the Adobe Flash Catalyst™ interaction design tool.
- Data-centric development
Introspect Java™, PHP, Adobe ColdFusion®, REST, and SOAP services to display methods and properties in the new Data/Service Explorer. Bind methods to UI components using a simple drag-and-drop approach.
- Interactive data visualization
Create data dashboards and interactive data analysis by simply dragging and dropping a chart type and linking it to a data source using the Flex Charting library. Use the powerful Advanced Datagrid to enable users to explore complex data.
- Skinning and styling
Customize the appearance of an application using CSS and graphical property editors. Quickly set the most commonly used properties and preview the results in Design View. Browse available themes and apply them to your project using the new Theme Browser.
- Integration with Adobe Creative Suite design tools
Import design assets created using Adobe Flash Professional, Illustrator®, Photoshop®, or Fireworks® software, or import a complete application user interface created using Flash Catalyst. A new workflow between Flash Professional and Flash Builder facilitates importing and updating custom Flex components.
- Native support for Adobe AIR
Create applications for the Adobe AIR® runtime with Flash Builder 4, including all the tools required to build, debug, package, and sign AIR applications. Adobe AIR lets you quickly develop RIAs for the desktop using the same skills and codebase you use to build RIAs for the browser.
- Code refactoring
Quickly navigate through code or restructure it by renaming all references to a class, method, or variable. Flash Builder 4 adds move refactoring.
- Powerful testing tools enhanced (Premium edition only)
Accelerate application performance using memory and performance profilers that monitor and analyze memory consumption and CPU cycles. Support for automated functional testing tools such as HP QuickTest Professional is also available.
- Network Monitor (Premium edition only)
Generate a detailed audit trail of all data passed between the local Flex application and the back end, assisting with debugging and performance tuning.
- Advanced data services
Use open source BlazeDS to add binary, high-performance, HTTP-based data transport, or add the Adobe LiveCycle® Data Services ES2 module for real-time data push and pub/sub messaging.
- Command line build (Premium edition only)
Use the new command line build capability to automate your build process.
- Flex unit testing integration (Premium edition only)
Automate functional testing using the Flex unit testing framework.
- ASDoc support
Display comments in MXML and ActionScript editors using ASDoc.
- Mobile app development for multiple platforms
Build standalone Flex/ActionScript® applications for one or more mobile platforms (Android™, BlackBerry®, or iOS). Design and Code views support mobile development using mobile-ready components.
- Previewing and debugging of mobile applications
Test mobile applications on the desktop using a mobile Adobe AIR® runtime emulator, or test on locally connected mobile devices using a one-click process to package, deploy, and launch.
- Mobile application packaging and signing
Deploy, package, and sign required resources as platform-specific installer files for upload to a mobile application distribution site or store.
Mobile apps for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry Tablet OS
Benefit from new support for mobile application development and testing, enabling the use of a common codebase to build apps for Android™, iOS, and BlackBerry Tablet OS while sharing code from web applications.
- Metadata code completion
Benefit from metadata code completion that enhances existing content assist functionality by providing suggestions for both Adobe Flex® Software Development Kit (SDK) and custom metadata tags.
- Code generation
Use QuickAssist/Fix to rename and manipulate variables, generate getters/setters and event handlers, organize imports, and more. Use the override/implements feature to define methods from a superclass or interface.
- Customizable Flash Builder
Customize how Flash Builder generates MXML/ActionScript code using code templates, specify trigger keys for content assist and auto-complete suggestions, and specify Flash Player versions for launch/debug.
- Invalid reference live highlighting
See references to invalid variables, methods, classes, and interfaces as you are typing in the code editor, and then use the Quick Assist/Fix features to generate stub code.
- Code templates
Use over 100 new best-practice code templates (aka snippets) for ActionScript, MXML, and CSS. Review and insert templates using code assist. Create custom templates and import or export them for sharing within teams.
- More productivity, more power
Accelerate coding and testing of Flex and ActionScript projects using extensive new and improved tooling features.
- Bidirectional designer/developer workflow
Take advantage of new support in Flash Builder 4.5 and Flash Catalyst CS5.5 that enables designers to open, make changes to, and save Flex projects that were either created or previously edited in Flash Builder.
- Custom Spark components for designer skinning
Rapidly prototype user interface elements and build component business logic by creating custom Spark component classes. Then use Flash Catalyst to convert visual artwork and skin components.
- Roundtrip editing in Flash Catalyst
Use the new edit in Flash Catalyst feature to quickly make changes to component skins. Changes made in Flash Catalyst CS5.5 are automatically reflected in Flash Builder.
- Design View improvements
Speed up development with Design View enhancements such as rendering improvements for complex projects, auto-collapse of data-binding expressions, warnings for incompatible SWCs, visual feedback for drag/drop operations, and improved performance.
- Improved large-application performance
See up to a 65% reduction for refactoring operations on projects with a large number of dependent libraries, a significant reduction in memory used when profiling complex applications, and improved profiler responsiveness.
- Updated platform support
Take advantage of new platform support for Eclipse™ 3.6 (Helios) and the standard Eclipse for Java™ distribution; the Cocoa version of Eclipse on Mac OS X; and Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe AIR 2.5, and Flex SDK 4.5.
- New Spark components
Use powerful new Spark components in Flex SDK 4.5, including the new Spark Datagrid, Form, and Image controls for web/desktop applications.
- Rich expressive experiences
Create more intuitive, engaging applications to help people understand and use data to support key business activities, leading to increased levels of productivity and effectiveness.
- Integrated copy of Zend Studio 8
Create Flex/PHP projects using a wizard, introspect PHP classes, and debug using the integrated debugger. Develop, test, and debug faster, troubleshoot issues quickly, and improve team collaboration.
- Quick problem finding and resolution
- PHP developer collaboration
Improve collaboration between project members with the robust, team-oriented PHP development features in Zend Studio.
- New integrated PHP tooling support
Benefit from an optimized Flex/PHP development experience using the integrated copy of Zend Studio 8 software included in Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP.