Adobe Systems has launched a public beta testing period of its Adobe ColdFusion 8 software.

Developed by developers for developers, ColdFusion 8 is a powerful tool for creating dynamic websites and internet applications.

The ColdFusion 8 public beta is a feature complete preview, allowing developers to immediately experience the new solution. The public beta is available now from Adobe Labs.

The release offers features designed to boost developer productivity and enhance software developed in ColdFusion's integration with existing enterprise environments,

Adobe revealed that some customers have already begun testing the software. Sun Life Financial's ColdFusion developer, Brian Rinaldi, shared his first thoughts: “Features such as debugging and server monitoring accelerate routine development and maintenance - and can really make a difference when it comes to keeping service levels high and applications running smoothly.”

By leveraging Adobe Flex technology and Ajax-based components, ColdFusion 8 enables developers to design and deploy rich, engaging applications by integrating complex environments into intuitive interfaces.

The new development environment also features advanced Eclipse-based wizards and debugging systems designed to help developers build applications and identify and fix problems easier than in previous versions. New features designed to analyse bottlenecks and optimise servers also appear in the release.

ColdFusion applications offer suppirt for .NET, Windows Vista and new J2EE servers including JBoss.

David Mendels, senior vice president of Enterprise and Developer Solutions at Adobe. “This is the first release of ColdFusion under the Adobe brand, and now developers can seamlessly integrate their ColdFusion applications with other Adobe technologies such as Flex, Apollo, LiveCycle and even PDF to further the evolution of engagement over the web.”