Adobe today announced the launch of Adobe Labs.

The labs build on the success of Macromedia Labs to deliver next-generation products and technologies to Adobe's extended community of developers and customers. 

Originally introduced in October 2005 by Macromedia, Adobe Labs will offer developers and technology enthusiasts a way to experience, evaluate, and share feedback about new and emerging Adobe technologies before they go to market.

Earlier this week an update to Flash Pro 8 software was made available on Adobe Labs. Along with alpha versions of the Flex product line and Flash Player 8.5, the software roster available to test through Adobe Labs will grow as new products enter the development cycle.

Experience matters - feedback and community

Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect of Adobe said: "Adobe Labs fosters community involvement early in the product development cycle, enables access to emerging technologies and ultimately helps to build better products."

Additional material available through the Labs include toolkits, individual components and "interesting ideas from the Adobe engineering team", the company promised.

"Depending on user feedback and market opportunity, some of the technologies on Labs may result in new products or become part of existing ones, while others will continue to be hosted on Labs mainly as a resource to the broader community," it added.