Adobe today announced the public beta of its Adobe Flex 2.0 product line and Adobe Flash Player 8.5. Flex does not currently run on Mac OS X.

Developers can use the beta software to build next-generation web experiences.

Dave Wolf, vice president at Cynergy Systems said: "With Flex 2.0 and Flash Player 8.5, we can finally deliver the kinds of rich applications our clients demand without compromise. That's Web 2.0!"

Flexible development kit

Flex 2.0 offers an extensible application framework, intuitive programming model, standards-based data integration, and an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) for application development and UI design. With an extensive component library, advanced data integration, and support for standard back-end server infrastructures, Flex 2.0 enables developers to build virtually any type of rich internet application, from simple interactive sites, to rich data dashboards and portals, to data intensive enterprise applications.

 "Adobe is committed to delivering the tools and servers that application developers need to deliver engaging rich internet applications, from interactive product configurators to mission critical business applications," said David Mendels, senior vice president of Adobe's enterprise and developer business unit.

"The response to the public alpha release of the Flex 2.0 product line has been tremendous, and we can't wait to see what developers will do with the new capabilities found in this release."

Components in brief

The following components are part of the Flex beta program:

Flash Player 8.5;
Flex Framework 2.0 - the core programming model and component library for Flex;
Flex Builder 2.0 - an Eclipse-based IDE for developing rich internet applications with the Flex Framework;
Flex Enterprise Services 2.0 - essential data services and an open adapter architecture for delivering data-intensive rich internet applications;
Flex Charting Components 2.0 - extensible components for advanced data visualisation.

Beta versions of the full Adobe Flex 2.0 product line and Adobe Flash Player 8.5 are available now from Adobe Labs.

Flex 2.0 is expected to ship in the first half of 2006. The Flex Framework will be made available free of charge through the Flex Software Development Kit, while final pricing and licensing for the rest of the Flex 2.0 range will be announced when the products ship.