Adobe Adds iOS and PlayBook to Dev Tools

Adobe has updated its Flash Builder and Flex development applications to allow developers to build apps for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook. 

The updates, which bring both Flash Builder and Flex to version 4.5, add to functionality that was introduced in April that allows for the development of Android apps. The platform now enables developers to make apps that can be distributed on Android Market, the Apple App Store, and BlackBerry App World. 

Todays release accompanies the announcement of the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, which allows enterprises to build mobile marketing apps and in-house productivity apps for use on the workforces smartphones and tablets. 

“The reaction from developers to the new mobile capabilities in Flash Builder 4.5 and the Flex 4.5 framework has been absolutely fantastic,” says Ed Rowe, vice president of developer tooling at Adobe. “They are amazed by how easy it is to create great mobile apps for Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad. Companies can now effectively reach their customers no matter what type of device they have.”

Flash Builder 4.5 is available to trial at the Adobe website. The full software costs £413 plus VAT, plus the cost of Flash (£181.20 plus VAT). Flash Builder 4.5 Premium is also available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium and Master Collection. Flex 4.5 is available as a free open source framework.