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The Hits Keep Coming – Adobe Flash Professional 9 ActionScript 3.0 Preview "Blaze" Drops on labs.adobe.com

This is big news day on all fronts for Adobe, Flex 2, Flash Player 9 all released, new Developer Center content, Flex.org launched, the Flex Derby Winners announced, ColdFusion 7.0.2 released, and now to top it all off and extra bonus: “The Adobe Flash Professional 9 ActionScript 3.0 Preview [1] (“AS3 Preview” for short) is a preview of the next release of the Flash authoring tool. Formerly known as “Blaze”. It extends the capabilities of Flash Professional 8 and includes a small subset of the features that will be shipped with Flash 9, which is scheduled for release in 2007.” Read more about it and download it after reading Jen and Peter deHanns article about AS3.0 and the Flash 9 preview [2].

Adobes servers are really going to get quite a workout this week. Judging by the speeds at which I was able to download the files tonight from Adobe tonight (over 320k a seconds sustained download speed for each of two simultaneous downloads, Mac and PC versions of the AS3 preview), Adobe is really pushing out the bytes over their pipes for al the latest goodies. I’d hate to see their bandwidth usage bill this month – yikes!

After you get the preview, make sure to check out Emmy Huang’s article about Flash Player 9 [3] in the Developer Center for Flash. So much new content and things to play with – its as though Christmas has come early. Almost forgot, Cairngorm [4] for Flex development has hit labs.adobe.com as well. What is Cairngorm you ask? Well to quote the source, “The Cairngorm Microarchitecture is a lightweight yet prescriptive framework for rich Internet application (RIA) development. Cairngorm is an implementation of design patterns that the consultants at Adobe Consulting have successfully taken from enterprise software development (with technologies including J2EE and .NET) and applied rich Internet application development using Adobe Flex.” So there you have it.