Apache Flex 4.11 Released!

The Apache Flex project, the all-volunteer group of developers, and stakeholders in the development framework, today announced the release of Apache Flex 4.11.0. This release makes some important improvements over previous versions of Apache Flex and Adobe Flex including new and improved components and performance enhancements.

What’s new in Apache Flex v4.11.0?

The Apache Flex 4.11.0 SDK allows application developers to build expressive web and mobile applications using MXML for layout and ActionScript 3, an ECMAScript based language for client-side scripting.

The Apache Flex 4.11.0 release contains many improvements that professional software development teams will appreciate. This advances the framework forward. It is truly one of the best cross-platform programming languages used to write applications that are testable and can be compiled to run on multiple technology platforms from a single set of code.

Apache Flex 4.11.0 highlights include:

    • Support Flash Player 11.9.
    • Support for AIR 3.9.
    • 120 and 640 dpi mobile resolution/skin support, fixes to 480dpi skins.
    • mx:AdvancedDataGrid and mx:DataGrid speed improvements.
    • Added column sort type access to the datagrid columns in mx:Datagrid, s:Datagrid, and mx:AdvancedDataGrid.
    • Able to easily change mx:AdvancedDataGrid row and column item renderer spanning.
    • s:DataGridEditor will now be visible in ASDocs and be visible in the Tag inspector.
    • Minor changes to make SDK compile with Falcon compiler.
    • Added access to imageDecodingPolicy in BitmapImage.
    • Changed UIComponent removedFromStageHandler from private to protected to allow override
    • New experimental mobile spark datagrid.
    • Updated OSMF swc to latest version (2.0)
    • Renamed experimental supportClazzes package to be supportClasses.
    • Mobile Callout moved to spark and can be used in Desktop and Browser apps.
    • Support for [Experimental] metadata tag.
    • Over 50 bugs/issues were closed with this release

Download Apache Flex 4.11.0

Adobe roadmap for the Flash runtimes

Say Hello to “Irving” and  “Jones” and Flash Player releases!

Flash Player and AIR “Irving” and “Jones”

Adobe is planning its next two releases for late 2013 and early 2014. These releases continue to focus on premium video, gaming, security, and stability.

Some of the features being worked on for these releases include the following:

  • OSX Mavericks support for desktop Flash Player and AIR
  • Significant reduction in iOS packaging times
  • ActionScript concurrency for mobile (beta)
  • iOS 7 support (depends upon Apple schedule)
  • Support for Windows 8.1 PlayTo
  • Support for Windows 8.1 tab suspension improvements
  • Support for Windows Internet Explorer 11 back navigation caching
  • XXHDPI icon support for AIR Android
  • pkg installer bundle for Mac OSX (vs .dmg)

Read more on Adobe’s site about the Flash Runtimes Roadmap – http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplatform/whitepapers/roadmap.html

 

Apache Flex 4.10 Released!

Today the Apache Flex Team has released the latest version to the Flex SDK, we are now at version 4.10.0!

Apache Flex 4.10.0 highlights include:

    • Support for latest versions of Flash Player and AIR runtimes. At the same time, we have made it easier for developers wanting to take advantage of the latest advances in the Flash runtimes by letting them choose the versions during installation. The Apache Flex SDK Installer now allows developers to select various combinations of the Flex SDK, Flash Player and AIR runtimes. All the settings and configurations are taken care of during the installation, so the developer can just start coding!
    • Improved support for older Flash Player versions. Enterprise environments have more stringent requirement in terms of upgrading Flash Player versions. Now, because of our improved backwards compatibility, those customers can safely upgrade to the latest version of the Flex SDK without having to force a Flash Player upgrade on their end users.
    • The new spark components ensure that SDK users can build functionalities quickly and in a more performant way. The need for handling these components in two different architecture styles (mx vs. spark) will be eliminated.
    • “Out of the box” support for Advanced Telemetry allowing developers to easily profile their application and improve performance using Adobe Scout.
    • Better localization for multiple languages. Flex 4.10.0 is better now when trying to make application for multiple countries and languages.
    • Better international support for dates in formatters, validators, and the DateField and DateChooser components.
    • Better for developer productivity – less Run Time Errors (RTEs) and workarounds required in 4.10.0
    • 480 dpi mobile resolution/skin support means that Flex SDK users can now target high resolution devices such as iOS Retina, etc.

swf versions

Flash -swf-version meaning

It’s getting more and more versions! We can’t remember them all, so here we go!

SWF Version

Compiler Option Flash Player Version AIR version
-swf-version=9 9.0.115.0 N/A
-swf-version=10 10.0, 10.1 1.5, 2.0
-swf-version=11 10.2 2.6
-swf-version=12 10.3 2.7
-swf-version=13 11.0 3
-swf-version=14 11.1 3.1
-swf-version=15 11.2 3.2
-swf-version=16 11.3 3.3
-swf-version=17 11.4 3.4
-swf-version=18 11.5 3.5
-swf-version=19 11.6 3.6
-swf-version=20 11.7 3.7
-swf-version=21 11.8 3.8

 

AIR SDK Path

  • MacOS : /Applications/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7/eclipse/plugins/com.adobe.flash.compiler_4.7.0.348297/AIRSDK

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