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Adobe Flex Visual Designer - Amethyst Professional Preview

First look at the Amethyst Designer
by Huw Collingbourne
Tuesday 27 January 2009.

From the very first day we started work on Amethyst, we always knew that our Professional edition had to be visual.

The Amethyst Designer: Watch The Movie

Flex is, in essence, a highly visual framework. In most cases, your finished applications will be rendered in Flash and will be able to take full advantage of the powerful graphics capabilities native to Flash. Naturally, then, any serious Flex IDE has to provide serious tools for visual development.

I’ve just recorded a short (4 minute) movie to show a few of the features of the Amethyst Designer - the visual design environment which will form a central part of Amethyst Professional. We plan to release two editions of Amethyst - a free ‘Personal Edition’ which will concentrate on editing, debugging and project management, and the commercial ‘Professional’ edition which will include a number of other tools including the Amethyst Designer. The Personal Edition is currently available in beta. We’ll release betas of the Professional edition a bit later on.

As you can see in the movie, the Amethyst Designer is fully integrated into Visual Studio to provide all the drag-and-drop, move, size, snap and align tools that you’d expect. I’ll record some more movies shortly to demonstrate a few more of its features such as its code/design round tripping and its integration with the Visual Studio Property and Events panes. For now, though, this preview movie should give you a pretty good idea of where we are heading...

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