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Amethyst 2 Launches - visual Flash and Flex

Plus many new tools!
by SapphireSteel Software
Tuesday 21 May 2013.

SapphireSteel Software has today released Amethyst 2 Ultimate, the only truly ‘visual’ IDE for Flex, Flash and ActionScript developers.

Visually design Flash, Flex and AIR applications using the Amethyst Designer. The new ’Flash Forms’ (Flash without Flex) Designer is shown above.

When Adobe removed the visual designer from Flash Builder 4.7, Flex developers who needed a visual design tool were left stranded. Whereas Flash Builder has removed its Flex visual Designer, Amethyst 2 has actually extended its visual design support. It now not only has a drag-and-drop Designer for Flex; it also has a ‘pure Flash’ Designer to support form-based design (with similar capabilities to Windows Forms in C#) for Flash applications that don’t use Flex.

Amethyst 2 Ultimate – also includes numerous other innovative tools for ActionScript and Flash developers. These include:

- a unique ‘bubble-based’ debugger that lets developers step through code in the form of linked call-graphs with each called function shown in a separate popup ‘bubble’
- a Graphical profiler that analyses the efficiency of a running program and displays a memory map.
- the Developer Scratchpad – a docked panel to store code snippets or even selected methods in popup ‘bubbles’
- SWF obfuscator – no need to buy a separate tool to protect your code; Amethyst has one built in.

Amethyst 2 Ultimate includes a revolutionary ’bubble-based’ debugger (above) which allows you to step through a linked network of debug bubbles as you trace function calls while debugging.

Amethyst 2 Ultimate builds upon the existing features of Amethyst 1. It has the most extensive editing and debugging features available for Flash and Flex developers. The multi-window editor has code collapsing, extensive refactoring, 76 code colour options and fast IntelliSense. It can be used to design, debug and deploy applications for the web, the desktop or mobile devices.

For more information see the Amethyst 2 Product Page and the Amethyst 2 Feature List.

Pricing and Availability

Amethyst 2 Ultimate sells for $299 USD. A free 30-day Trial is available. At the end of the Trial period, the software degrades to Amethyst Personal (a free, limited feature version of the software) unless a licence is purchased. Registered users of Amethyst 1 Professional may upgrade for $99.

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