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Flash Visual Studio IDE, Amethyst 1.5 Preview Released

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by Huw Collingbourne
Monday 2 May 2011.

SapphireSteel Software today released the first public preview of Amethyst 1.5, its visual development environment for the Adobe Flash Platform.

Amethyst 1.5 represents a major update to our Visual Studio-based IDE for Flash, Flex and AIR development. The last version of Amethyst (1.2) was released on February the 1st and is available from the Amethyst Download page. In the months since then we have released ten public betas leading towards this first preview of Amethyst 1.5. The preview software includes numerous bug fixes and enhancements suggested by our beta testers plus dozens of new features including:

- Support for mobile (Android, Blackberry, iOS) development and deployment
- Improved support of Flex 4 and 4.5 including Flex 4 states
- New compiler service for faster compilation
- Improved simultaneous debugging of mixed Flash/.NET and ASP Web site projects
- Improved support of locales, non-English projects, RSLs
- Substantially improved support for named Build configurations
- Major improvements to the project importer (now imports Flash Builder properties and entire workspaces)
- Support for very large projects

For a full list of changes and improvements (and also to download the 1st Preview of Amethyst 1.5) see the Amethyst Release History page.

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