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  • Built around the powerful Flex coding tools.
  • Standardized Eclipse development platform.
  • Spark skinning tools (for design).
  • Easier database connections.
  • Friendly design tools for formatting data collection and presentation elements.
  • Integrates smoothly with Flash Catalyst.


  • Coder-centric environment has steep learning curve.
  • Software is for coding experts only.
  • No export to mobile devices.
  • Powerful testing and coding features are available only in the Premium edition (which does not ship with CS5).

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