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Flash Builder 4

At a Glance
  • Flash Builder 4

    Macworld Rating

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    MSRP: $249; upgrade, $99


    • 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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