February 2008

The big day is finally here! Flex Builder 3 is shipping, and the Flex 3 SDK and AIR 1.0 runtime are available for free download. I actually hadn’t been keeping up with all the latest AIR stuff, so it’s been fun checking out all the great AIR apps that have already been posted.

We’ve also just launched the Adobe Open Source portal, a one-stop shop for all Adobe open source technologies, including Flex, BlazeDS, and Tamarin.

Download, design, develop, and enjoy!

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A number of people have written me over the past few months to mention that they’ve had trouble getting the Reflection component to work in various cases. I haven’t had time to look at each of the problems, but I do have an updated version of Reflector.as that may work better. If you’ve been having trouble with the original Reflector code, try this one out and let me know if it fixes your problem.

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Thermo is hiring, and one of our first job openings is for someone to help us create a next-generation learning experience. We want to make it easy for designers to get up to speed on Thermo quickly, and we’re going to need to communicate Thermo’s concepts through traditional written documentation, diagrams, videos, animations, smoke signals, and however else we can convey them.

Our ideal candidate is either a writer with strong design skills or a designer with strong writing skills. Most importantly, we’re looking for someone who has innovative ideas about how to enhance the learning experience for a professional design tool that’s technically deep.

Have a look at the job description (pdf), and if you think you’re the right person for the job, please contact Randy Nielsen directly (his email is at the bottom of the job description).

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I’m going to be at IxDA Interaction ’08 in Savannah this weekend with some other folks from the Thermo team. There was a recent thread on the IxDA mailing list with lots of interesting thoughts on features interaction designers would want in a design tool, and I’m hoping to chat about the subject with other folks at the conference. If you’re going to be there, let me know–maybe we can meet up!

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