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Firms to test open source Flash tools

Macromedia has released an early version of one of its next-generation development tools for building applications based on its latest Flash Player 8.5 software and launched a tiered licensing scheme.

The Flex Builder 2 tool is based on the open source Eclipse development environment for creating what Macromedia describes as "rich internet applications". Such applications are created using Flex Framework.

Another next generation tool is Flex Enterprise Services 2, which will provide developers with data services and testing support. Macromedia said the Flex Enterprise product will be built on an open adapter architecture and allow users to integrate applications through an enterprise service oriented infrastructure.

An alpha version of Flex Builder was shown at the company's Max developer conference last week and can be downloaded from the Macromedia website.

Flex Builder 2 will will include the ability to develop and deploy Flex applications that connect to XML and Soap (Simple Object Access Protocol) web services with no additional charges or server licensing required.

Flex Enterprise Services 2 will be licensed on a per CPU, per project, and enterprise licence.


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