Adobe Systems is upgrading its Flash Player software and Flex development tool for building web applications.
Flash Player 9 for Windows and Macintosh is available as a free download, and has been rewritten to improve its web page interactivity performance.
Adobe has also promised a Linux version of Flash Player 9, but so far hasn’t confirmed a release date.
The company is also making available the Flex 2 product line, including a free, entry-level Flex 2 Software Development Kit. The free SDK is designed to encourage development of more Flash applications.
The fully featured Flex Builder 2 tool, based on the Eclipse open source software framework, will cost £285 per user. The full version is designed to speed development with the aid of prebuilt components, and takes advantage of ActionScript 3.0, the latest version of Adobe's scripting language.
Adobe has changed the licensing arrangements for Flex Data Services 2 – its server software for connecting to back-end applications. Customers can now deploy an Express version of the software on single-processor servers for free. A higher-end version of Flex Data Services 2 costs £11,400 per processor.