Thumbs up for CS 5.5

The big news is Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software – providing for the first time an IDE that contains the combined capabilities of Flash Builder and Zend Studio. It’s an Eclipse based tool that enables developers to create applications for Android, Blackberry Tablet OS and iOS from a single code base. There are also some significant workflow advancements in Flash Catalyst that enable designers and developers to work in parallel throughout the project.

Interesting snippets from one press release tell us:

“New in the suite are updated versions of Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Flash Catalyst, Flash Builder, the all-new Flex framework for mobile devices, Adobe Device Central and Adobe Acrobat X Pro. Key innovations include substantive HTML5 advancements in Dreamweaver, new tablet and smartphone application development capabilities in Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder Premium 4.5, and enhanced cross-browser testing as well as mobile emulation and on-device debugging…

“New HTML5 support in Dreamweaver CS5.5 includes jQuery mobile framework integration for browser-based content and PhoneGap integration for native and mobile application design and development. Enhancements to the multiscreen preview panel in Dreamweaver have also been made, supporting the latest in media queries, WebKit engine updates, and CSS3 attributes, enabling side-by-side renderings of what a single design looks like on different form factors.”

You can read the full release here, and a video previewing the new features here.

We asked a few developers for their initial impressions:

Web developer Mike Mackay

Web developer Mike Mackay

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