Flex developers in distress as adobe scraps flash catalyst
Flex Developers in Distress as Adobe Scraps Flash CatalystCompanies like DCKAP developing services for its clients using the Software DevelopmentKit, Apache Flex are in state of anxiety after the Adobe Flash Catalyst tool has not beenprovisioned with the new CS6 version. Adobe has decided to discontinue the production ofFlash Catalyst in order to streamline the product line. With Flash Catalyst, user interfacearchitects from DCKAP were creating the user interface for Adobe Flex (now Adobe FlashBuilder 4) applications using Adobe graphic software. Then Flex developers used the resultto build the rest of the application in Flex.It is much expected that the Adobe Flash Catalyst has to remain intact until the Flexcommunity comes up with an alternative which has all the potentials of replacing the FlashCatalyst efficiently and which can be used by Flex developers for rapid Flex app prototypingand Flex skinning techniques.Now the Flex developers and flex programmers are blaming Adobe which was foreverdelaying the release of a fully featured Designer/Developer workflow which was finallyintroduced with Flash Catalyst CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 this year.Flash Catalyst works based on the idea of Visual learning. Visual learning is a teaching andlearning style in which ideas, concepts, data and other information are associated withimages and techniques. It is one of the three basic types of learning styles used by Flexdevelopers in the widely used Fleming VAK/VARK model that also includes kinestheticlearning and auditory learning.Discontinuing Flash Catalyst and removing it from the Creative Suite of Adobe means:•This is distressing news for all people who prefer to design and think visually.•It evokes worry for all Flex developers which have to navigate and code large-scale Flexapps.•Flex designers that need to interact with Flex developers will have hassles.•This is bad news for all Flex beginners because it adds another barrier while learning Flexdevelopment … and this is bad again because we need more highly skilled Flex developersaround.Following this, the website change.org has posted a petition demanding Adobe to sustainFlash Catalyst until a suitable alternative is found. It has also posted a set of questionswhich could be signed and it requests its users to buy the application to showcase thesupport.
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