Sunday, June 3, 2012

Flex Developers in Distress as Adobe Scraps Flash Catalyst

Companies like DCKAP developing services for its clients using the Software Development Kit, Apache Flex are in state of anxiety after the Adobe Flash Catalyst tool has not been provisioned with the new CS6 version. Adobe has decided to discontinue the production of Flash Catalyst in order to streamline the product line. With Flash Catalyst, user interface architects from DCKAP were creating the user interface for Adobe Flex (now Adobe Flash Builder 4) applications using Adobe graphic software. Then Flex developers used the result to build the rest of the application in Flex.

It is much expected that the Adobe Flash Catalyst has to remain intact until the Flex community comes up with an alternative which has all the potentials of replacing the Flash Catalyst efficiently and which can be used by Flex developers for rapid Flex app prototyping and Flex skinning techniques.
Now the Flex developers and flex programmers are blaming Adobe which was forever delaying the release of a fully featured Designer/Developer workflow which was finally introduced 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 and learning style in which ideas, concepts, data and other information are associated with images and techniques. It is one of the three basic types of learning styles used by Flex developers in the widely used Fleming VAK/VARK model that also includes kinesthetic learning 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 Flex apps.
* 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 Flex development … and this is bad again because we need more highly skilled Flex developers around.

Following this, the website has posted a petition demanding Adobe to sustain Flash Catalyst until a suitable alternative is found. It has also posted a set of questions which could be signed and it requests its users to buy the application to showcase the support.

DCKAP ( is a Fremont, CA based global technology Services Company delivering technology driven business solutions that meet the strategic objectives of the clients. Founded in 2005, with offices in California & Colorado, USA, the UK, Australia and a development center in India, DCKAP has earned appreciation from well respected Fortune 100 companies for its competent services.

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