Flash Builder 4 Standard is $249, with an upgrade price of $99. It also ships as part of CS5 with the Web Premium and Master Collection. A premium edition of Flash Builder 4 is $699, with an upgrade price of $299. Both versions of Flash Builder are available now.
Flash Professional CS5
Flash Professional is the program most familiar to designers for creating interactive multimedia, animation, and other rich content.
(Image Caption: The new text engine in Flash Professional CS5 gives you rich typographical controls, including threaded and multi-column text.)
Flash Professional CS5 offers a new Text Layout Framework, which provides professional typographic capabilities and advanced multilingual text and layout features for more than 30 languages.
Also new is a pre-built Code Snippets panel, which allows designers to inject code into projects for timeline navigation, actions, animation, audio, and video.
Using Flash Professional CS5, designers and developers can create, test and deliver Web content across a range of mobile platforms and devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, smartbooks and other consumer electronics. They can deploy content in the browser with the upcoming Flash Player 10.1 and as standalone applications with AIR 2.
The new version of Flash offers access to Omniture SiteCatalyst and Omniture Test&Target Web analytics tools from within the program and integration with new Adobe CS Live online services.
The app also includes the Packager for iPhone tool, which was intended to let Flash developers craft apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad, and other upcoming mobile devices. The Packager for iPhone compiles ActionScript bytecode into native iPhone application code. Apple's new iPhone 4.0 Developer Program License Agreement, released on April 8, effectively bans apps not created in C, C++, and Objective-C. Nonetheless, Adobe has stated that it will continue to develop the Packager for iPhone OS technology and offer it in Flash CS5.
Flash Professional CS5 is $699 with an upgrade price of $199. It is also available with the Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and Master Collection.
Flash Catalyst CS5 and Flash Professional CS5 ship within 30 days. Both versions of Flash Builder 4 are available now.