Adobe Flex Builder 3Adobe Flex Builder 3, which to be renamed to Adobe Flash Builder 4 when new version is released in 2010, is an Eclipse based integrated development tool (IDE) enabling intelligent coding, interactive step-through debugging, and visual design of user interface layout, appearance, and behavior of rich Internet applications (RIAs) and cross-platform desktop applications (with the help of AIR), especially on Adobe Flex platform.

Features of Adobe Flex Builder 3 Professional include:

  • Editors for MXML, ActionScript, and CSS with syntax coloring, statement completion, code collapse, interactive step-through debugging, and more.
  • Rich visual layout.
  • Integrated media.
  • Integration with Adobe Creative Suite 3 with extensions for Adobe Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Fireworks.
  • Memory and performance profilers help investigate memory use and analyze where applications are spending time.
  • Automated functional testing support for regression testing.
  • Interactive data visualization.

Adobe Flex Builder is licensed on a per-seat developer basis and is available starting from US$249, or upgrade license is available from US$99. Academic and education institution customers, including students, faculty and staff, however, can download and license Adobe Flex Builder 3 Professional for free.

Proof of identify is required during registration, where registrants can upload scanned copy of one of the following documents to prove that they’re currently attached to a institute or university.

  • A valid student ID showing current enrollment
  • A valid faculty ID showing current employment
  • A valid employee ID showing current employment
  • A letter on an educational institution letterhead stating that the individual is either a current student or a faculty member of the institution

For qualified people, head to the URL of to register for the free Adobe Flex Builder 3 Pro license.

Registration may take up to two weeks after the request to process, and for registrant to receive the serial numbers. The serial key code of Adobe Flex Builder 3 for Education can then be used to unlock and activate the downloaded trial versions of Adobe Flex Builder 3.

Free Adobe ColdFusion 9 Enterprise for Education is also available.