Adobe at its Adobe Max 2008 heralded a slew of new technologies, including links between its Flex application development platform and Microsoft's Visual Studio software development platform. Also paraded at the conference was Flash Catalyst, an interactive design tool for building interfaces and interactive content without coding. The planned Bolt release of the ColdFusion IDE, featuring Eclipse capabilities, was touted as well.
In addition, two developments pertaining to Flex development support for Microsoft's .Net software development technology were unveiled.
"A partner of ours, called Ensemble, out of Vancouver, has created a Visual Studio plug-in called Tofino, which gives you Flex and MXML support," said Ben Forta, director of platform evangelism at Adobe, in an interview after the morning keynote presentation. Also, Adobe itself is working on a project to boost Flex development in .Net, featuring data services capabilities. That project is with Adobe Labs.