Thank you.
That's interesting and very helpful.

One does wonder if a separate translation tool would do the job faithfully, and so creates doubt.

For someone that wants to use SWFs in PDFs to deliver educational content that is fully interactive, what workflow would you suggest using for the next three to five years?


On 17/12/2012 16:31, Alex Harui wrote:
Re: [flexcoders] Re: Flex alternatives

Adobe has no plans that I know of to get ActionScript to work with HTML5 in the same way that Google is proposing Dart as an alternative to JavaScript.

The Apache Flex project is working on a compiler that will translate ActionScript to JavaScript. In addition, the link I posted proposes a component framework that would enable you to build or prototype your app in Flash using FlashBuilder and ActionScript and then run a separate tool outside of FlashBuilder to translate it to JavaScript where it will run and leverage HTML or HTML5 components.

Alternatively, the same ActionScript to JavaScript compiler would let you write the script portions of your website as ActionScript using FlashBuilder and have separate HTML files, then use the same separate tool outside of FlashBuilder to translate the ActionScript to JavaScript. And maybe variations will be created that can output to various JS frameworks.

At this time, there are no plans to change FlashBuilder to integrate the translation workflow. Adobe’s focus for FlashBuilder is on building ActionScript gaming and premium video projects that run on the Flash player. I suppose if the JS workflow became wildly popular and Adobe could see a revenue stream by supporting such a workflow things might change, but I wouldn’t count on it. There is a better chance that someone in Apache Flex will start creating plugins for Eclipse to support the workflow or one of the other tool vendors will provide an integrated workflow.

The future of ActionScript 3 in Rich Internet Applications (as opposed to ActionScript “Next” as mentioned in the Flash roadmap) is actually being given more attention by Apache Flex than Adobe. If you want to continue to use ActionScript 3 to develop RIAs, I would encourage you to get involved with the Apache Flex project.

On 12/17/12 2:16 AM, "John McCormack" <> wrote:

    On 17/12/2012 05:12, Alex Harui wrote:

          Re: [flexcoders] Re: Flex alternatives  Adobe has spent the
        year donating the Flex SDK and Falcon compilers to the Apache
        Software Foundation.  While Adobe has a small set of people
        contributing to Flex in Apache and a team that shipped Flash
        Builder 4.7 and is working on subsequent Flash Builder
        release, Adobe is not leading the development of Flex and has
        not been for a full year.  The future of Flex is in the hands
        of the Apache Flex community.  This document should have made
        Adobe’s plans clear:

    I followed this link through to

     Under Flash Player "Next" this says...
     " and provide a foundation on which Flash can move forward over
    the next decade."

     Does this imply ActionScript working collaboratively with HTML5
    or is it an alternative to HTML5?

     I am asking because I am hoping Flash Builder will continue to
    offer me a way forward (AS3+HTML5).


Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.

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