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From Jack Freudenheim <>
Subject Re: Adobe might think of open-sourcing the Design View if there is sufficient interest
Date Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:39:17 GMT

On 2/22/12 9:38 AM, Eugene Diana wrote:
> +1 on keeping DV alive
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason Batten []
> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 5:18 AM
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> Subject: Re: Adobe might think of open-sourcing the Design View if there
> is sufficient interest
> Another +1, it's good for quick wireframes and getting started
> On 22/02/2012 6:14 PM, Bruce Lane wrote:
>> Right, Design View is very important to learn the Flex components
> behaviours.
>> +1
>> Bruce Lane
>> On 22 February 2012 11:11, Avinash Narayanan<>
> wrote:
>>> I completely agree. I personally loved the design view alot
>>> especially when I first started out since I had no idea what flex was
>>> all about. Its also brilliant for understanding the various
>>> containers, components etc from a learning perspective. definitely a +1
> from my side.
>>> Thanks
>>> Avinash Y
>>> On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM, Dimitri k.<>   wrote:
>>>> After the discussion on the ML about the Design View, I thought it
>>>> would be a good idea to ask Deepa at the Flex Paris meeting if Adobe
>>>> could consider to open-source it after the removal from next version
>>>> of Flash Builder.
>>>> Frédéric Thomas, also on the ML, was quicker than me and ask Deepa
>>>> about that.
>>>> She said that Adobe hasn't thought about it because they didn't
>>>> believe we were interested, but she was thinking it could be a good
> idea.
>>>> In fact, the Design View is a Flex app, so the community can easily
>>>> contribute to it, and legal scrubbing should not be such a drag.
>>>> She concluded that the best thing to make it happen would be to show
>>>> interrest for the open-sourcing of DV on this list.
>>>> I know that lots of people don't care about the Design View (I
>>>> rarely use it myself), but here are 4 reasons I think it could be a
>>>> good move for Apache Flex:
>>>> - DV is a great tool to understand the MXML paradigm, particularly
>>>> for people coming for a Flash Pro background (timeline+stage), and
>>>> its removal would increase the barrier of entry to Flex.
>>>> - I heard several times about devs for which the DV is central to
>>>> their Flex workflow. It's often the case for heavy form-based
>>>> application, where standard Flex components are use exclusively and
>>>> the Design View help avoiding "design re-compilation".
>>>> In fact, I was told by an Adobe enterprise evangelist that he sold
>>>> Flex to some big companies mainly because of the Design View and the
>>>> ease they see in it to train their employees.
>>>> - DV can be really helpful when designing Mobile apps, because you
>>>> can test quickly your design with different resolutions and
>>>> orientations
>>>> - If we have access to the Design View code, maybe we could improve
>>>> it in a way that even current Design View haters would use it ;)
>>>> Dimitri K.

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