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Touring Tour de Flex

Posted by Sravan | December 5, 2008 .

Tour de Flex LogoThe Adobe Evangelist Team has been exemplary in evangelizing their products and I’m sure their counterparts in other companies are envious of them. James Ward (RIA Cowboy), Christophe Coenraets and Gregory Wilson deserve all the praise for coming up with the concept of Tour de Flex. What better way to make heads turn?

Tour de Flex is an Adobe AIR app that was released during the Adobe MAX Conference, San Francisco. It allows users to seamlessly explore Flex capabilities and resources segregated among categories like Flex core components, Flex data access, AIR capabilities, Cloud APIs, Data visualization, and Mapping.

According to the user guide that is available on the Tour de Flex page, it has three primary purposes:

1. Provide non-Flex developers with a good overview of what is possible Flex in a “look and see” environment
2. Provide Flex developers with a quick reference tool
3. Provide commercial and non-commercial Flex developers a place to showcase their work.

IMHO, the app achieves all three purposes. Everybody loves the AIR app. The RIA bloggers have heaped encomiums on the people behind Tour de Flex. I’ve nothing much to add in this particular angle. That I love AIR apps is not a secret. Tour de Flex is a must try.

I have some small complaints, however.

Components that take too long to load, say the ILOG or KapInspect visualizations, initially show a couple of blank white frames for the samples and the source respectively. The source frame loads first and then the sample frame, and they take their time. The user isn’t notified whether it is an erroneous empty component with just white frames or whether there is something running in the background. (Screenshots: Before, After)

When the “Menu” drop-down is clicked, it goes into the background of the displayed sample while it should have come to the foreground. (Screenshot)

It could be just me, but the process didn’t terminate when I closed the application a couple of times. Update: There is a TourDeFlex.exe update process running continuously in the background, but still my claim stays.

P.S. Copy+Paste from the user guide didn’t work. The characters get replaced by a series of ‘?’s. Any idea why?

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5 Comments so far
  1. Tom Van den Eynde  December 5, 2008 2:35 pm

    I put the badge on my website the day it was released.

    I have just one suggestion: integrate the flex.org showcase – this way non-Flexers can get a feel of the applications that can be build using Flex & AIR

  2. prasadsambari  December 5, 2008 11:08 pm

    Iam a web designer learning flex with this example is simple superb.

    Thanks

  3. Sravan  December 6, 2008 12:00 am

    You remind me that point, Tom. When I first found of it being hosted on http://flex.org, I had been of the impression that it was an AIR app showcasing the http://flex.org/showcase.

  4. None  December 6, 2008 12:06 pm

    Those things take no longer to load than all of the embedded stuff you have on this site like infolinks

  5. vikrant  December 16, 2008 9:11 pm

    How do i upgrade my tour de flex. I already installed it on my laptop but since the newer code are getting integrated into it. I don’t want to reinstall however i like to merge it with the older one. Could you please help me out for this.

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