Flex Builder

Macromedia has released Flex Builder (previously code named "Brady"). Flex Builder is an IDE for developing Flex applications. It is similar to the Flash and Dreamweaver IDE's, except with the needed Flash-based design view.

While really cool, Flex costs about $12,000 for a deployment license. It would be great if Macromedia offered a Flex Builder-like tool that generated SWFs directly without the need for the engine on the server. This wouldn't be as powerful as a Flex-based application, but would be much easier to use than the Flash IDE for creating forms and simple RIA's that Flex would be overkill for anyway.