There will not be a beta for Flash Professional CS5
Adobe is no longer planning to release a public beta of Adobe Flash Professional CS5. This is a change from the plan that we announced in October at Adobe MAX 2009.
Since the original announcement we have seen a ton of interest in Flash Professional CS5 and the included Packager for iPhone. Developers in the pre-release program continue to provide great feedback and take advantage of the new features. We've also seen a number of new applications built using ActionScript 3 and delivered to the App Store.
We are changing our plans in reaction to this strong positive feedback. We want to make sure that we can provide the earliest possible delivery of the final software to the large number of designers and developers interested in Flash Professional CS5 and the included Packager for iPhone.
We understand that some people will be disappointed. Many of us were looking forward to a beta. But in the end, we think that what is most important is to get the release version completed and in your hands as quickly as possible.
I'm not normally one to share such articles on my blog but this one sort of got to me.
Disclaimer: I don't use Flash Professional often. I do a good bit of Flex work, so I use Flex/Flash Builder. Additionally, While I'd be upset not to have the Flash Builder public beta, it doesn't matter to me personally if Adobe holds a CS5 public beta for Flash Professional or not.
So, why the post/share? It's this line:
"we think that what is most important is to get the release version completed and in your hands as quickly as possible"
Really?! So, you think we'd prefer that you build some hunk of shit software that's full of bugs because it didn't get fully tested and flushed out by the insanely active and eager Flash community?
Has Adobe really lost that much of it's "brain" power ... or are they simply hiding the truth?
I don't know about any of you, but, I'd prefer the release version to come a little later if that means the community can take part in a public beta and help improve and fine-tune the project.