Oct 2

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest

Adobe Thermo: Building Flex's RIAs Gets Easy

Adobe gave a preview of their new RIA-Builder, Thermo, today at MAX. The live, onstage demo showed how to take a Photoshop-generated screenshot and transform it into an interactive Flex UI that can be edited in FlexBuilder. This new tool is aimed at designers and will be out in 2008.

There is no official page up, but there is a single page detailing Thermo on the Adobe Labs Wiki. They provide the following details:

  • Use drawing tools to create original graphics, wireframe an application design, or manipulate artwork imported from Adobe Creative Suite tools.
  • Turn artwork from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks directly into functional components that use the original artwork as a “skin”.
  • Define and wire up interactive behavior, such as what to do when a user clicks on something, without having to write code.
  • Easily design UIs that work with dynamic data, such as a list of contacts or product information, without having access to the actual data source. Design-time sample data can be used as a realistic placeholder when laying out an application, testing interactivity, and choreographing motion.

Applications created in Thermo are Flex applications that can be loaded directly into Flex Builder, providing a great roundtrip workflow for designers collaborating with developers. The designer's work can be incorporated directly into the production application with no loss of fidelity, and designers can continue to refine the design throughout the iterative development process.

I've been at MAX since Sunday when I did an Ignite. I've been impressed at all the excitement from the developers and designers in attendance. The new tools that are being previewed and released seem to be living up to their expectations. After the jump I've included some screenshots from the wiki. Also see WebWare and ReadWriteWeb for more coverage.

[found the thermo link via Ryan Stewart's Twitter]


Adding text to an application


Pulling font information from the Photoshop file.

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  Bob Warfield [10.02.07 04:01 PM]

Thermo is a really exciting tool based on a lot of old ideas that never got developed:


It knocks one more task out of the realm of requiring programmers and into the realm of designers who are the better domain experts for this task. As such, it's really revolutionary.

I love it!


  Shounak [10.03.07 01:34 AM]

Hey how about giving a bit of thot to, Microsoft Silverlight and Expression blend, u can do this thermo stuffs over there already.

  Shounak [10.03.07 01:35 AM]

Hey how about giving a bit of thot to, Microsoft Silverlight and Expression blend, u can do this thermo stuffs over there already.

  Dave [10.30.07 01:14 PM]

Shounak: With your fantastic usage of the English language I'm sure people will be rushing out to try Microsoft's product. Why is it every time I see Silverlight plugged it is by someone who can't even write properly? I think Microsoft outsources to spammers. Either that or maybe their product attracts such brilliant minds?

  Josh [11.07.07 11:25 AM]


Not necessary that softwares are built only for English speaking heads,

dude, outsourcing is hot word, immaterial u speak English or not u can still work with an app

  Custom [11.19.07 12:47 PM]

Interesting, a wysiwyg editor for flash RIAs? I am a bit concerned that this will seduce developers or designer who do know very little about the other area to produce RIAs that defy established designpatterns and best practise approaches. We have seen what happenes when inexperienced people use wysiwyg editors. They littered the www with crap sites.

  Don Clark - Atlanta, GA [01.28.08 10:00 AM]

Great video here
Why does Brady look so serious or mad in his photo?

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