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Adobe adds iPhone support to Flash Builder

Adobe has added support for the iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry Playbook to its app-building tool-kits Flash Builder and Flex.

The media manipulation outfit started off with support for the Android operating system back in April but version 4.5.1 of both packages brings support for the other main players in the smartphone and tablet markets.

"Today we’re happy to announce updates to Flash Builder and the Flex framework that now offer support for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook," enthused Adobe's Puneet Goel in a blog post. "As a result, developers can quickly build and distribute apps through the Android Market, BlackBerry App World and Apple App Store using one tool chain, programming language and code base - a first for developers."

The tools allow developers to use much of the same code in cross-platform applications and sneakily bypasses Apple's ban on Flash video on its portable platform.

Flex 4.5 is a free open source framework but Flash Builder will set you back $700 for the full package of $50 for an upgrade to 4.5.1.