Highlights / Workflow Wonderland
Stealth breaks the barriers between the Flash and Flex workflows. Intermingle MXML views, Flash Pro components, and pure ActionScript with Stealth and turn your work into play.
Behind the Stealth SDK are some serious goals, primary among them is to make coding an exciting and satisfying experience for Flash developers. Riddled with time-saving shortcuts, modular customization and tooling compatibility, Stealth is well on its way to becoming a toy instead of a tool.
No, Stealth can be referenced as a SWC (compiled library) in Flash Professional or Flash Builder. In order to make Stealth components available in Flash Pro’s components panel you will have to install the Stealth Extension (.mxp) through the Extension Manager.
It’s amazing! Because Stealth is based on MovieClip you have full access to the timeline, its tweens and its code. Stealth provides installed components in the components panel – just drag and drop and reskin with a double-click. And all with Stealth’s binding, layouts and advanced features.
No, Stealth is purely AS3 based. However, because many of the concepts and API’s are similar, it’s easy for Flex developers to learn. Stealth is able to take advantage of many Flex features such as MXML and Flex metadata without requiring the Flex Framework.
The Flex SDK often gets a bad rap for being irreversibly coupled to its tooling. It’s true that there is a lot of crossover, otherwise our tools wouldn’t be as nice to use. However the approach Flex SDK has taken in its MXML generation makes it possible to leverage the same features outside of the Flex components. Special metadata, interfaces and only a few class dependencies make Stealth the first component set to embrace both MXML and Flash Pro’s timeline.
No, Flex compatibility is not supported. Flex alone is a capable framework, complete with MXML, layout and skinning. Because of this Stealth’s focus is on applications where Flex is not used. Historically Flex hasn’t been too friendly with non-Flex apps. And in favoring ease-of-use Stealth replaces some core Flex classes for improved workflow under the Flex SDK. These replacements will likely cause problems in Flex UIs.