Adobe is hoping to attract budget-minded (read "indie") game developers to make games for Flash by offering a full range of game development tools in one subscription-based package.
The company launched its Game Developer Tools
at a San Francisco event Monday evening, a package that includes its Adobe Gaming SDK, its Flash C++ Compiler (for converting C++ games to run on Flash), and several related programs, including Flash Professional and both Photoshop and Illustrator.
Premiering in the package is Adobe Scout
, which Adobe is calling its "next-generation profiling tool." Scout promises frame-by-frame analysis of any SWF (no special debug builds required) and works on desktop and mobile operating systems.
Scout has been in use by developers in a private beta for some time now, and was used to optimize Zynga's FarmVille 2
The whole package is distributed through Adobe's Creative Cloud
service, which gives users unlimited use of its products for $49.99 per month.
Some of the tools -- including a complete version of Scout during an initial promotional period -- are also available in a free version of Creative Cloud, though some tools are offered only in trial mode.
More at the Game Developer Tools site