Adobe Flex is a highly productive, free open source software development kit used to create cross platform, interactive and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Flex provides a modern, standards-based language and programming model to support common design pattern. The appearance of any visual thing is known as skin, and in software and web application, a skin is none other than a bitmap graphics or vector graphic image. These images can be created in Flash, Flex, Silverlight and other multimedia applications. In general terms, skin can be defined as an entire appearance or partial appearance of the subject.
The skin of a component can be changed by giving commands. Nowadays the gazettes and gizmos are coming containing several skins, which can be changed by just pressing a button of modification. A modification button of skin completely changes the look of the product. The skin can be customized too according to user?s choice.
Most of the skins are created in Flex skins, which can be designed by installing and downloading the Flex skin extension provided by Adobe system in the latest version of Adobe Flex, Flex 3. The Flex 3 extension comprises from Flash, Fireworks, Illustrator, and Photoshop that allows the designers to create and control the new skins.
Flex skin has three types of skins: Graphical skins, Programmatic skin and Stateful skin.
Graphical skins are the images made in JPEG, GIF or PNG files and embedded in SWF files. These skins can be created using Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, MS Silverlight and other multimedia software, which amalgamate with Adobe Flex.
Programmatic skin is designed in MXML or ActionScript classes. A single class is can define multiple skins. To make changes in the skin, you will have to edit the class.
Stateful Skin is type of programmatic skin that uses view states, where each view state corresponds to a state of the component. The definition of the view state controls the look of the skin. A single component can define multiple skins while a component has multiple view states.
A professional firm is well versed with all sorts of skin designs. It has several experts of all sorts of skin to design and deploy on any application. Roseindia, a renowned software firm of Delhi, India has a very strong team of Flex Skin Designers who can design fascinating skins.
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