Adobe has released a public beta version of the ColdFusion 8 Web development software.

The beta is a feature-complete preview of the latest version of Adobe's platform for developing dynamic Web sites and Internet applications. Using Adobe's Flex and Ajax-based components, it enables developers to design and deploy rich applications, the company says.

The new environment also features Eclipse-based wizards and debugging, letting developers build applications and identify and fix problems easier than in previous versions. The ColdFusion 8 Server Monitor lets developers swiftly identify bottlenecks and tune the server for better performance.

ColdFusion 8 integrates with a broad range of platforms and systems. This expanded support includes integration with .Net assemblies, support for Windows Vista and new J2EE servers including JBoss. Adobe says that ColdFusion 8 also delivers significant performance gains over ColdFusion MX 7 and earlier versions of the product. Additionally, ColdFusion 8 applications can interact with PDF documents and forms for a printable, portable way to capture information.

The ColdFusion 8 public beta is immediately available at Adobe Labs Web site.