Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Issues Installing ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder as Plugins on Mac

Here's a quick post on issues I was having while installing ColdFusion Builder and Flash Builder, in case anyone else runs into the same.  I installed Eclipse 3.6 (Helios) and then added Flash Builder and ColdFusion Builder as plugins, which is a fine configuration.  The problems I was encountering were:
  1. Flash Builder reports - An internal error occurred during: "Creating Adobe Flash Player trust file...". com/adobe/flexbuilder/utils/osnative/NativeControl
  2. ColdFusion Builder does not color any code.  While that was the most obvious identifier, upon further inspection CF Builder didn't work period.
  3. Could not register CF Builder and was never even asked!  All registration links under the CF Builder Help menu were disabled (grayed out).
After reinstalling I started poking around on the web and it turns out that I had installed the wrong version of Eclipse.  I was used to installing Eclispe for JEE Developers.  The download link includes 2 MacOS versions, one for 32bit and one for 64bit.  Both Eclipse versiosn ran on Cocoa the framework instead of Carbon, which CF Builder does not support (and seemingly neither does Flash Builder).

When downloading Eclipse make sure you choose a Carbon build.  It is available under Eclipse Classic 3.6.1.  Just select Mac OS X(Carbon) from the download links list.

If you care about the framework differences in Carbon and Cocoa, check out Cocoa Vs. Carbon.


  1. Thanks so much for this information! I'm still getting the same error after installing the Carbon version of Eclipse you provided a link to. Is there some sort of config I should go through? I had Flash Builder working for a few days as a trial, just upgraded to CS5.5 registered (not illegally) and all of a sudden I'm having this error.

    I previously had another version of Eclipse IDE installed, so I removed it and replaced it with the one from the link you provided. I am running intel based 64-bit mac osx. Any suggestions? I really appreciate it :) I have assignments due on Sunday that require FlashBuilder so I'm sort of freaking out!

  2. I believe the plug-in only works on the 32-bit JVM. The alternative is to install the standalone version. HTH!