Thanks for the link Paul.
I am still a bit confused. Let me clarify a bit more.
The 'Get the free Flex SDK' link in Flex Homepage (http://www.adobe.com/products/flex/) lists the following downloads:
1. Adobe Flex 3.4 SDK
2. Adobe Flex 3.4 Data Visualization Components for Flex Builder
3. Adobe Flex 3.4 Automation Libraries for Flex Builder
I downloaded 'Adobe Flex 3.4 SDK' and 'Adobe Flex 3.4 Data Visualization Components for Flex Builder' and unzipped the files, and merged the contents of the two unzipped folders(copied to appropriate folders).
So now, using the command line mxmlc I can use the chart components and I do not see any watermark.
And I do not intend to buy Flex Builder as I just use the command line compiler and a simple text editor. So do I still need to pay the cost of Flex Builder professional(for ethical reasons)? Or since I dont use Flex builder, am I permitted to use the data visualization components for free? Technically there is nothing blocking me to use it free, like the need of a license key etc.
If you haven't bought Flex Builder Professional then you aren't licensed (and therefore you aren't permitted) to use the Data Visualization Components.
Yes, you technically still need to buy Flex Builder Pro to use the Data Visulization components to remain license compliant.
I've always wondered how Adobe would enforce said watermarks if the complete source was available. I guess you've proven that they don't.
You can read more about this here:
Thanks for your reponses. Do they plan to release it under less restrictive license any time in future?
I don't know about that, but other charting frameworks do exist for Flex.
I'm not aware of any announcements regarding a change of license for the Data Visualization Package.
I'm not sure if this will help your situation, but Flex Builder is free for education use; and for unemployed developers. If you qualify, you can request a copy here: : https://freeriatools.adobe.com/
I know of Axiis. Are there others?
Thanks, this might help while I learn it.
Is Fusion Charts Free at all a workable solution? The Flare toolkit,
while not Flex-specific, and somewhat lower-level that Adobe's
package, should allow you to build nice charts fairly easily.
FusionCharts seem to be a decent compromise. Thanks.