ColdFusion 8 Is Here!

33 responses to “ColdFusion 8 Is Here!”

  1. Anthony Avatar

    Yeah I downloaded the PDF comparing the features an the only note is that CFTHREAD is limited to 2 additional spawned threads. How are the other features "limited" in standard.

  2. Justin Avatar

    Hi Ben,
    Not sure what this means but under the editions comparison matrix ( is appears that "Administrator and RDS user and role management" is not included in the standard edition. When they said Administrator, they didn’t mean the CF Admin right?

  3. Ben Forta Avatar
    Ben Forta

    Justinn, they meant the multi-login granular access control to CF Admin.
    — Ben

  4. Jeff Self Avatar
    Jeff Self

    I’m not able to download it. I click download and nothing happens.

  5. David Farr Avatar
    David Farr

    Ben – this page has a comparison between Standard and Enterprise
    Some of the Stardard features reference this footnote:
    Enterprise feature that runs through the Enterprise Feature Router (EFR). These features will run in the Standard Edition. However, all features running through the EFR will be limited to one shared simultaneous request.
    Not sure exaclty what this means.

  6. Ken Reiss Avatar
    Ken Reiss

    Hurray! I’m very excited about CF8 arrival!
    I just placed my order for it, downloaded it, but can’t get the serial number. I got an Email from adobe saying it would be available online after the download. But online, it says to call customer service. I sat on hold for 40 minutes with customer service, who told me that I need to wait 3 days for it.
    Just warning everyone else out there. Don’t assume you can use it today. Btw, this is NOT the way Macromedia or Allaire behaved. I think Adobe is built for more of a consumer-based clientel, and has not yet realized they are dealing with server software now.
    If anyone else has a trick for getting it sooner, please post it here!
    Can’t wait to bring it live!

  7. Jason Delmore Avatar
    Jason Delmore

    As for limiting to one shared simultaneous request… that simply means you can use these Enterprise-level features but only one at a time. If you have two requests trying to use one of these Enterprise features, the second one will queue and wa

  8. Anthony Avatar

    So does that mean all share the same thread… (ie pdf and event gateways share one thread) or does that mean each feature only waits for similar request types? (pdf tasks wait for other pdf tasks only)

  9. Jason Delmore Avatar
    Jason Delmore

    Yes all the features marked as using the EFR share the same thread, although event gateways are not the best example… because of their multi-threaded nature… If you want to use CFPDF and CFEXCHANGE features at the same time, one will h

  10. David Avatar

    Jason, can you tell me if you’ve done any load testing on those features being used on a standard environment? It would be interesting to know just where the limits are.

  11. Calvin Avatar

    Wow, the price for Enterprise is incredibly expensive.

  12. Jason Delmore Avatar
    Jason Delmore

    Sure… all of our load testing results for CF8 are available in the ColdFusion 8 Performance Brief. Available on our Datasheets and Whitepapers page at
    You will be particularly i

  13. Bilgehan Avatar

    Is standart edition limited to one website? On product comparsion page, it says: "Standart edition:Used for delivering a single website or application on a single server"

  14. Ben Forta Avatar
    Ben Forta

    Bilgehan, you can definitely use CF Standard for more than one site, for example multiple virtual hosts.
    — Ben

  15. Jason Delmore Avatar
    Jason Delmore

    There are no limits to the number of sites you can run with Standard… that statement is just there as a guide for use. Enterprise has features that specifically aid in managing multiple sites on one server (Multi-instance management, server monitoring, multi-server monitoring, etc…). You can feel free to put as many sites as you want on Standard, but consider Enterprise if you need to worry about those sites causing issues with one another. 🙂
    Senior Product Manager, ColdFusion

  16. Bilgehan Avatar

    I checked the online store and noticed that it is no longer possible to buy from Turkey. Too bad, list of european countries are limited to EU members only. I think this happened after Adobe merger.

  17. Tim Smith Avatar
    Tim Smith

    I too am excited about the release of CF 8. I have an intranet application going live Aug 1 but sadly I was forced by policy to not rely on CF8 since it was beta and we strung along as long as possible but a couple of weeks ago the boss had us order new licenses for CF7MX 1 enterprise and 1 standard. Does anyone know of a grace period for recent purchases. I work at an academic institution and I believe we didn’t have an option for a subscription when purchasing via academic pricing.

  18. Ken Reiss Avatar
    Ken Reiss

    Thank you, Jason.
    Now that I’m installing, it is asking me to install the LiveCycle Data Services ES. I checked the live docs and they say nothing about this, only to "follow the instructions." So I agreed to install it, but then it says it’s only a 120-day trial, but after the trial, it becomes a non-expiring commercial use version. Should this be installed or not? What would not installing it cause to fail in CF8?
    If I have these questions, others must, too. Thanks!

  19. Jason Delmore Avatar
    Jason Delmore

    Contact customer service… we love our customers and I’m certain they can and will help you.
    We have built in the integration to LiveCycle Data Services… as you say, you will get a 120-day trial of Data Services (which is

  20. Peter Tilbrook Avatar
    Peter Tilbrook

    Congratulations, Adobe! An awesome release!

  21. Dave Phipps Avatar
    Dave Phipps

    It’s a shame that the US prices and UK prices are so vastly different:
    Upgrade from MX6/7 std to 8 Enterprise:
    US price: $6,850.00 (£3370.71)
    UK price: £4875.08 ($9,908.19)
    That’s a $3000 dollar difference!!! Does it really cost that much to ship a license key to the UK!!

  22. Wim Avatar

    Pricing is definately a problem here… I agree CF offers lots of "out of the box" possibilities, but guys, do realise that you’re still competing with free products like ASP and PHP… the Enterprise version is WAY too expensive…
    PS the printed documentation set is not available yet…?

  23. Dave Phipps Avatar
    Dave Phipps

    I’m not so worried about the price (US price that is) but I think it is a little unfair to charge an extra $3000+ dollars to UK customers. If I buy from the US then I save $3000! I could fly over to the US and pickup a copy and it would still be way cheaper than buying from the UK. I know that the GBP is strong against the USD at the moment but this still doesn’t explain the huge difference in price.

  24. David Avatar

    @ Dave
    While you can look at things like VAT rates, and including U.S. sales tax rates, the ultimate problem is the exchange rate. Adobe is not counting on the 2-for-1 rate for the Pound continuing. If you take a more traditional exchange rate of 65p t

  25. JohnJ Avatar

    Very exciting release! We built our Financial Institution App fresh and completely with CF7 (utilizing many Flash Forms and grids). So, we are excited to see how well some of the new CF8 features fit our upcoming enhancements. And, the speed enhancements will be welcomed…
    We have a copy of CF8 Standard coming for review and testing, and it should be to us in a week or two. If we install the ColdFusion8 30-day trial option download, and then just enter the Serial Number when it arrives – will we be using exactly the same CF8 that we would have installed from the disks?

  26. RF Avatar

    Ben, this is the release that Adobe desperately needed rehaul the way CF is priced and packaged.
    1.The dichotomy between enterprise and standard is ridiculous and it creates a divide within the CF development world. There should be a single product, with features that can either be enabled, or disabled. Period.
    2. The price model is based on a mentality that’s about 8-10 years old. The fact is, developers build stuff first, then push the need for the technology with some sort of justification (like "Look what I made"). The developer edition is no good unless you can put it in production for free as well. I can’t believe Adobe is still pushing this very broken price model.
    Adobe has to understand, that while the cost of CF is not the inhibit commercial businesses from purchasing it, it does in fact prevent developers from bothering. Adobe’s leaving a lot of money on the table here, and in 2007, I thought there were enough obvious examples of this for them to finally get it.
    3. With Flex and new PDF technologies, CF is poised incredibly well to leverage the huge well of developers out there, with free server products (not just developer), while sustaining (and expanding) their fee based business. The commercial tie in opportunities with these products are amazing. CF is the perfect lead in product to the entire Adobe technology suite.
    Maybe I’m not getting it, but this was an opportunity to truly cross CF over to the vast developer world not using that’s not touching CF, and the vast commercial opportunities seemingly right on Adobe’s doorstep.

  27. Paul T Avatar
    Paul T

    I’m seeing conflicting information about server monitoring not being available in the standard edition? Can anyone clarify?

  28. Wim Avatar

    I’m afraid the pricing is something that Ben cannot change. This has been the number one question (or remark, as you wish) during all Ben’s presentations I’ve been to in Brussels, and he always said that he would forward the remark to the Adobe staf… Seems they didn’t listen…

  29. Bilgehan Avatar

    Paul, according to editions page (, server monitor is limited to enterprise edition only.

  30. James Blaha Avatar
    James Blaha

    Nice job Adobe development team! I’m up and running with the CF8 Enterprise server its very fast on Windows Vista and Windows 2003 Server. I love the new CFFTP option for doing SFTP, thank you, thank you! The only item you’re missing now is a simple tag you can pass a query to and have it create a flat file with a delimiter of choice and with a simple option to also export to Excel… hint, hint. Well worth the money!

  31. Andrew Avatar

    As someone who used the trial version (and loved the server manager!) then installed my licence key for the regular version and lost the server manager I was very dissapointed that I lost this awesome tool.

  32. Andrew Avatar

    I see CF 8 shiped with JRE 1.6.0_01 and I had quite a lot of problems with JRE error "EXCEPTION_FLT_STACK_CHECK, Problematic frame" and this seems to be common with this JRE version. To save others the headache when I downloaded and installed JRE 1.6.0_02 (JRE 6 update 2) it by default installs to C:/Program Files/Java/jre1.6.0_02.
    Under this it creates a folder "bin/client/jvm.dll" file. I edited the C:ColdFusion8runtimebinjvm.config for java home to:
    java.home=C:/Program Files/Java/jre1.6.0_02
    And then CF 8 refused to start. After a bit of head scratching I realised CF 8 looks for a folder called "server/jvm.dll" so I simply copied the "client" folder to a new folder called "server" and hey presto – it worked.
    I hope this helps others not have the same problem I did trying to work out why it wouldn’t work and why they may be having problems with CF randomly crashing and re-starting under CF 8.

  33. Nkonye Oyewusi Avatar
    Nkonye Oyewusi

    How on earth do I use CFFTP sucessfully in CF8?

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