Adobe has announced that if you are an unemployed developer, you can download Flex Builder 3 Professional for free. Check out the details here – note that this is not for commercial purposes, just for learning.
You must also agree to the following terms:
1) I am not currently employed or being paid to develop software applications or web pages
2) Adobe Flex Builder 3 Software I receive under this program is for my personal use to learn about Adobe Flex and improve my skills
3) My license to use Flex Builder 3 under this program will not be used for production or commercial purposes, nor will it be transferred to any other person or entity, including to my employer should I become employed.
What a smart idea by Adobe – developers who are on the bench can learn a new tool and then can bring the tool to their next employer and push them to buy the commercial version. Everyone wins – I like the idea.