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Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 software is a development environment for building games and applications using the ActionScript language and the open source Flex framework. Flash Builder Premium includes professional testing tools such as profilers, network monitoring, and unit testing support.

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Flash Builder review by Swati P.
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"Adobe Flash Builder for Game Development?"

What do you like best?

I used Adobe Flash builder for game development so the most feature I like about it is the support for Action Script which was earlier not present on the Adobe Flash Builder. With ActionScript, I can build games better, secure and efficiently. Also, it provides support to create games for both platforms i.e. iOS and Android, it has emulators for respective platforms to test and run the games and to give stimulation of how to game would look on real devices.

What do you dislike?

I have used Adobe Flash builder extensively and over my duration of use, I found nothing displeasing about it. However, it uses a lot of my system ram and it's expensive at least I felt that way initially but it's worth the price you pay.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend Adobe Flash builder for game development since it provides the platform for both iOS and Android. However, I would not recommend it for web development since most people are migrating towards JavaSript than Flex. Also the price it's expensive but it's worth the price for the features it provides.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using this product for game development for both the ios and Android platforms. Earlier I used Adobe Flash builder for building Flash games. Adobe Flash Builder also includes emulators to stimulate how the game would look in target devices. It also allows me to flawlessly go through development workflows to speed up the process and thereby increasing my productivity. Also having a built-in Adobe Scout Support can come in handy.

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Flash Builder review by Adarsh J.
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"Adobe Flash Builder for game and application development"

What do you like best?

The best feature I like about the Adobe Flash Builder is built-in Adobe Scout Support it assists in developing games and other applications. Apart from that the support for ActionScript and Flex in the newer version. Both ActionScript and flex makes game and web application development easy.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit confusing when you start fresh. Hence one must learn how to use Adobe Flash Builder although it's pretty easy to learn. Also, most of the good features are premium i.e you have to pay to get them. If you are willing to spend money then there is nothing much to dislike about Adobe Flash Builder it worth spending for, for the props you get.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's an expensive product, so for the first time user I would recommend looking for other product with similar features get used to them and then shift on to Adobe Flash Builder. If money is not a question for you then go for it its worth the investment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using Adobe Flash Builder for game development for both the mobile platforms ios and android. It's very easy to develop games using ActionScript and with its built-in Adobe Scout support that assist with tools for game development. It also provides the environment to stimulate the games on the target platform. Furthermore, I don't have to use other testing product since Adobe Flash Builder provides local connections for testing.

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Flash Builder review by Ritu V.
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"Game and Application development platform"

What do you like best?

The best new feature for Adobe Flash Builder would be the support for ActionScript and Flex. They are my go-to languages for game development, animation designing and creating content-rich web applications.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing much to dislike about. It can be very confusing at first to get started but with a slight learning curve, it's really easy to learn. It lacks a timeline for animation which can come in handy when working on a large program with a lot of animations. It's a system resource heavy application and will take longer loading time and run time depending on your project. Also, it sure consumes a lot of RAM too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this software to those who are into game development and animation designing.Also to those who are into developing web applications.It's expensive true, but really worth your money.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being a tutor, I use Adobe Flash Builder to teach Game development to recruits since it supports ActionScript.It is so great since that I have to teach only 1 product instead of 3 products.

Having built-in Adobe Scout aids with a plethora of tools that help in creating a game and other application.

Furthermore, I also use it to teach animation designing.

Also, I use Adobe Flash Builder for creating rich web applications using Flex support. Using Adobe Flash builder I have created my own blog to post articles of my cooking hobby.

Flash Builder review by Indravardan S.
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"Adobe Flash Builder :-Best Game and Application development platform."

What do you like best?

The best feature I like is the new ActionScript and Flex support which was not present earlier.It has new and improved tools and features which enhanced my productivity and that's just icing on the cake.It also has built-in Adobe Scout Support which helps creating game development and other application.

What do you dislike?

It requires a bit of learning curve to use the program.It lacks the timeline when it comes to animation.If you build larger application with lot of animation you will face problems.It is a resource heavy application use wise and takes long loading times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Study the product closely before deciding to purchase the product.The smart thing to do would be to jot down the various important elements that need consideration such as key features, finances, skill levels of workers, company size etc. Then, research thoroughly. Read some Adobe Flash Builder reviews and look into each of the alternative programs in your shortlist.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Adobe Flash Builder for Game development since it supports ActionScript.It also has built-in Adobe Scout.This aids with wide array of tools that help to create games and other applications.I also use it for creating static animation website and light animation designing.

Flash Builder review by Paco M.
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"Easy to use and very efficient"

What do you like best?

I really like the usage that it guves to you as well as the numerous tutorials that the programme has itself on the net, that really helps to learn how to make your best

What do you dislike?

That you can´t transfer your works into another computer. For example, when you are working in windows and you have to change into Ubuntu. I dont really know how to open the same archive, as it always give me some kind of problem

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its really good to start looking for tutorials, as it show how to make the best of the programme

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It gives you the right placement to do what our bussiness requires, so we can work togheter in the same programme. But as i said, you cant change the operative sistem

Flash Builder review by Inga B.
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"Amazing Product"

What do you like best?

I love that this software is very easy to use, a monkey like me could us it! What I like most is the ability to integrate development environments. This platform speeds development of rich Internet applications (RIAs) and cross-platform desktop applications, particularly for the Adobe Flash platform.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how difficult it is do download and get started. It can be very confusing at first to get started. But once you are started it is really great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I enjoy working with most of the adobe products. They are pretty simple to use and keep using. I love that I have the ability to login and get everything done at once instead of having to wait.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to integrate from multiple platforms into one simple solution. It is also great because I only have to learn one product instead of 3 products.

Flash Builder review by Solomon G.
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"A builder of your games and applications"

What do you like best?

Adobe Flash Builder is a game and application development platform with support for ActionScript and Flex.

With Adobe Flash Builder, developers can also further enhance their productivity. That is because the platform has improved tools and features. On top of that, the environment enables developers to create games and apps for iOS and Android on Windows and Mac machines.

Additionally, the Adobe Flash Builder interface is designed in a way that lets developers write codes faster. It enables it through features like statement completion, which automatically completes code lines, to allow developers to move on faster to the next line.

What do you dislike?

What i dislike about adobe flash builder is that the cost is high. Also, it uses a lot of my system ram and it's expensive at least I felt that way initially but it's worth the price you pay.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using this product for game and application development for both the ios and Android platforms. Adobe Flash Builder also includes emulators to stimulate how the game would look in target devices. It also allows me to flawlessly go through development workflows to speed up the process and thereby increasing my productivity.

Flash Builder review by prabhat p.
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"Adobe Flash Builder - Application Development Platform"

What do you like best?

Adobe Flash Builder is a game and application development platform with help for ActionScript and Flex. Developers like us can consistently make games inside the Adobe Flash Builder platform since it presently bolsters ActionScript laborers. This lets them impeccably experience their development work processes for them to accelerate an opportunity to showcase. Adobe Flash Builder has a worked in help for Adobe Scout. This adds to the wide exhibit of devices that empower developers to conveniently make games and applications.

What do you dislike?

Text Encoding and Operations are not so good as compared to Flash Develop . Also Code Documentation is not helpful for developers .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Developers can consistently make games inside the Adobe Flash Builder platform since it presently underpins ActionScript laborers. This lets them perfectly experience their development work processes for them to accelerate an opportunity to advertise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Adobe Flash Builder, debugging is a less difficult process. That is on account of the platform has a walkthrough debugger that helps developers in settling bugs in their codes. Furthermore, the code creating program has extra apparatuses that enables us to code quicker at our association .

Flash Builder review by Carla B.
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"Flash Builder is an excellent tool for developers"

What do you like best?

Have a design view. Flash Builder is for robust applications that you can not do in Flash Professional. It gives a little more freedom of design and animation, and it's easier for the developer to learn. is much more stable than Flash. It offers a large number of functionalities that can help your needs

What do you dislike?

Lacking the timeline is a pain when it comes to animations. If you want to develop an application larger than the one that requires some animation, you will have some problems to do it in Flash Builder, it is much more difficult than if you do it in Flash Professional. is usually exaggerated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Is a complete IDE, with auto-completion, debugging capabilities, error detection and visual editing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Is a commercial solution for the development of Flex applications, you can change from one side to another, when you know what you are doing and keep in mind that not all functionalities overlap (FB: no timeline, no scenes, Flash: no MXML). It works like an Eclipse plugin.

Flash Builder review by Agostinho d.
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"very good development environment"

What do you like best?

Adobe Flash Builder is a very good development environment when developing an application with ActionScript. I have used it since the IDE eclipse and it is a tool where there is enough documentation on the web and in which there is a wide development to enrich an Internet application.

What do you dislike?

When downloading and implementing Adobe Flash Builder it can be difficult and confusing, it also makes the development environment heavier and takes a long time to start

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adobe Flash Builder is very easy to use, I find it comfortable because it includes what IDE needs. and how not to be if it is written on the Eclipse platform, which is already one of the best development IDE.

Adobe Flash Builder integrates a good text editor and a debugger

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

is a good tool that helps me be creative when developing an application

Flash Builder review by Mihaela D.
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"Adobe Flash Builder "

What do you like best?

I like that it comes in two editions for the end user, standard and premium. The Adobe Flash Builder it’s built on Eclipse platform and has all the things and all the tools for MXML content. The last version that I used 4.7 comes with all the stuff you need for mobile development like games and applications.

What do you dislike?

This product is only for experienced programmers. I tried to export the Flash Builder content into my phone but is not working. The main features for testing and coding are available only in premium edition and you have to spend more money for this

Recommendations to others considering the product

I am thinking at a user manual or documentation for anyone who doesn’t know how to use it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Adobe Flash Builder we solved our problems about the needed apps. We are able to create our own content. And I think that this thing is useful for us and our time. We can have a main application and we can use it each time in order to try different things on it.

Flash Builder review by james b.
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"Great product and better platform"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to navigate the tools. I have tried other platforms in the past and I have to say this one is one of , if not, the easiest to find my way around it.

What do you dislike?

Well The only thing I didnt like was having to find out how to integrate more libraries but other than that it was one of the best out there,

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to read Help documants if you are lost with anything. They have everything you need help with in there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was working on some things for a game. As I said I have already seen how easy it was to navigate around but not only that its all in one (once you have the libraries you want)

Flash Builder review by Amanda P.
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"Flash builder review"

What do you like best?

Getting started was pretty simple. You can figure out pretty easily how to put together and edit simple animations pretty quickly without having to do a lot of research before hand.

What do you dislike?

Once you hit that learning curve wall, it is quite difficult to get over without spending time on online tutorials, videos, or even classes. So you're pretty limited unless you have the time or money to get the necessary help you need to become proficient with the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great jumping off software in regards to self building simple flash animations

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've created short animations teaching people how to learn how to play piano at the very basic level by having a song playing in the background and a keyboard and hand in the frame. The flash animations were simply me highlighting the corresponding right hand G clef note being played at various speeds along with the proper finger.

Flash Builder review by Sudheer R.
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"Very good animation design application"

What do you like best?

Action script is one of the flexible scripts available to design animations. The features I like most is the interface. It is fluid and offers features to edit animations using drag and drop, and also by using scripts. In addition to the software, there are a lot of active developer communities to support new designers. It also has a lot of support on the internet to resolve problems easily.

What do you dislike?

Its kind of disappointing about the software is that it is becoming outdated. The developers aren't focused anymore to bring up new features. A lot of new applications have been taking place of this software. Another drawback of this application is action script doesn't offer to design dynamic animations, which is supported by many applications these days.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check your requirements and decide to choose the software or not.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Static animation website building, animation designing.

Flash Builder review by Kayla C.
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"Fine experiences with Adobe Flash Builder "

What do you like best?

I like that for the most part it is easy to use and does not require a lot of previous knowledge to be able to use it. I think compared to other systems it is a very well thought out program in terms of the user interface. I think that overall the program is very efficient and effective and I would recommend to other people in the research industry if they have similar projects.

What do you dislike?

I think that once you try to use AFB for more advanced things it can be very challenging to figure out the details. There are a lot of features that could be improved to make it easier to use this program for a range of intended purposes. It would also be very convenient if the price was reduced or if it was packaged with other programs to make it easier for small businesses to purchase this program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think that having better help systems when people are confused or stuck on something would be very beneficial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Adobe Flash Builder has been able to solve some of our business problems in regards to our research. We use AFB to build applications needed for different experiments. I think this can be very helpful in time management during our research projects. Having a application already set up that we can use each time we conduct the experiment makes research projects that have time constraints a lot easier.

Flash Builder review by User
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"A great experience!"

What do you like best?

I really like that Adobe has incorporated ActionScript! It makes the task easier! I started doing small animations in Flash and the migration to Adobe Flash Builder was easy. Creating games is still a hobby and I am still learning, but for now I have fun experimenting and this software gives me all the necessary tools for learning. I really like that it adapts to the iOS and Android platforms and also, the support is excellent.

What do you dislike?

I have to admit that the software is quite heavy and a bit expensive, however it´s worth paying Although its free version is very good. I think it's very friendly and intuitive, but if you're a beginner it will be a bit difficult to learn. The Adobe website has very good tutorials to get started.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software has all the tools to create excellent games! It is intuitive and friendly, although it requires a little study of the software to start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For now I use it to learn and prepare myself since one of my goals is to create games and take advantage of them, but for now I use this software to learn and improve my skills!

Flash Builder review by User
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"Nice IDE, great concept, but the future of Flash is bleak right?"

What do you like best?

Debugger and compiler are valuable for UI development. UI preview and layout designer are really nice too, although UI designers for web development are becoming more rare.

What do you dislike?

Flash was essentially killed by Apple a number of years ago, it may not have been inevitable, but it's the reality now. Adobe stopped making improvements for Flash Builder a few years back and handed over the future to Apache Flex, so styling and improvements in the Flash realm have been stagnant.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a nice tool to maintain a legacy Flash application, but unless things change dramatically in the coming years, this will be strictly used for legacy maintenance of 'unsupported' Flash applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I created a rich-web application in 2009 using Adobe Flex/Flash Builder. The product has had a nice 9 year run. Very stable in its own right. Browser support and security warnings about Flash have cropped up over the last few years which has impeded a few customers. The application I created uses standard REST web-services exclusively for its data transfer for all application activities. The work flow of the application are all managed by Flash. A certain amount of obfuscation is provided by Flash and the applications produced are essential impervious to bots seeking brute force log-in attempts. There's no easy "view source" for a produced Flash SWF file.

Flash Builder review by User
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"Adobe Flash Builder Makes Working a Flash!"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the layout of this software and its ease of use. I use it throughout the day while working in a broadcasting department and it was not given me any problems thus far. I am new to the program, but like it so far!

What do you dislike?

I do not have much to say negatively about this software yet, but I have noticed small tweaks that could be made to make the beginning stages of this much easier to learn. Luckily, I have a team around me that knows this programs and is able to easily help and guide me through this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I enjoy this product because it makes certain aspects of my job easier. Like I said earlier, I am new to the program, but like it so far. I use it for the majority of my day.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to create beautiful internet based programs that I would have had to spend hours doing manually on my own. This makes this very easy for me. Like I said earlier, have a team around me that knows this programs and is able to easily help and guide me through this, so I am very thankful. I have confidence that this program will become easier and easier to learn and that it will continue to help greatly.

Flash Builder review by Darius D.
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"Adobe Flash Builder is easy to use and it can help you to gain experience"

What do you like best?

The product is simple to utilize. There are useful plug-ins inside the product to utilize while requiring help. Flash-builder 4.7 with Action Script is an awesome redesign and aids a less complex strategy to making games and applications.

What do you dislike?

The new updates are awesome, however once in a while the product is very slow for me. There is a probability that it is the PC, yet on the work area I am utilizing, there is in some cases with the same issue..

Recommendations to others considering the product

Change content size and add extra images to the increase highlights, and also some tutorials or video tutorials can help the user.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business issues I fixed utilizing Adobe Flash Builder are having quicker turnovers in order to finish the projects and tasks very quick

Flash Builder review by Moses L.
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"Use Flash Builder to maintain your legacy code"

What do you like best?

It is built based on Eclipse, so they did not try to re-create an IDE from scratch, so it is familiar to users of the eclipse IDE. It is cross platform so you can use it on both Windows and Mac machines.

What do you dislike?

It is often quite buggy and no longer maintained. The program may crash often and requires an older version of Java in order to operate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use eclipse and install the necessary plugins manually.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providers a more effective way to work with as3 code and produce flash SWF files and keep them organized. Can run external applications within eclipse to compile the SWFs.

Flash Builder review by ZAVI F.
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"Decent program but little use in the future."

What do you like best?

Adobe Flash Builder is one of the easier programs to get into, for me. It took me less time to figure out how to navigate through out and then start doing complex actions.

What do you dislike?

Flash is starting to become less common and less used. Adobe Flash Builder is not something that many would use in the future, so it's not as good to learn now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a plus to know, but it's not very viable in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building flash was never as easy. It made shipping products with flash much faster.

Flash Builder review by User in Translation and Localization
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"Adobe Flash is easy and effective"

What do you like best?

In the latest versions the WYSIWYG designer is gone, which in my opinion makes it easier to use, ESPECIALLY if you are a programmer. I guess it might make it more difficult for those who do not know how to use it.

What do you dislike?

If you have too large of a project, it does start to act up and run slow or freeze.

I really dislike that it is not permitted for apple devices and that it can be a tad bit pricey.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Study the product closely before deciding to get. Sometimes the software can not handle larger products and may not be the right program for your company. I personally love it, but everyone has their own opinion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You have to get the IDE if you are going to use this program. It is good for people learning how to use it and you need to have videos and other tools to be able to use this program more efficiently.

Flash Builder review by User in Computer Software
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"It was ahead of its time."

What do you like best?

when i started working web did not had html5. It was all flash and flash builder was the king.it makes writting actionscrpit so easy.I made alot of games and fun animations to show off in it.it makes so easy to make internet rich applications and it is cross platform. your applications will run on all platforms in same way with flash player.auto complation and debugging tools were amazing.

What do you dislike?

lack to access of timeline was very disappointing.it has no mobile support especially apple devices.right now it is outdated.superior technologies have taken over.

Recommendations to others considering the product

there is a lot of documentations available if you want to do through with this.wide user support at its ptime.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i amde alot of portfolio animated websites in it. i made some small but fun games in it.

Flash Builder review by Anamika G.
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"Build animation and action for games easily"

What do you like best?

Adobe Flash Builder provides an easy way to build animation and graphics for game and applications. It also support Action Script so it makes easy to write an event for objects.

What do you dislike?

Adobe Flash Builder support only action script so we need to learn Action Script. If it support Javascript then it would be best for all developers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to recommend this software to build animation and graphics. This is good id you want event in your animation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create flex banner and animation for different mobile application and games.

Flash Builder review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Developing action scripts with flash builder"

What do you like best?

Flash Builder contains all of the tools necessary to get started with the MXML, ActionScript, component library, compiler, and debugger.It supports mosy server side technologies like ASP.Net, J2EE, HTTP/REST and SOAP Web services, PHP,

BlazeDS, ColdFusion, and LiveCycle Data Services for streaming data.

What do you dislike?

Coder-centric environment has steep learning curve.

Software is for designated for coding experts only.

Could not export to mobile devices.

Powerful testing and coding features are available only in the Premium edition .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Export to mobile device feature can be added.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used flash builder to develop mxml UI for one of our loan origination systems.

Flash Builder review by G2 Crowd User in Design
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"It is a reliable product, and I enjoy using it!"

What do you like best?

I like that the features are easy to navigate if you have prior experience working with Flash and developing applications. I like that it has the ability to import other projects with ease.

What do you dislike?

I think that the UI (overall interface) would benefit from an overhaul. However, that doesn't affect the functionality of the tool overall.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that the UI be worked on for beginners to understand the program a little bit more. It would also benefits from more helpful videos or tools throughout the software to understand Scripts, etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it in business when developing apps, and to better understand my knowledge of mxml applications. It is similar to html, and it comes in handy at times. One of the benefits has been better understanding code for all areas of of website and graphic design business.

Flash Builder review by User in Computer Software
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"Ultimate software to build applications"

What do you like best?

This is the best tool to build applications and games. this is very easy and quick software to build the applications. The best feature I like about Flash builder is the User Intefface Controls; Using this , Horizontal sliders can be added very easily.

What do you dislike?

Although this is a good tool but this looks bit complex to freshers. Also we have to pay to use its whole features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes I recommend others to use this software to build games and applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using this to build mobile applications required as per customer demand. The main benefit is that it provides the local connection for testing. So no need to use any other products for testing.

Flash Builder review by jennifer g.
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"Past its prime software for web media"

What do you like best?

Once you learn how to use flash it is a great program for learning animation. It is kind of out dated these days though.

What do you dislike?

It is not compatible with some devices. Load time is slowwwww. It is pretty unnecessary with flashy graphics that get in the way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the past graphic websites but nowadays it is good for games and programming apps.

Flash Builder review by Arik B.
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"Nice tool but obsolete technology "

What do you like best?

Complete solution to create complex WEB applications and components

What do you dislike?

in one word, "Flash" we port few components of our solution to flash to gain better UI and more addvance capabilities but then customers/organizations start blocking Flash and preventing the use of Flash. and now with the use of smartphones and tablets flash is not an option

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think flash is dead so I do not recommand to use it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have WEB UI and we wanted to have better GUI so we moved some components to flash

Flash Builder review by Dustin Edward F.
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"Awesome Development Kit To Work With. Rapid And Secure Software Development. "

What do you like best?

I was introduced to this during my thesis year in University. I had to chose between this and Symphony. As a PHP enthusiast, I was leaning towards Symphony but after realizing that Flash can integrate with a host of backend scripting languages like php and java; I decided to try it. At first it was difficult to connect the front end to the backend in a MVC/OOP required application. After a week, I was able to do so by simply creating interfaces on the fly and push them to my database- MySQL. I used php to do so and the ease in which I was able to develop my php classes, services and still use that to connect my MXML/Actionscript front logic to the DB was amazing. The front end is very easy to create. Not too many hassle in creating it and the components are easy to work with. There are a variety of objects that are available, custom components can be developed and even merging various components into one and still be able to call that instance was so interesting.

I developed a management information system for a hotel chain and amusement. This system managed everything from inventory, food preparation, services to sales and accounting. It gave a total over view of the company's business at any given time. Of course, there was lots of AI in there and the Actionscript mixed with the php gave the flexibility of creating objects on any side and have them instantiated anytime. The use of the Singleton Model in developing software using Flash is very instrumental since it helps with creating user modules, global variables, authenticating and many other functions.

The best thing is the fact that Flash can create some very secure and stable applications. The code can be hidden and the fact that it runs in air of flash has lots of advantages. People complain about how heavy it is but we have the bandwidth to accommodate it. I have developed systems which were very data intensive but the data only got called when necessary. This reduces the load time and when a new action was called, the data calls ended, thus helping the user to navigate easily. Flash gives developers total control over their application and code base. It offers a very rich internet feel and user experience and can also be integrated into HTML5, in areas where it would be obviously difficult to develop certain components.

In all, I would recommend Adobe Flash to young developers and seasoned ones too.

What do you dislike?

1. That people often discredit it for being too resource demanding.

2. That its a bit expensive and exclusive as a software

3. Its not permitted on Apple devices

Recommendations to others considering the product

Study your requirements properly, determine the scope of the project and if its a large scale roll out, with the need to extend on a very data intensive, rich user experience, secure solution... Then go right ahead and chose it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many, I developed many secure financial software and the data can be very well hidden and secure. Clients enjoy the feel especially that of the Datatgrid.

Flash Builder review by Brandon J.
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"I needed a short Flash slideshow for our company website. So Adobe Flash was what I needed. "

What do you like best?

Drag and drop capability. Once you imported the library the images were drag and drop and then you just adjusted the transitions and a short time later....you had your slideshow.

What do you dislike?

The transitions were not real clear without some research into the commands. But once self-taught, everything went smoothly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're a first time user, look up basic commands and functions first.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Needed a rolling slideshow for our home page. This was able to create that slideshow.

Flash Builder review by Pooyan A.
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"Still the Best for Flash/Flex Projects"

What do you like best?

It is, in my opinion, the de facto standard for Flash/Flex based projects. In the latest versions the WYSIWYG designer is gone, which might even be considered as a plus if you are an experienced/serious programmer. Lots of great editing and project handling capabilities inherited from Eclipse, as well as lots of additions including profiling.

What do you dislike?

* Once in a while the IDE acts up and decide not to work any more, which is simply fixed by re-creating the workspace.

* The compilation speed does not keep up to the editing capabilities.

* There are certain auto-completion and syntax highlighting errors.

* For a little more complex errors, you would see the error shown in a non-related line of the code. This is a pain for debugging weird issues.

* Large projects make the IDE to occasionally go crazy.

* Heavy and slow (as you would expect from a software inherited from Eclipse)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Only to be considered if you want to create larger Flash/Flex projects, and are willing to spend on the IDE! The only other serious alternative I have tried is IntelliJ Idea (which I wouldn't recommend for Flash/Flex projects).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Handling of large projects is simplified with this IDE, only if you are using Flash/Flex! I use this to create/maintain network video conferencing like software (also using Adobe Media Server / AMS / FMS). There are a lot of areas that could use improvements, nevertheless (unfortunately) there is no other IDE for Flash/Flex projects that can even come close to Adobe Flash Builder.

Flash Builder review by Executive Sponsor
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"Excellent development software"

What do you like best?

What I like most about Flash builder is that it includes an integrated interactive debugger that allows developers to execute code and inspect variables and visualize expressions.

What do you dislike?

It was a bit difficult to install and learn to manage it since it is a little confusing at the beginning, with time you get used to it and great and easy to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you learn to use it, everything is faster and easier

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Once you know how to handle it well you can save a lot of time when writing your codes, this helps you to make several programs in a short time and you earn more money.

Flash Builder review by User in Telecommunications
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"Kim's review f survey monkey"

What do you like best?

I really love the entire setup of Survey Monkey. U have used it many times OFF the jibsite as well. It has a very simple layout and is very convenient to use. The process is entirely self explanatory and all you have to do is follow the instructions.

What do you dislike?

I don't dislike any part of Survey Monkey.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a very fast convenient way to get everyone's opinions . Much faster than single emails.

Flash Builder review by alfredo c.
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"More time to work on the code."

What do you like best?

It makes it easy to review the code and view the results.

What do you dislike?

Search may be really slow sometimes which makes it painful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Practice it's the key!!

Flash Builder review by Daniel C.
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"With Adobe Flash Builder you can design and create so many applications."

What do you like best?

Is simply to use and have so many features that can provides an amazing development in a design.

What do you dislike?

The product is not make to many devices and that difficult to work with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product is perfect to design projects and make animations with the indicate tools to your taste and your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For programming apps is the perfect tool, helps me to build all the features and central code.

Flash Builder review by User in Consumer Electronics
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"Easy to Use"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use. Mark up features are great to show 2D part and assembly drawing updates. The files are also always clear even when you zoom in a great amount.

What do you dislike?

I can't easily change the text size when adding comments. You can use the bold and the subscript features, but they do not allow me to easily change the overall size of the writing. This causes the writing to be unbalanced with the actual page being markup up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Change text size and add additional symbols to the mark up features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Good use for shared power points that should not be edited. It is also good for part drawing and other documentation mark ups.

Flash Builder review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Could use some improvement"

What do you like best?

I like that Abobe FB can be used with all platforms including Android and iOS. It is also nice to have built in support for any problems you may encounter.

What do you dislike?

It requires extra work just to change from view to view. The drag and drop view is not as easy to work with versus the Flex visual designer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to expand our business to a mobile platform. It is now easy for our customers to get a look at our business without needing to be on a computer. Especially those who are more on the elderly side.

Flash Builder review by Marty M.
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"Mature tool with all the necessary features"

What do you like best?

The IDE provides code hinting and quick navigation that is helpful. Also, it has extensive debugging capabilities.

What do you dislike?

No longer maintained so some of the exciting upcoming features were never implemented.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're still creating applications using ActionScript 3 and/or Flex, this is the most common and well used tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating complex web applications for document editing. Until recently, Flash was the best choice for creating applications of this nature.

Flash Builder review by Tu D.
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"Review for Adobe Flash Builder"

What do you like best?

good static type checker. Easy to use, nice looking

What do you dislike?

terrible caching file mechanism. I have to restart after 2-3 hours working, Building Time very long

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

improve caching file mechanism, building time

Flash Builder review by Hardik S.
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"Best IDE for large scale projects"

What do you like best?

Faster way to develop complex UI applications for reporting, web GUI, pop up ads and analytics among other things. If you are an expert using this tool, you can build complex applications with lot of ease.

What do you dislike?

When we started, apple ios was not supported. You need to be at expert level to build impressive projects. Very expensive and resource heavy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you understand the scope of your project end to end and evaluate other players in the area for comparison. You may or may not require this based on your requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reporting, Web GUI and analytics

Flash Builder review by Martin A.
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"Adobe Flash Builder 4.7"

What do you like best?

The Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 it's the official IDE from Adobe to create project using Actionscript 3.0. You can built Flash game, mobile Air application for Android and Apple iOS, web app with Apache Flex. The Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 IDE have been built on top of Eclipse.

What do you dislike?

The Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 isn't been update since dec 2012 by Adobe. In previous version the IDE included a design mode that was intuitive and was a nice feature. Since Adobe "give" the Flex Framework to Apache, their is no new features or evolutions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try multiple solutions, and keep the best!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 still a good IDE to code Adobe Air projects.

Flash Builder review by Consultant in Civil Engineering
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"Reliable program"

What do you like best?

The program platform makes creating very simple.

What do you dislike?

It's very easy to go over in size. If there was a better measuring tool to tell what size file you are getting up to, that would be helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's important to have an idea what you'd like to build when starting. It's very hard to go back and change the core of your development once you've gotten significant production. Also, spend some time playing with your options. There may be something you'll discover that you didn't even think of.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this program to develop mobile applications to use out in the field. Benefits include easy to use data recorder.

Flash Builder review by faiyaz z.
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"Good quality"

What do you like best?

Frappuccino Blended Coffee and hot chocolate

What do you dislike?

mostly all starbucks are small and less sitting areas

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

run fast

Flash Builder review by Sham B.
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"Best Web application environment, but uses Flash player as its delivery platform."

What do you like best?

Fastest way to develop web applications: far quicker to develop complex UX than any existing JavaScript based stack.

What do you dislike?

Uses Flash player as its delivery platform, which is generally accepted as deprecated for new build.

NB - There may be a resurgence of Flex via FlexJS, which uses a browser native (JavaScript) platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Flex (the framework behind Flash builder) is now open source, and you should consider using a non-adobe IDE, such as Flash-Develop or InteliJ IDEA.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Campaign management (on-line advertising).

Reporting (on-line advertising).

Other business to business front ends

Benefits:

Ease of use and development speed vs other technologies.

Insulation from browser compatibility issues.

Flash Builder review by User
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"User-friendly FB aids in Easy Creation of Internet Applications"

What do you like best?

I really like interactive de-bugger the built-in code editors for MXML and actionscript. In addition, AFB use Object Oriented Language that makes it more user-friendly.

What do you dislike?

The command-line build capability that is currently available only on the premium version should be made available as a part of the standard application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The package has been designed keeping in mind a continuous flow of information between the designers and the developers. Quite user-friendly integrated development environment based on object oriented programming. I recommend Adobe Flash Builder to all those working on web design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily use Adobe Flash Player (the standard version) to create web and desktop applications and browser plug-ins. Benefits realised: ease of use, bi-directional streaming.

Flash Builder review by Saeed D.
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"A user friendly application with many possibilities "

What do you like best?

Generate a detailed audit trail of all data passed between the Flex application and the back end, assisting with debugging and performance tuning. Overall a solid option in its realm of applications attempting to accomplish the same task.

What do you dislike?

Very difficult to use when your operating system is Macintosh

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our employee portal works smoother with the built functions of Adobe Flash Builder.

Flash Builder review by Roy B.
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"Adobe - the new era "

What do you like best?

Integration and compatibility across different platforms

What do you dislike?

The required fee for continued use membership

Not a one time cost

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multiple employees

Ability to effectively communicate with them sharing information via PDF.

Scanned documents ,etc

Flash Builder review by Enrique F.
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"Imprescindible"

What do you like best?

Sin duda muy necesario para el trabajo y uso personal. El mejor y más popular programa del tratamiento de documentos digitales.

What do you dislike?

Utiliza formatos muy extendidos y es muy ágil en el tratamiento de los mismos.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Poder usar documentos recibidos en formatos poco utilizados.

Flash Builder review by Mathieu S.
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"Not the best for Flex"

What do you like best?

A couple of years ago, this was probably the best tool for Flex development (see later why it's not the best anymore):

- Fast project creation

- Perfectly integrated documentation

- Easy package building for all platforms: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows

What do you dislike?

Since Flex has been given to Apache (a couple of years ago), Flash Builder can't really be used for development with the latest SDK, but you still need it if you have old code to maintain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to switch to the latest Flex SDKs, I truly recommend IntelliJ IDEA.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It was true then, and it is still now (to my knowledge): Flex is the only technology that generates builds for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, without writing a single OS-specific line of code.

Kate from G2 Crowd

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