Flashdevelop

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FlashDevelop offers first class support for ActionScript (2 & 3) and Haxe development. Great completion & code generation, projects compilation & debugging, plenty of project templates, SWF/SWC exploration etc. FlashDevelop is also a great web development IDE with source-control support (svn, git, mercurial), tasks, snippets, XML/HTML completion and zen-coding for HTML.

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Flashdevelop review by Leighton F.
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"Flashdevelop is a Highly Underrated IDE"

What do you like best?

Light, fast, clean, and much more intuitive than most IDE's. Flashdevelop streamlines the development of Adobe Air apps (Actionscript 2/3), but also supports syntax highlighting for a wide variety of other languages. Flashdevelop can automatically install the needed SDK's and provides you with a variety of template projects and scripts to make creating multi-platform apps as simple as possible. This is without any doubt the best means of developing iOS apps on Windows (Yes, it is possible!). Flashdevelop is a hidden gem that far too few are aware of. Best of all, it's FREE! You had might as well try it, as it will cost you nothing.

What do you dislike?

After using FlashDevelop for years, I haven't encountered anything worth complaining over. If I had to choose something, it would simply be an aesthetic upgrade, however the vast majority of IDE's are not terribly well designed in aesthetics - actually Flashdevelop is still among the better ones, especially as it offers a selection of themes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's free, so why not give it a shot?

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

Flashdevelop in combination with the Adobe Air SDK has enabled me to develop apps that run on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android, and Blackberry, with nearly identical code. So few seem to be aware that this is possible. The time and effort I've said is immeasurable.

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Flashdevelop review by Kyle J.
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"Flashdevelop Review"

What do you like best?

I have been using for pretty much my whole career in developing and coding FlashDevelop. Things that I like about FlashDevelop is that it's very easy to get used to, especially if you are new to coding. It's a free application so it's a good alternative for businesses who can not afford the money for other programs that cost money. Granted, those programs are probably better but FlashDevelop works just fine and is something that I would recommend to a lot of people. It's UI is clean and nice so it will help with people who need to have an organized application or workstation. All my employees that have used FlashDeveloped have made huge progress on their projects and get them done much faster than usual. FlashDevelop also has great support for ActionScript and Haxe development. It's a very good application to generate code and compile it as well as debugging code.FlashDevelop can also be used for web development and it is all open source.

What do you dislike?

I do not dislike many things about FlashDevelop, however, FlashDevelop is not close to the other applications that are more popular but it does get the job done and my workers seem to like it so I don't see too many problems with FlashDevelop.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really recommend other businesses and people to use FlashDevelop. I have been using this pretty much my whole career and it works fine for me and my employees. This works and I encourage others to try to use this app if they are in a predicament

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

FlashDevelop is open source which many of my employees like. My whole company uses FlashDevelop and I have realized that for a small company, this program gets the job done as effective as pretty much anything else. Benefits business wise is that it is cheap. Evey employee uses FlashDevelop at my company and I will continue to use it as long as it is being effective for the workers.

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Flashdevelop review by User in Computer Games
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"Essential for any Flash/AIR/Haxe/OpenFL developers using a Windows Environment"

What do you like best?

FlashDevelop is a must-have for anyone developing Flash and Adobe AIR software. Code completion speed by far is the fastest I've ever seen in any IDE for any language. Pressing a key pops up the code completion panel instantaneously, and it has never showed a degradation in performance even in projects with hundreds of source files, some of which being tens of thousands of lines long in some cases. Not to mention the debugger is a godsend.

It is also by far the best windows IDE for developing with OpenFL and Haxe. It gets all the same benefits of AS3 code intelligence for the Haxe language.

What do you dislike?

Its plugin community is not all that well maintained. While there are some extremely useful plugins, some are buggy (and some will break when there is a major update). Its internal update mechanism "AppMan" could also be improved, as some of the tools you choose to install are not a simple one-and-done process (and possibly could be if implemented)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Developers who are still building their Flash/AIR products directly through the Adobe Flash/Animate IDE should migrate over right away. It's very simple and will have a huge impact on the speed of your future workflows. Simply use Adobe Flash/Animate as an asset creation tool instead (.SWCs) and use FlashDevelop for all of your ActionScript purposes.

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

It has cut down build times for Flash projects significantly compared to using the Adobe Flash (Animate) IDE, and encourages keeping source code out of the Flash .fla timeline. This is made it much easier to maintain code bases of a massive size, especially since loading assets into a project from .SWC files is a breeze with the IDE

Flashdevelop review by Daniel S.
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"Much better than Flash Professional"

What do you like best?

Much more robust IDE than Adobe Flash Professional.

What do you dislike?

Not quite as enjoyable of an experience as using other more user-friendly IDEs.

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

I have written ActionScript in Adobe Flash Professional and it just isn't an effective IDE. FlashDevelop includes many features that Flash Professional does not, even basic things like searching a whole project or refactoring. It's not the best IDE that I have used in my career but for simple ActionScript development it gets the job done comfortably, which cannot be said about Adobe's offering.

Flashdevelop review by User in Computer Games
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"Great AS3 Tool"

What do you like best?

FlashDevelop is a great light-weight tool for developing in ActionScript, it makes joint development easy and is very flexible for different project types.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I find myself disliking about FlashDevelop is not being able to figure out all the customization for code style/layout. Somehow, no matter what settings I tweak, the auto layout is never what I want, so I only use it sparingly and then have to adjust.

I have also heard complaints about it not working on Mac, but I never work on a Mac so cannot verify.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your developers will all have access to development on Windows machines, I highly recommend it!

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

We use FlashDevelop across the company, for developing our AS3 projects. It's flexible and extremely useful. Having a lightweight Flash development tool is key in being productive as a Flash developer.

Flashdevelop review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Over all a good IDE and has nice code completion"

What do you like best?

FlashDevelop has first-class support for Haxe development, the open source toolkit based on a modern programming language and cross-platform library. It's quite useful for game development due to its rapid compile and run times, as well as its great debugging functionality with FlashDevelop.

What do you dislike?

FlashDevelop is for Windows only, and it's not cross-platform either, which I wish is not the case as I am mainly a mac user.

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

I have used it to develop games as well as to develop plugins. I specifically like using this IDE because it is very useful for carrying out high-speed HTML coding and editing.

Flashdevelop review by Luis V.
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"The best free IDE for AS3"

What do you like best?

I like it because It is a very lightweight IDE, it can work in diferent PC without incovenient. You can create several kinds of project like AS3, Adobe AIR, Haxe and even PHP.

I love its shortcuts they are life saver.

What do you dislike?

I should have an auto update option for adobe air sdk.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you come for a Visual Studio enviroment, this is almost the same, you will loved as mucha I do

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

It allow us to organize our projects in more elegant way.

Flashdevelop review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"A great dev env to write simulations with ActionScript 3"

What do you like best?

We all know that Flash has been modified as a danger due to all it's security issues, but you can't argue as a software developer on how elegant ActionScript 3 is, at least that's my opinion.

The fact that you can get a free IDE to work in Flash, that is compatible with Adobe Flash and Adobe FLEX projects, that it has it's own package manager to download debug tools, compilers, additional packages and more is just awesome.

It's free, it's constantly maintained and updated, has great support, tons of documentation and you can keep working in ActionScript 3, no matter what happened with Flash and with the new HTML5 technologies.

What do you dislike?

This tool runs over Java so sometimes it can literally eat all your RAM memory.

Also, it doesn't have as many plugins compared to other IDEs for similar technologies like PHPStorm, WebStorm vs Eclipse, but I believe that's because not many developers are still working with ActionScript 3.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not much. If you are a software developer, you must have used some IDEs before like Eclipse vs PHPStorm or WebStorm, so you will be just fine.

It's very friendly since it has its own package manager so you won't have to mess with the path or complicated installations.

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

I have done several simulations with ActionScript 3 since the Flash technology is great for visual stuff, plus my knowledge and experience as a software developer and with Flash made it a good choice for this.

Flashdevelop review by Ralph C.
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"Efficient but still needs work"

What do you like best?

Amazing IDE and easy to use straight out of download

Code snippets that speed up coding

Very intelligent debugger with the implementation of using Flash CS6 and / or Flash Player within FlashDevelop

Very good plugins to use like Flex PMD (a little picky but good for holding coding conventions

Very good online resource and extensive library. Great documentation and Wiki.

What do you dislike?

No further support for some of its plugins. (Flex PMD, FlexUnit, etc)

Tedious to setup with FlashCS6 (Flex Builder is seamless)

Making folder structures on the fly is a pain within the program. Learn from Microsoft Visual Studios.

FlashDevelop should include automatically a PMD, a Unit Tester, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Similar to FlexBuilder and Visual Studios, this is a great IDE to use for coding in AS3 and other flash languages from previous versions. I would like to mention that to take full advantage of this application, look into some of the plugins and potentially external libraries like greensocket or Starling for additional usage.

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

Implementing and creating new software applications in AS3 and possibly HTML5 in the near future.

Flashdevelop review by User in Education Management
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"Flash Developer for three years"

What do you like best?

I have used Flashdevelop for more than three years now. It is a very powerful tool in elearning. The good thing about flash is that, it can be used by both a designer and a developer at the same time. The tool is great at building games too.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes things become complicated in Flash develop especially if someone is just a beginner. it would be a better idea if there is more tutorials than now for fresh developers to get an insight on how to get things done in flashdevelop.

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

I use it for developing games, and interactive elearning content. The tool is great at collaboration and trusted among many developers

Flashdevelop review by Amos L.
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"Great replacement to IDE to Eclipse/ Flash Builder"

What do you like best?

Overall a solid and robust IDE.

It's native and lightweight, with minimal Java dependencies.

The code completion and core IDE functionality is top-notch, for both re factoring and browsing through massive amounts of files.

What do you dislike?

The mechanism to integrate AIR SDK could use some work -

It's always one version behind in the SDK tab of the project settings.

My complaints are for minor issues.

For mobile development - although greatly improved, the build process relies heavily on DOS batch scripts.

Also, the keyboard shortcuts are non-standard.

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

Game development for mobile and desktop.

FD gives excellent productivity and does not stand in the way of processes.

Flashdevelop review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent tool. Something you would miss on OSX."

What do you like best?

Simplicity, speed and openness. Being a windows user that is the best Action Script (and not only) code editor ever made.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to say I dislike anything about that software. What I wish for is more HTML5 support in the future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not only Action Script but opening new window to HaXe world. Probably the best if not only robust IDE for that platform. Good enough support to fiddle with HTML5.

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

Senior Front End developer working as Freelancer and consultant.

Flashdevelop review by Alberto S.
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"Flashdevelop review"

What do you like best?

Zero budget version of Adobe Flash. Adds more features than the actual official product.

What do you dislike?

Compatible with Windows only. Needs additional installations to properly work for Flash programming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider multi-platform support.

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

I was able to make a quick prototype SWF file, the building process is quick and effective.

Flashdevelop review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Computer Software
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"Very versatile"

What do you like best?

One tool that helps the development of Adobe Flash websites, web applications, desktop applications and video games.

What do you dislike?

Haven't found an issue with using it yet.

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

One tool that works for many issues that developers face with creating.

Flashdevelop review by User in E-Learning
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"Flashdevelop review"

What do you like best?

F4 - jumping to the function

Managing projects

Search

What do you dislike?

It's a little complicated working with Air projects compare with Adobe

Recommendations to others considering the product

Light and easy tool

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

Defect fixing.

FD very useful tool even for js files

Flashdevelop review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"User and recommendor"

What do you like best?

Usablity is the key and this tool is easy to use.

What do you dislike?

No Dislikes. Comparable very good tool .

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

using it for Game development. User friendly.

Flashdevelop review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Flash it"

What do you like best?

Bandwidth efficient for multimedia content.

What do you dislike?

Slow performance is more annoying thing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes

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

Application design and front end

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