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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 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 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"

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 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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""Fundamental for any Flash/AIR/Haxe/OpenFL engineers utilizing a Windows Environment""

What do you like best?

FlashDevelop is an absolute necessity have for anybody creating Flash and Adobe AIR programming. Code consummation speed by a long shot is the quickest I've at any point found in any IDE for any language. Squeezing a key springs up the code finish board momentarily, and it has never demonstrated a debasement in act even in activities with many source records, some of which being a huge number of lines long at times. Also the debugger is a godsend.It is in like manner by far the best windows IDE for making with OpenFL and Haxe. It gets every single comparative favorable position of AS3 code understanding for the Haxe tongue.

What do you dislike?

FlashDevelop is for Windows just, and it's not cross-stage either, which I wish isn't the situation as I am for the most part a macintosh user.Also, it doesn't have the same number of modules contrasted with different IDEs for comparable advances like PHPStorm, WebStorm versus Eclipse, yet I trust that is on the grounds that relatively few designers are as yet working with ActionScript 3.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Like FlexBuilder and Visual Studios, this is an incredible IDE to use for coding in AS3 and other glimmer dialects from past forms. I might want to make reference to that to take full favorable position of this application, investigate a portion of the modules and possibly outer libraries like greensocket or Starling for extra utilization.

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

utilizing it for Game improvement. Client friendly.Implementing and making new programming applications in AS3 and perhaps HTML5 in the close future.It enable us to sort out our ventures in progressively rich way.

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"my working experience with Flashdevelop"

What do you like best?

FlashDevelop is an absolute necessity have for anybody creating Flash and Adobe AIR programming. Code fulfillment speed by a long shot is the quickest I've at any point found in any IDE for any dialect. Squeezing a key springs up the code finishing board promptly, and it has never demonstrated a debasement in execution even in undertakings with many source records, some of which being a huge number of lines long at times. Also the debugger is a gift from heaven.

It is likewise by a long shot the best windows IDE for creating with OpenFL and Haxe. It gets all similar advantages of AS3 code insight for the Haxe dialect.

What do you dislike?

Its module network isn't too all around kept up. While there are some incredibly valuable modules, some are surrey (and some will break when there is a noteworthy refresh). Its inner refresh instrument "AppMan" could likewise be enhanced, as a portion of the apparatuses you introduce are not a straightforward one-and-done process (and could be whenever executed)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Engineers who are as yet constructing their Flash/AIR items specifically through the Adobe Flash/Animate IDE ought to move over immediately. It's basic and will hugy affect the speed of your future work processes. Basically use Adobe Flash/Animate as a benefit creation instrument rather (.SWCs) and use FlashDevelop for the majority of your ActionScript purposes.

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

It has chopped down form times for Flash activities essentially contrasted with utilizing the Adobe Flash (Animate) IDE, and empowers keeping source code out of the Flash .fla course of events. This is made it a lot simpler to keep up code bases of a huge size, particularly since stacking resources into a task from .SWC records is a breeze with the IDE

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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 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

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"Great piece of software to have for any Flash or Adobe developers not using a Mac!"

What do you like best?

I would feel that this is a must have piece of software to have in your arsenal if you are an Adobe developer using Windows as an OS. It is a very fast code completer as well. It is very easy to learn and use as well. It has that Adobe feel and look to it, so if you have used other Adobe apps this will not have a long learning curve at all.

What do you dislike?

The "AppMan" integrated updater is horrible. It is buggy, clunky and I feel either needs to be eliminated or overhauled completely. It is a good idea, just not implemented well. I remember certain aspects of it needing updated and it took forever for those updates to roll out.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is great to use, but do not rely on the integrated updater.

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

Saving time building Flash projects. Easy to organize bigger code bases.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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"Flashdevelop not bad, but not good. "

What do you like best?

What I like best is FlashDevelop provides very efficient debugging features. Which was a problem I was having.

What do you dislike?

What I like the dislike the most is FlashDevelop is for Windows only, and it's not cross-platform either.

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

Well, FlashDevelop is open source whicjbis helpful. I use FlashDevelop and I have realized that for a small company, this program gets the job done. Also very light.

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"Flashdev"

What do you like best?

if a device or browser supports flash plugin, playback will be executed in seperate swf container and will not conflict with other dom objects and elements in html.

What do you dislike?

lash plugin is not supported anymore in many mobile devices (Android and IOS) so you will need to stick with html video.

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

he program doesn’t hold back the creativity.

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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 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.

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

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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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

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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 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.

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

Senior Front End developer working as Freelancer and consultant.

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"Free and open source flash code editor"

What do you like best?

- It is free

- It is open source

- It allows you to program flash components

- Preview flash components

What do you dislike?

It is a tool that is not updated frequently and is less easy to use than other similar payment tools

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

It allows you to program flash components

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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 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.

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"about flashdevelop"

What do you like best?

i use everyday FlashDevelop site to increase my coding skills. its very useful

What do you dislike?

am not too much fan for this. because i use most of the time ide's not online websites.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

yes

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

improving coding skills

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

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

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

Defect fixing.

FD very useful tool even for js files

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

using it for Game development. User friendly.

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

Application design and front end

Flashdevelop User Ratings

8.5
Ease of Use
Average: 8.9*
8.0
Quality of Support
Average: 8.6*
10.0
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.4*
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