FlashDevelop vs. Flash Professional IDE

12 Aug

Well… I’ve been discussing this time numerous amount of times on GDR and I’m willing to just end this now.

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FD vs. Flash Pro CS (5.5 is the current new version)

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FlashDevelop:
Pros:

  • Simple to use
  • Lightweight
  • In addition to the Flex SDK, it has a better compiler.
  • Auto-complete/additional assistance

Cons:

  • Does not have a simple library.
  • Cannot be used to create a pre-made image.

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Flash Professional CS5.5:
Pros:

  • Also simple to use.
  • Library, in order to keep all images.
  • Can be used to make an image.
  • Has a ‘widget’ library that you can use to copypasta a pre-made class. (New update)

Cons:

  • Worse compiler than FD+Flex
  • A worse auto-complete function
  • More space taken up

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And there you have it. In terms of coding, FD seems to trump the Flash Pro IDE. However, in terms of graphics, it doesn’t stand up to Flash Pro.

I like to use FD to edit my code and Flash Pro CS4 (the version I use) to compile it and to use its library. The one downside to that is not being able to use the great compiler.

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