FlashDevelop 3.1.0 released

It still pains me when I see Flash developers coding huge chunks of ActionScript in the IDE or some text editor that offers precious little more than syntax colouring. I don’t consider the code insight of editors like FlashDevelop a “nice to have”, I consider them vital in making me a productive developer. I can spot syntax / structure errors faster, I can jump back/forth between methods/classes. I can see an overall organisational tree of of my project, allowing me to organise my classes as best I need.

I find the mentality that this is somehow “wrong” more than a little disturbing. It’s like HTML developers who claim they only use Notepad, as if that’s some kind of badge of honor. It’s not. It’s a badge of stupidity.

For quick tests the IDE is fine. For anything serious do yourself a favour and use a proper tool. You may be surprised at how much faster you get stuff done as a result.

In light of this I was really happy to read that Flash Develop 3.1.0 is out. It has some awesome new features, multi-project support being my absolute favourite. Here is the official change list. Download link at the bottom.

  • Real MXML completion implemented
  • Flash Player 10.1 and Flex 4 support added
  • Initial simple refactoring support added
  • Global excluded directories added to Tasks
  • Embed generation now added for all filetypes
  • Proper file encoding behaviour without BOM added
  • HTML ZenCoding implementation added (Control + B)
  • Output panel is now searchable (Highlight, F3 and Shift+F3)
  • Simple multiproject support with batch compiling added (1*)
  • Compiler constants and timestamp added now automaticly
  • Code completion is now fed with classes from SDK sources
  • Japanese localization added (Settings -> SelectedLocale)
  • HaXe on demand completion added (patch from filt3r)
  • Additional keyword groups added to the config
  • Code completion improvements and bug fixes
  • General UI improvements and bug fixes

Grab it from here.

Posted on April 24th 2010 at 10:57 am by .
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  • April 24th 2010 at 11:45 am

    Yes, I love FlashDevelop, don’t know how I coded anything medium to large in the Flash IDE, those were dark, dark days 😀

  • April 24th 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Well said Rich, I couldnt agree more with everything you said!

  • April 25th 2010 at 9:38 am

    As i wrote on FlashDevelop Forum:

    I always loved Flashdevelop, spread the word about it and wanted to make a donation. Today i downloaded the new version. Refactoring and MXML support was exactly what i was looking for. I made my donation within seconds. Great work Flashdevelop Team !

  • April 25th 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Glad to see my favorite programming tool being updated, just downloaded and installed after I saw this. They should add something that tells you there is an update in the next version; I only updated because I saw this post, wasn’t aware there was one from simply using the program. I completely agree on the html in notepad thing, it’s cool to be ABLE to program in just notepad, but if you do it just because you can, it becomes plain stupid.

  • May 10th 2010 at 5:10 am


    The start page, (off the view menu if you closed it), does check for a more updated version. There’s also a ‘Check for Updates’ option in the help menu.

    Though saying that, I didn’t realize there was a new version until I saw this post. :) I’ll be updating after I finish my current project… looking forward to the proper embed generation for sounds!

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