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Alternative Flash RIA Development Tool FDT 3.1 Beta Released

| by Moxie Zhang Follow 0 Followers on Jul 30, 2008. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

Powerflasher recently released the standalone FDT 3.1 beta. FDT is an alternative development tool for rich Internet applications (RIAs) in Flash, ActionScript or Adobe AIR. FDT is also a plug-in for Eclipse, which turns it into a development environment for Flash and ActionScript coding. The new release moves makes Flex development faster and easier by supporting Flex SDK through the following enhancements:

  • Shipped Flex SDK (3.0.477)
  • FDT Intro Contribution
  • FDT Cheat Sheets
  • AIR Debug Launcher as SWF Viewer
  • AIR Release Launcher
  • SWC Outline view
  • QuickTrace (Ctrl+0/Command+0)

Who should use FDT? As FLEX{er} put it:

If you are already a professional used to working with professional development tools, you should go for FDT 3.0 Professional. A complete feature set supports you in handling huge projects with bulky source codes and libraries. Your whole team can benefit from FDT 3.0 Professional, because it simplifies your coding procedure.

If you need solutions to tricky tasks and want to benefit from Powerflasher's latest achievements, you should go with FDT 3.0 Enterprise. This version offers not only extended support, but also an opportunity to team up with Flex experts by participating in well-priced training sessions, especially developed for our Enterprise customers. FDT 3.0 Enterprise is for the experts among the experts!

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Pricing? by Sam Corder

This software is incredibly expensive compared to the Adobe option. $515, $687, $1,032 for the Basic, Professional and Enterprise editions. I know the weaker dollar has made European goods more expensive but if you are the 3rd party and the little guy, you have to out do and undercut your competition. Flex Builder is only $249 and $699 for the standard and professional versions. While from a hobbyist perspective that is high, there is no way I'll even look at something that is more expensive and from a 3rd party.

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