Trying FDT for a month

Ya I will be leaving my beloved Flash Develop to try out FDT for a month. I have been hearing a lot of good things about it and the programing department has been pushing to get everybody on Eclipse. I have tried Flex Builder before (ok, it was version 2) but I was not very impressed. Every thing seemed complicated for nothing. What I really like about Flash Develop is that it is so simple. To get you going it take 10 minutes and it is more user friendly than Eclipse (it takes less step to do something simple like start a project).  Also it is easier to get Animators who are more designer in spirit to use it.

But I at least want to give it a try, so that is what I will be using (almost) exclusively for the next month. The month after I will try Flash Builder 4 and compare it. That way I will be able to make a good decision about wich editor to use.

I have started using FDT today and I have already bumped into two problems: first a simple trace doesn’t trace in the console even in debug mode (in the FCHS console and the FDB console whatever these are). Secondly the SWFViewer doesn’t seem to be the Debug player so I don’t see the runtime errors. These might be related problems and should be easy enough to fix, but it should be more obvious than it is right now.

If you know any tutorial about FDT, send them my way, I want to know everything I can about it during that month; I will read everything!

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  1. #1 by Niel - October 28th, 2009 at 06:56

    Hi, use the sos for tracing.

    grz Niel

  2. #2 by Pedro Canterini - October 28th, 2009 at 07:19

    Hi mate, I think you are going to like FDT a lot. TextMate is still my favorite but FDT is what I use when I need to work on a pc.

    Try this:

  3. #3 by Undersound - October 28th, 2009 at 08:02


    Select the Adobe Flash Player in viewer configuration
    Run –> Run configurations –> Select your Launch Configuration file –> “Start” tab –> Viewer configuration.

    Make sure you point out to the Debug version of the player in Windows –> Preferences –> FDT –> Tools –> Flash –> Flash Player. In my case the path is C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Flash CS4\Players\Debug\FlashPlayer.exe but you should adjust this to wherever your Debug player resides.


  4. #4 by - October 28th, 2009 at 10:57

    @ Undersound
    Thx man, using the Adobe Debug Player instead of the SWFViewer I was able to see the runtime errors and the trace statment

  5. #5 by myrddin - November 6th, 2009 at 07:27

    Install Flash Player Debug for IE to user SWFViewer with trace and runtime errors in FDT.

  6. #6 by Ain Tohvri - September 11th, 2010 at 02:29

    Those willing to try out FDT this year, Powerflasher has announced the Open Beta programme as part of releasing FDT 4 Release Candidate:

    Free FDT 4 licence will be good until October 17th.

  7. #7 by Nico - September 8th, 2011 at 05:08

    Thank YOU!

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