Amethyst - Flash for Visual Studio 2010
Written by Ian Elliot   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The barrier between .NET programmers and Flash has been broken down a bit by the release of Amethyst, a Flash IDE within Visual Studio.

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Even .NET programmers sometimes want to create or work with a Flash application. Until now this has involved giving up Visual Studio and working with Eclipse or a custom IDE from Adobe. Now the UK-based company SapphireSteel Software, known for its Ruby Visual Studio based IDE, has produced Amethyst, a drag-and-drop IDE that works within Visual Studio. You can use it to build Flex, AIR and ActionScript based projects using nothing but Visual Studio and a drag-and-drop interface designer. 

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As well as allowing .NET programmers to use their familiar tools to build Flash applications Amethyst also provides the first real alternative to the Adobe IDEs.

The designer can round-trip to code and back and you can interact with the controls in "live mode". It also supports most of the conventions that a VS user would expect - double click on a control creates an event handler, properties can be set using the property window, and there is multi-level undo, code coloring, code folding and intellisense with code completion. You can also automatically refactor code and generally use smart editing features.

 

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When it comes to testing there is the Cylon debugger which provides a similar set of features to the native VS debugger - single step, breakpoints, locals, watch, immediate window and so on. You can also use existing Adobe tools and import existing projects. You can even share a project with the Flash IDE.

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Amethyst Professional sells for $249.

A free 60-day Trial is available. At the end of the trial period, the software degrades to Amethyst Personal (a free, limited feature version of the software) unless a licence is purchased.

It sounds as if it is worth trying out.

More information from: http://www.sapphiresteel.com

 

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