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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR is well-suited for a developer who is already familiar with Flash and AS3. It is well-suited for 2D app development using Starling or another third-party graphics library. However, to be used appropriately and avoid errors and poor performance, a basic understanding of programming principles is needed, so it's not great for a designer who hasn't studied a lot of coding.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DevExpress Universal

Great for analytical tools, can make pretty quick and powerful apps. Not as easy to use to make mobile applications, or applications that tie into existing databases. The latter is possible, but it is not as easy as creating a database from scratch. Also, their quick build tool is a little inflexible. Support is very good and quick to respond to queries.
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe AIR

  • Smooth transition from Flash/Actionscript 3, and ability to port older Flash projects to AIR with little to no code changes.
  • Ability to integrate custom and third party native extensions (ANE files) provides access to hardware and other APIs otherwise only exposed via native java/obj-c/swift.
  • Ability to code and test within a single IDE (Flash / Flash Builder / Flash Develop) makes it extremely easy to set up a project and development environment. The ability to use the Flash timeline is a huge advantage when doing animation.
  • The abundance of AS3/Flash examples and tutorials online provide a vast resource compared to other hybrid solutions.
Thomas Gorence | TrustRadius Reviewer

DevExpress Universal

  • Quick Development
  • Powerful pre-built templates
  • Wide array of datasets supported
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe AIR

  • Adobe Air applications are taxing on a user's CPU, especially considering how simple a lot of the apps are.
  • Updating and installing Air based applications is very user unfriendly, often asks for updates that are aggressively pushed to the front of the user.
  • As HTML 5 has gotten more and more sophisticated, for basic things a lot of times browser-based apps make a lot more sense.
Chris Cookson | TrustRadius Reviewer

DevExpress Universal

  • Documentation could be improved
  • Better examples of code in languages other than C
  • Better wizards for building applications
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Although Adobe AIR is just an SDK without an actual "UI" it's commonly used within Flash, Flash Builder, or FlashDevelop. Considering the integration with Flash IDE, there are very few tools that can compete with its features.
Thomas Gorence | TrustRadius Reviewer

DevExpress Universal

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Alternatives Considered

Adobe AIR

Appcelerator is open source and is very good, but my company wanted something more business-oriented and with more formal support.
William Alvarez | TrustRadius Reviewer

DevExpress Universal

DevExpress really is an expansion of DevExpress. I haven't tried too many other add-on tools to Visual Studio, but DevExpress is a valuable addition for us. We really like the dashboards and cards we can easily build within them, as well as the more powerful tools. As I stated earlier, we originally got a license because of the reporting package, but we tried the rest of the tools and found them just as valuable.
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe AIR

  • Disney Interactive ended up ultimately having to pivot drastically to switch entirely over to Unity for our tech stack due to lack of support for Air. During this transition, we lost a huge amount of good talent, and were forced to shutter many projects.
  • Prior to the switch to Unity, Air allowed us to quickly port several web games to mobile after overhauling the graphics to be bitmap rather than vector based.
  • Air allowed a small number of our developers to be able to transition to mobile before the elimination of all web flash positions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DevExpress Universal

  • Expansion of business apps
  • New powerful analysis
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe AIR

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

DevExpress Universal

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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