Adobe AIR vs. Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe AIR
Score 7.7 out of 10
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Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Syncfusion’s Essential Studio Enterprise Edition is a suite of 1,800+ software components and frameworks for developing web, mobile, and desktop applications. Its UI controls are designed to be flexible and are optimized for high performance. According to Syncfusion, the suite has users among 80% of the Fortune 500. Syncfusion enables users to speed the creation of modern user interfaces and read and write common file formats. Syncfusion states they have supplied components to 1 million+…
$395
per month Team of up to 5 members.
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Adobe AIRSyncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Adobe AIRSyncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsoA subscription license that covers a team of up to 5 members is available for $395 per month. Transferable license and portal included. oA subscription license that covers a team of up to 10 members is available for $695 per month. Transferable license and portal included. oFor teams of more than 10, Syncfusion's sales team can prepare a custom quote. oSyncfusion offers subscription licenses that are suited to every organization's structure and needs. In addition to the Team Licenses described above, Project, Division, and Global subscription licenses are also available. Last updated: March 6, 2023 
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Adobe AIRSyncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition
Small Businesses
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
Score 9.0 out of 10
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React
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Adobe AIRSyncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition
Likelihood to Recommend
5.7
(9 ratings)
8.6
(27 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe AIRSyncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
I would recommend [Adobe AIR] because it works very well, I just wish there were more resources out there on it to help the onboarding.
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Syncfusion
The datagrid is probably their most popular control I would think. It is so flexible and configurable. Most of mine are plain views in ASP.NET Core, but I have a whole bunch that are dynamically created at runtime in my controller. That is so powerful.
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Pros
Adobe
  • Adobe AIR supports a lot of commonly needed features for mobile app development.
  • It is fairly stable and consistent once you learn how to use it.
  • It is cross-platform and is supported by some useful third-party plugins.
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Syncfusion
  • The functionalities of the grids are very awesome. Withe then, the user interacts naturally with the system.
  • The support of the framework is one of the best and mora faster than I know, congrutalions for that.
  • I think one of the best options is the multiple versions to download. With that, it dose not matter what operation system or type of develop you are going to use, this framework is ver good.
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Cons
Adobe
  • Over the course of months/years, various security exploits and other issues are discovered and patched in AIR, often requiring you to rebuild and resubmit mobile apps to the various storefronts. This happens often enough that it's worth mentioning as a major con.
  • While development on Adobe AIR seems to be fairly constant, there is very little communication between the community and Adobe regarding the future and general support of AIR. The track record of Flash (and particularly Flash Mobile) does not inspire much confidence that Adobe intends to support Flash/AIR for years to come.
  • Adobe AIR does not seem to perform as well (in terms of raw performance, memory usage, framerates, responsiveness, etc.) as other hybrid solutions for certain tasks. For example using shaders tends to be experimental still, and graphic/animation intensive projects often require the use of third party frameworks such as Starling.
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Syncfusion
  • Sometimes links point to dead addresses in the documentation.
  • Some components have a difficult learning curve but that is usually due to the complexity of the control.
  • Minor version changes introduce breaking changes, for example updating from 20.1.x to 20.2.x gives us licensing errors, which in my opinion is a kind of breaking change as it requires all users to update their licenses.
  • Theming with CSS variables is not possible. Access to Theme Studio code is not possible. So a fully custom solution is needed to make Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition components themeable with CSS variables.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adobe
No answers on this topic
Syncfusion
It takes effort to include a new component library into existing software, especially in our case where we have 5 large applications that are written and maintained by about 100 developers. So changing such a core thing comes with a lot of effort. The other reason we will very likely renew our use of Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition is that it works really well and has helped us to speed up the development process.
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Usability
Adobe
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.
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Syncfusion
It is very intuitive and easy to use with a very wide array of tools.
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Support Rating
Adobe
No answers on this topic
Syncfusion
Although I have decades of software development experience, I had never created a website from scratch before, and my html and css skills are not particularly strong. Between documentation and incredible dedication from the support team they helped me overcome all of my challenges. It's amazing that they typically create sample code for most of the issues that I submitted. On rare occasions where I uncovered a defect they kept me informed as to its status, and typically resolved it in a short-term release, and/or gave me a reasonable workaround. They hopped on zoom calls with me on multiple occasions when necessary.
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Implementation Rating
Adobe
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Syncfusion
Feedback from the team has been very positive.
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Alternatives Considered
Adobe
Originally, Adobe AIR was the only game in town, and its blend of flexibility in platforms it could publish to (PC, Mac, iOS, Android), ease of use, and familiarity made it the clear choice. Now Adobe no longer supports it, and we’ve found the transition to Harmon unworkable for us.
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Syncfusion
Firstly, there is a free version for small businesses and it allows you to jump start without risk. I found one of the other products a bit short in the number of out-of-the-box supported events handlers for each control and, although you can manually add them, I feel more comfortable to just have them ready. After using the free version I just felt in love with Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition controls and decided to stay with them; they have all I need and more. The usage of Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition controls is straightforward and intuitive. Support is world-class even for the free version; you get answers in 24 hours at most. Also, the support team is ready to remotely connect to your project in case it is needed; we have had one situation like this, and the issue was solved.
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Return on Investment
Adobe
  • Allows easy porting of functionality and look and feel to many diverse platforms.
  • Shorten development and deployment time.
  • Reduced training and support costs by re-using common widgets.
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Syncfusion
  • First of all, I think the best positive impact is the reduce of time development. I do not know exactly how much time, but certainly, using the framework we save a lot of effort and time.
  • About negative impact, sometimes using the controls of the framewrok have a signifcant impact in the execution time and page load.
  • And of course, the use of Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition has a significant impact of the learning of javascript and JQUERY.
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