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Score 9.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Visual Studio IDE is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

6.0

Adobe AIR

60%
10 Ratings
9.1

Visual Studio IDE

91%
100 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe AIR

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Visual Studio IDE

100%
3 Ratings

Usability

7.0

Adobe AIR

70%
1 Rating
9.0

Visual Studio IDE

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Adobe AIR

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8

Visual Studio IDE

88%
28 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe AIR

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.
Yosef Ing | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

It's useful for app development, debugging, and testing. I've been using it for two years and have seen it grow into a fantastic tool. All of the features, NuGet packages, and settings that enable different types of projects are fantastic. It also has a connection to Azure DevOps and Git. It's a fantastic product that's simple to use.
Manoj Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe AIR

  • Fast of build project: very good tools to developers
  • Multiplatform: has the promise of deploying one application package for multiple platforms
  • Easy of use: fast developing
  • Perfect tools: instrument are simply but powerful
  • Good documentation
  • Make App for Android, iOS, Desktop
  • It's very time/cost efficient: saves great amount of time
Stefano Monti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • Since Microsoft offers a free Community Edition of the IDE many of our new developers have used it at home or school and are very familiar with the user interface, requiring little training to move up to the paid, enterprise-friendly editions we use.
  • The online community support for Visual Studio is outstanding, as solid or better than any other commercial or open-source project software.
  • Microsoft continuously keeps the product up to date and has maintained a history of doing so. They use it internally for their own development so there is little chance it will ever fall out of favor and become unsupported.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe AIR

  • It is cumbersome to update if you use Flash Builder.
  • It still relies on Flash and vector graphics and therefore can have poor performance unless you are using a third-party library such as Starling.
  • It is updated somewhat slowly and is still missing some useful features such as controller support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • Certain settings and features can sometimes be challenging to locate. The interface isn't always intuitive.
  • Sometimes there are too many ways to do the same thing. For example, users can quickly add a new workspace in Source Control Explorer when a local path shows as "Not Mapped," but it doesn't indicate that the user might want to check the dropdown list of workspaces. The shortcut of creating a new workspace by clicking on the "Not Mapped" link can lead to developers creating too many workspaces and causing workspace management to become unwieldy. If the shortcut link were removed, the user would be forced to use the Workspace dropdown. While it can add an extra step to the process, workspaces would be managed more easily, and this would enforce consistency. At the very least, there should be a high-level administrative setting to hide the shortcut link.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe AIR

General

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

Starting Price

Adobe AIR Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Visual Studio IDE

General

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

Starting Price

$45 per month

Visual Studio IDE Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$45.001
Enterprise$250.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe AIR

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 10.0
Based on 3 answers
VS is the best and is required for building Microsoft applications. The quality and usefulness of the product far out-weight the licensing costs associated with it.
Gordon Lo | 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

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The thing I like the most is Visual Studio doesn't suffer from Microsoft's over eager marketing department who feel they need to redesign the UI (think Office and windows) which forces users to loose large amounts of productivity having to learn software that they had previously known.
John P. Maher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe AIR

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 8.8
Based on 28 answers
Between online forums like StackOverflow, online documentation, MSDN forums, and the customer support options, I find it very easy to get support for Visual Studio IDE when I need it. If desired, one can also download the MSDN documentation about the IDE and have it readily available for any support needs.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe AIR

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.
Jon Marr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

I personally feel Visual Studio IDE has [a] better interface and [is more] user friendly than other IDEs. It has better code maintainability and intellisense. Its inbuilt team foundation server help coders to check on their code then and go. Better nugget package management, quality testing and gives features to extract TRX file as result of testing which includes all the summary of each test case.
Rohit Goyal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe AIR

  • 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.
John Mihaila | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • We've had hundreds of hours saved by the rapid development that Visual Studio provides.
  • We've lost some time in the Xamarin updates. However, being cross platform, we ultimately saved tons of time not having to create separate apps for iOS and Android.
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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