Thursday, July 24, 2008

Open Dialect, the future of Open Source Flash IDE

Open Dialect is the name of the software we are going to talk about in this post. To explain more about this software, I would like to answer few questions that everyone would be curious to know when we talk about Open Dialect the Open Source Flash IDE. The answers to these questions help you understand this software.

  • What is Open Dialect?

  • Why we are calling it the future of open source flash IDEs?

  • How is it going to serve your flash application development needs?

  • What are some of the main features of Open Dialect?

  • Is it operating system independent?

  • Does it also support the creation of Adobe AIR applications?

  • What does it need from the Flash and open source communities?

Answer 1: Open Dialect is an open source Flash IDE based on Flex. Open Dialect is written in C# using the .NET 2.0 framework (or Mono 1.9.1). The goal of the project is to create a tool that allows you to create Interactive Learning Environments that interact with System Dynamics Models over the internet. In simpler terms it allows you to easily and quickly design rich internet applications based on Flash.

Answer 2: Flash is a powerful tool used by many and having an open source and Linux compatible alternative implementation of this tool is something you can not ignore. I believe that Open Dialect is the best open source Flash IDE, and will continue to be in the future.

Answer 3: Open Dialect lets you create open source flash applications. You are able to generate Flash 9 SWFs with Open Dialect. It will allow anyone from a flash expert to a flash noob to create rich internet applications very easily and quickly. Open Dialect supports 17 different components, which respond to a wide range of user input and interaction With Open Dialect; you will be provided everything that is required to develop flash applications in an open source environment.

Answer 4: Open Dialect is packed with cool features. Some of the features are-

  • Its free and Open Source (GPL)

  • It allows quick and easy application development no matter what your level of expertise is.

  • It has an action script code wizard for beginners.

  • It also allows experts to enter code without the wizard.

  • It has a timeline to facilitate animations (and tweening is done automatically)

  • It supports something we call "Pages" which are essentially different screens in an application or slides like in PowerPoint so you can now design your applications like you design your PowerPoint’s, and transitioning between pages is simple and easy.

  • It supports the creation of Adobe AIR content.
Answer 5: Yes, Open Dialect is operating system independent. It works on Windows, Linux and can be run in OSX (with a little extra effort at this time).

Answer 6: Open Dialect as I already said is the future of open source Flash IDEs. Not only you can generate Flash 9 SWF, you can also create Adobe AIR applications for you and your client’s desktops.

Answer 7: Open Dialect can become a whole lot more exciting if it gets support from Flash, community. The software is very powerful and has a great future ahead. All it needs is the support to make it a big success. If you like Open Dialect and you think that it can make your life easier with open source flash applications, you can always take part in its development. Open Dialect especially needs support from communities for its deployment on Linux and OSX.

Very recently Open Dialect released Open Dialect 0.6.0 which has more new features as well as enhancements over existing features. Open Dialect is committed to deliver its best to the open source communities. I would request open source communities to be a part of the success of Open Dialect by providing more and more support and motivation to its development team.

More details about Open Dialect are available here. You will also be interested to read the need for a System Dynamics based Open Source, Online Interactive Learning Environment Creation Tool. You can find it here.
You can see the power of Open Dialect with the very basic demo here and

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