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General Questions

What is FDT?

FDT is an IDE for ActionScript, MXML, and Haxe development. Driven by own needs, FDT started out as an agency-internal solution but soon became a popular editor. The smart features increase your productivity and coding comfort.

What’s new in FDT 5

First of all, FDT 5 is Freemium: there is a fully functional version of FDT 5 available for free. This is the perfect edition to test FDT and create smaller projects. In addition to that there are new features: New Welcome Screen, ASDoc Support, Mobile Support (iOS Android), Haxe support, better refactoring (Extract Method, Extract Constant, Extract Local Variable, Convert Local Variable to Field), Merge AIR SDK.

Does FDT 5 still support AS2?

FDT 5 only supports ActionScript 3 projects. AS2 supports stopped after FDT 3.

What technologies is FDT good for?== With FDT you can develop ActionScript, MXML and HTML 5, JavaScript, WebGL, PHP (via Haxe) as well as technologies for mobile platforms like iOS and Android.

What platforms can I develop applications for?

With FDT you can address Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, as well as iOS and Android.

What’s the difference between FDT Free and FDT Max?

FDT Free is a fully functional free edition of FDT 5. You can download it free of charge and use it for any smaller project. FDT Free is the perfect IDE for small projects or to give FDT a try without time constraints. FDT Max is the unrestricted edition for all your advanced projects. You can purchase FDT 5 Max here.

How do I explain my boss why I want FDT 5 Max?

You want to get FDT 5 Max but don’t know how to convince your boss? Think about mentioning how much time you save with the advanced code completion, the live error highlighting, and refactoring. You can explain how efficiently you can address several platforms using Haxe. Note, that FDT is the only Flash IDE that runs on Linux. Explain how you can improve your productivity with the great variety of features.

Are there FDT banners, logos, or wallpapers?

There is a media resource page for all kinds of graphics. Please feel free to use any of then to decorate your workspace or website.

Purchasing FDT

How much does FDT5 Max cost?

FDT5 Max costs 499€ / 599$

Can I subscribe to FDT?

In fact, buying the full version of FDT Max is not the only option. We offer a subscription on a monthly, 3-month, 6-month and annual basis. You can give notice of termination at any time with effect to the next payment period. Details can be found here.

How does subscribing to FDT work?

Instead of purchasing the full license, you can subscribe to using FDT for a certain period of time. If you do not terminate your subscription, it prolongs for the duration that you chose when first subscribing. Prices vary depending on the duration that you choose (monthly, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months).

How much is the subscription of FDT?

Subscriptions on a monthly basis are 69$, on a 3-months basis 179$, on a 6-months basis 249$, and on an annual basis 449$. The subscription automatically continues if you do not terminate it before the beginning of the next period. The payment takes place in advance.

What is a VAT ID?

The Value added tax identification number is for European businesses. For detailed information, please see Wikipedia.

Why do I have to enter my VAT ID?

Since we’re based in Germany, you need to enter you VAT ID in order to get taxes back from your national tax authorities.

FDT - Upgrade from older FDT versions:

How can I upgrade my old FDT to FDT 5?

Please visit our download site and choose Upgrade for upgrades to FDT 5 Max. Please note that you will be asked for your current license key.

How much is an upgrade form FDT 4?

The Upgrade from FDT 4 Max costs $99. Upgrades from FDT 4 Plus or Pure cost 199$.

I purchased FDT 4 just recently. Can I upgrade for free?

There is a grace period for recent customers. If you bought FDT 4 Max after August 1, 2011, you will get a free upgrade to FDT 5 Max. Please visit the Upgradepage and enter your license key.

Can I upgrade from FDT 3?

Yes, you can upgrade from all FDT 3 editions to FDT 5 for only 299$.

Can I upgrade from FDT 1.5?

Since FDT 1.5 is over four years old and several steps of FDT’s evolution have taken place in the meantime, it is not possible to upgrade from FDT 1.5 to 5.

FDT Set-up and Requirements

Where can I download FDT 5?

You can download FDT 5 here.

Where can I download older versions of FDT?

You can download FDT 4.5 here

I downloaded FDT - what now?

Please see our documentation for details. Information and tutorials on installing FDT and getting started are manifold.

What platforms can I use FDT on?

FDT runs on Windows (32 & 64 bit), Mac OS X (32 & 64 bit) and Linux (32 & 64 bit).

What languages is FDT available in?

FDT is available in English only.

FDT - Support

I think I found a bug. Where can I post it?

You can post bugs in our Jira Bug Tracker.

Can I turn in feature requests?

Yes, you can, and we’re happy if you do so. Please visit the Jira Bug Tracker to post your feature requests.

How do I get technical support?

We provide technical support only to our FDT Max customers. Please use the link "Max Support" in this website's footer to get in touch with our technical support team.

How do I get customer support?

Please use this form to touch base with our customer support.

Now That FDT 5 Has Been Released. What about FDT 4 Support?

FDT 4 Max support will continue be given for the time being. This might change depending on the volume of requests. For bugs and improvements, no more updates will be released unless the is a bug which is a critical error that severally curtails development.

Students & Education Program

Is there a student discount?

As a student you will get a 50% discount on an FDT 5 Max license. Please send us a copy of your student ID (scanned as a PDF is fine). It must include your full name, address, study subject and the name of your school.

Can I upgrade my student license to a commercial license at a later date?

Yes, you can upgrade your student license to a fully commercial FDT 5 Max license at any time. The price equals the difference that you saved as a student.

I work at a university. Are there licenses for teaching purposes?

We provide educational institutions with free FDT 5 Max licenses. If you are interested in our Educational Program, just send us a formal letter of your university, school or department (scanned as a PDF). This letter should express your interest in our program, as well as the amount of licenses you need.

FDT - Resellers, Open source and charity foundations

I’m an open source developer. Do I get a free license?

You can apply for our open source program here. To get approved, your project should be popular to some degree, of high quality, and have a documentation in English. Please fill out the Open Source Dev form here.

I’m a reseller. How can we do business?

We have a program for resellers, and we appreciate your interest. As a reseller we will offer you a 10% discount on FDT. Please contact us to discuss further details or immediately sign up here or login here.

Do you support charity foundations?

We don’t have a charity program in general, but we’re more than happy to help. Please contact us, so we can talk about the details.

FDT License:

Where can I see the EULA?

You can find our EULA here.

I lost my key; what can I do?

Please write us an email and provide us with your purchase email address and name. We need them to be able to find your key.

Are there volume licenses available?

We don’t offer volume licenses in the sense of one license key for multiple workplaces. If you need multiple licenses, please don’t hesitate to ask for an individual quote.

Can I install FDT on more than one machine?

You are allowed to install FDT on one stationary and one portable device. Details ca be found in the EULA.

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