The benefits of using Firefox as a Flash Platform Developer
Jesse was born and raised in Australia, and now lives in London. He is one of the original founders of http://ActionScript.org, and was formerly a Flash developer, teacher, author and speaker. While Jesse no longer works as a full-time Flash professional, he still enjoys actively participating in the http://ActionScript.org community as time permits.
One of the many great things about Firefox is the fact that it allows you to install a raft of plugins to do just about anything, with just a few clicks. Many of these plugins were originally geared towards HTML developers and designers, but more recently a number of great Flash-related Firefox plugins have begun to emerge.
One source of such plugins is Alessandro Crugnola. Many of you will know Alessandro better as Sephiroth of http://www.sephiroth.it/ which is a particularly good site for Flash Platform developers who work with back-end technologies such as PHP.
But did you know Alessandro is also a Firefox-plugin-coder-extraordinaire? Well... he is! You can see his plugin list via https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/49711/author/. Of particular interest to Flash Platform developers are the FlashTracer and Flash Switcher (win) plugins.
FlashTracer is a Firefox plugin which allows you to view the output of Flash ActionScript trace() actions from within your browser. It works for any Flash file so long as you have the appropriate Flash Player 9 plugin installed. I can't think of how many times I have needed a plugin like this.
Ever needed to check how your site would perform in various versions of Flash? (Ever had a customer?) Well, no longer do you have to stuff around with different computers, or different browsers to get the combinations and permutations you need. Flash Switcher (win) allows you to switch immediately between different versions of the Plash Player plugin with just a few clicks. You don't even have to restart Firefox!
Of course, if that's not enough for you, there's still our very own ActionScript.org Quick Search Plugins which will let you search the Forums, Code Library and more from the Search dropdown built into Firefox.
If you have heard of a great Firefox plugin which is particularly useful to Flash Platform developers, please be sure to let us all know about it via this thread on the forums, or send me an email and I'll update this article. And yes, IE plugins are welcome too...
Happy Firefox Flashing!