fdtracer – flash tracer plugin for flashdevelop 3

What is FDTracer?
The FDTracer plugin for FlashDevelop 3 is a ‘port’ of Alessandro Crugnola’s awesome FlashTracer Firefox extension. It adds a panel to the FlashDevelop 3 IDE to display trace() statements logged to the debug Flash Player’s log file.

FDTracer FlashDevelop plugin

Installing FDTracer
FDTracer should work with FlashDevelop 3 and can be installed by copying the FDTracer.dll to the FD3 plugins directory (note that FD3 plugins are now stored in the user’s application folder).

Configuring FDTracer Settings
After installing, you’ll need to open the FDTracer settings dialog (”Tools > Installed plugins > FDTracer settings”) and set the traceOutputFileName to point to the debug Flash Player log file.

Download FDTracer 0.1:
Grab the FDTracer_0.1.zip from
http://www.andrewlucking.com/code/fdtracer/
(The source is here).

Requirements:
FDTracer displays the contents of the debug Flash Player log file and so requires that you are using the debug version of Flash Player.

Useful links:
Adobe Flash Player downloads
Configuring the debugger version of Flash Player
FlashDevelop 3 Beta 3
FlashTracer Firefox Add-on

16 Responses

  1. FDTracer - FlashDevelop Flash movie trace plugin « Cyberspace Nova says:

    September 11, 2007 at 7:29 am

    [...] FDTracer – FlashDevelop Flash movie trace plugin Published September 11th, 2007 Web developer , Actionscript 3.0 , Actionscript 2 , Flex , Flash , Applications Like FlashTracer for Firefox FDTracer brings trace results in Flash movie to the FlashDevelop window. Great work from Alessandro Crugnola (FlashTracer FF extension and Andrew Lucking for FDTracer (FlashDevelop plugin) [...]


  2. Roy Klein says:

    September 11, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Works great, my favorite FD3 plugin to date!


  3. Dave Jeffery says:

    September 24, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    This is a brilliant plug-in. I think it would be even better you had the option of making the FDTracer panel be brought to the front in the FD3 window when you pressed Ctrl-Enter to test a movie. That way you wouldn’t have to press Ctrl-Enter and then dive to the FDTracer tab to see the panel!


  4. andrew says:

    September 24, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    ” I think it would be even better you had the option of making the FDTracer panel be brought to the front in the FD3 window when you pressed Ctrl-Enter to test a movie.”

    Ya man. I like it…


  5. andrewlucking.com » fdtracer 0.2 - minor improvements says:

    October 3, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    [...] Panel On Compile is the result of an improvement suggestion. When this option is selected the FDTracer panel will always be displayed after a compile [...]


  6. Trace in FlashDevelop : Johannes Erhardt says:

    December 10, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    [...] FD Trace – FlashDevelop Plugin [...]


  7. calvin says:

    June 23, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    After installing, you’ll need to open the FDTracer settings dialog (”Tools > Installed plugins > FDTracer settings”) and set the traceOutputFileName to point to the debug Flash Player log file.

    I cannot use this plugin since I dont have an option for

    “installed plugins” under toolbar, I am using the latest FD 3.0.0.7 beta

    thanks for any help, also not easy to get the debug player installed.

    Im developing for AS3.


  8. andrew says:

    June 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Oh yeah. Looks like the menu changed at some point in the betas. Tools > Program Settings… and select FDTracer from the Plugins list on the left of the dialog.

    Cheers,
    A.


  9. iestyn says:

    October 6, 2008 at 10:29 am

    In 3.0.0 Beta9 I can only get it to work by putting the DLL in:
    C:\Program Files\FlashDevelop\Plugins\
    ..and then replacing {user} with the actual username in the Log File field. Be nice if it could automatically propagate that field.


  10. TimTeka says:

    October 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Hi, guys. i use mm.cfg with the following param: PolicyFileLog=1, which creates and logs the corresp. stuff to the policyfiles.txt. So the task is to monitor simultaneously this file as rather as flashlog.txt. Doesn anyone know the solution?


  11. andrew says:

    October 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Hmm, interesting question. I guess FDTracer would monitor any old file you point it at in the Log File setting. If I understand however, you’re looking to monitor both flashlog.txt and policyfiles.txt. That likely wouldn’t be a big deal to add to FDTracer. I just need to find the time…


  12. TimTeka says:

    October 12, 2008 at 5:16 am

    Andrew, thanx for your reply. I did meant to monitor both (or more) log files simultaneously :-) we all look forward to the future development of your great plugin.


  13. TimTeka says:

    November 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Andrew,
    Save our souls. Those flashdevelopers have changed smth and now we’re getting several weird errors with fdtracer installed. As Mika (FD) have told me we all gonna ask you to recompile your great plugin.


  14. Daniel Tome says:

    April 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I remember back in FlasDevelop 2.0.2 it was possible to get your trace outputted to the Results pane. This was great because it told you the line number and you were able to click on the trace and go directly to the line.
    Do you reckon this is possible in FD3? Or am I confusing compile errors?

    thanks,
    Danno


  15. andrew says:

    April 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Yeah, sounds like you’re thinking of compile errors. FDTracer results don’t go to the Results pane.

    If you’re using FD3 Be sure to grab the 2nd Release Candidate. They’ve done a nice job with the new log viewer plugin:
    http://www.flashdevelop.org/community/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4374


  16. Kcchao: ActionScript says:

    August 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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