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phpDesigner 8

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    Sep. 30, 2013
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    Free to try (21-day trial); $39.00 to buy (Buy it now)

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1 stars

"High ratings must be people who don't code for a living"

December 22, 2015  |  By Archimodes

2015-12-22 03:24:14  |  By Archimodes

 |  Version: phpDesigner 8 8.1.2


Syntax highlighting, as one could expect from an IDE.
Uninstalled easy enough.


Where to start...

1 - The LARGEST pain point of this software is when it recommends code completion, it takes focus out of the IDE forcing you to focus back in (Alt + Tab, click in the IDE, etc). ****, that is hands down the WORST thing I've ever seen in any IDE. I'd rather use notepad because of that.
2 - The interface is quite clunky. For example, I can't even disable the craptastic code completion - I've got to manually delete every tag from the list to do so.
3 - The git integration seems quite limited, though I only used it for a bit and uninstalled. One major gripe might be from using IntelliJ solutions like PHPStorm where you can track down merge conflicts VERY quickly.
4 - No auto-save that I can see. Maybe it's in their semi-cryptic preferences somewhere.
5 - The debugger is absolutely atrocious. It runs a browser inside of the IDE, and causes random errors inside of my project.
6 - No SCSS/SASS support that I can see.
7 - The trial splash screen delay.


This is something I'd have tried out back in maybe 2005. IDEs like this made me absolutely hate IDEs until I was highly encouraged to try IntelliJ. Before that moment, I thought IDEs were cute little syntax highlighters with some useful features like FTP. That about sums this program up.

To the developers: Making me stare at your ridiculous trial splash screen is absolutely asinine. I KNOW I AM TRYING THIS SOFTWARE OUT. Anything that nags at me and forces me to stare at a dinky little licensing screen for ~5 seconds before opening a file (usually when needing to open it quickly) does not get a cent of my money.

My woes are probably my own fault. I use IntelliJ IDEA at work, and didn't want to pay for it for my home PC. I've always been cheap that way I guess. Well, one good thing that came from trying to make some [simple] changes to my framework with this software is that it spurred me into spending money on PHPStorm. I now realize how absolutely spoiled I am in literally every way one could be by software. It loads faster, it looks better, it debugs like a dream, git is second nature to it, SCSS/SASS listening was a pain in the ass to setup on Windows but that's because of Compass, project-wide searches take a fraction of the time, code-completion doesn't make me want to throw my PC out the window (like phpDesigner's), etc.

If there was room for more characters in the "Cons" section, I'd have filled it. I could have written a novel, but alas I am confined.

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4 stars

"Good for Junior Developers."

November 28, 2013  |  By CFUDev

2013-11-28 22:44:25  |  By CFUDev

 |  Version: phpDesigner 8 8.1.2


Code Complition
FTP Connection & Online Editing
Many available tools


Code Folding
Heavy software for small PC
Code Styles can harm your phpDesigner (I damaged my one) look, and does not correctly return to some stable theme, or when you load a predefined theme, the new theme will still be damaged.


In general I suggest this software for Junior developers. It is very helpfull for new users, simple and fast learning software.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.1.2
Version 8.1.2 includes minor fixes and improvements.
Publisher MPSoftware ApS
Publisher web site
Release Date October 01, 2013
Date Added September 30, 2013
Version 8.1.2
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Web Development Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 24.84MB
File Name phpdesigner_8_1_2_setup.exe
Total Downloads 540,932
Downloads Last Week 53
License Model Free to try
Limitations 21-day trial
Price $39

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