Opticon is a runtime debugging console useful for Flash/Flex developers. It’s simple to start using in your projects. To use, follow these steps after installing the application:
1. Launch the application
2. Click the Settings button
3. Click on the SWC icon to add the OpticonConnector to your project’s build path
4. Replace your trace statements with one of the following:
- a) Opticon.log(‘message to display’)
- b) Opticon.warning(‘warning to display’)
- c) Opticon.error(‘error to display’)
Some might ask why? This idea first appeared when AIR was Apollo and was born out of necessity (I always forget some trace statements during cleanup). Could I use global find and replace? Sure, when I’m developing with Eclipse-based IDEs but that’s not always the case.
Why not use one of the other great tools out there? After 2 years in the shadows, it’s ready to be shared with the world and, because I have a vision of where I’d like to take this so hopefully you’ll come along for the ride.
Where can I submit any bugs I find? I’ll have the bug reporting mechanism in place shortly. You’ll be notified via the application or you can subscribe to this post to be notified once that goes live.
My version doesn’t include the connector. What can I do? This happened as a result of a build error. Visit this link to download the connector Get Opticon Connector.