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FLEX vs Reveal App: What are the differences?

Developers describe FLEX as "In-app debugging tool for iOS, inspect and modify views in the hierarchy". FLEX (Flipboard Explorer) is a set of in-app debugging and exploration tools for iOS development. When presented, FLEX shows a toolbar that lives in a window above your application. From this toolbar, you can view and modify nearly every piece of state in your running application. On the other hand, Reveal App is detailed as "See your iOS application's view hierarchy at runtime with advanced 2D and 3D visualisations". Reveal brings the power of tools like Firebug and Web Inspector to iOS developers. See your application's view hierarchy at runtime with advanced 2D and 3D visualisations. Debug view layout and rendering problems in seconds.

FLEX and Reveal App can be categorized as "Mobile Runtime Inspector" tools.

Some of the features offered by FLEX are:

  • Inspect and modify views in the hierarchy.
  • See the properties and ivars on any object.
  • Dynamically modify many properties and ivars.

On the other hand, Reveal App provides the following key features:

  • Instrument your apps - Simply link your iOS application with the Reveal library, start it up, and you'll be able to see and interact with your application like never before.
  • See changes, live! - You can edit and modify views in your running application to see the effect immediately. No more recompiling to test simple visual changes.
  • Focus - View hierarchies can get complex. Simply double click a view to isolate it, and all its subviews. Use the path bar to navigate up the hierarchy, and use the history buttons to go back to where you've been.

FLEX is an open source tool with 10.5K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks. Here's a link to FLEX's open source repository on GitHub.

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What is FLEX?

FLEX (Flipboard Explorer) is a set of in-app debugging and exploration tools for iOS development. When presented, FLEX shows a toolbar that lives in a window above your application. From this toolbar, you can view and modify nearly every piece of state in your running application.

What is Reveal App?

Reveal brings the power of tools like Firebug and Web Inspector to iOS developers. See your application's view hierarchy at runtime with advanced 2D and 3D visualisations. Debug view layout and rendering problems in seconds.
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