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The management and monitoring features are good.The technical support from Microsoft is very good.We used SharePoint Designer 2013 widely for data mining, exploring the content, and editing. Those are the main features that you would need to use SharePoint Designer for.The basic functionality the solution makes it easy to share documents or information with the team.The most valuable feature is the capability to directly access the SharePoint data structure.The workflow is the solution's most valuable feature.The most valuable feature is the development.The feature I find most valuable, is the workflow of the product.

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It has higher quality code, faster debugging, and higher quality projects.It has the ability to jump to any file in your project with a few keystrokes, as well as the ability to command-click on any token in your code and have it jump to the token's definition.

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The pricing is a little bit high and can be reduced.The new SharePoint Designer is very limited.SharePoint Designer is not releasing a new version. Version 2013 was the latest version. Now in 2019, we are still using the biggest version. It doesn't work properly anymore. Sometimes we experience issues, but there is no new version.It has a lot of bugs. It's also not very convenient. The UX/UI is not very user-friendly and not designed to be similar to other applications from Microsoft.It would be helpful to have the SharePoint Designer capabilities built directly into SharePoint itself, into the management page, so as to create an online version of it directly in SharePoint.The solution requires more web-based publishing. It would benefit from adding in more collaboration features as well.This solution could definitely be made easier to use.I am not sure how stable the solution will be once Microsoft stops supporting it.

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Stability is sometimes lacking in updates.The debugger often has problems determining where to map files to local projects.Most recent set of patches (2018) on Mac OS X caused the app to crash when you would cut more than 10 lines of code. Apparently, this was due to a bug in Eclipse, but regardless, it took several months for Zend to post a patch.

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The cost of the license is based on the size of the user base.This solution is free of charge.I've never paid for SharePoint Designer. What I paid for, is the SharePoint license, the cava, and then the client accesses the line fee.

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The product requires a subscription to Zend Server Developer, which used to be free and now has an annual fee, but it is still worth the money.Licensing is reasonable for this type of tool. Although, you can cobble together a solution which is zero cost.

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the capability to directly access the SharePoint data structure.
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SharePoint Designer is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Advanced users can compose no-code solutions that encompass a variety of common scenarios, from collaborative sites and web publishing to Line-Of-Business data integration, business intelligence solutions, and human workflows, leveraging the building blocks available in SharePoint in an easy to use environment.Zend Studio – the PHP IDE for smarter development. It codes faster with up to 3X performance improvements in indexing, validation, searching of PHP code. It has superior PHP 7.1 support, PHP 7.1 express migration assistant, and seamless integration with Zend Server 9. It provides robust debugging capabilities with Xdebug, Zend Debugger, and Z-Ray integration. Zend Studio has an extensive plugin capabilities provided by the large Eclipse eco-system and supports for best-in-class dev tools including Docker and Git Flow Intelligent code editor. Deploy PHP applications on any server including cloud support for Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure and support for HiDPi displays - scale graphics (ala 4K resolution).
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SharePoint Designer is ranked 2nd in .NET Development Services with 16 reviews while Zend Studio is ranked 5th in .NET Development Services with 1 review. SharePoint Designer is rated 6.8, while Zend Studio is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SharePoint Designer writes "Enables us to build workflow processes from end-to-end". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zend Studio writes "It has higher quality code, faster debugging, and higher quality projects". SharePoint Designer is most compared with Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET, whereas Zend Studio is most compared with Microsoft Visual Studio.

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