What did you like and/or dislike about particular versions..
I've been here since 2006, and don't really remember the nuances in the past... (I don't remember breakfast either)
5.5 and prior
inspector, control palette etc were all floating palettes (something that has never reappeared)
written in C++ so it was pretty fast
written in C++ so engineers didnt use it all day every day and may not see bugs in it
2006 - 2012
single window so it was all compact
tabs stayed focus on one item and could not be shifted about
single window which drove those of us that used the older versions nuts as the palettes were all gone
2013 - now
navigator gives decent overview
llvm based compilers
navigator isnt needed in every tab
navigator isnt fast enough
RealStudio 2011r4.3 is what I've been using since it came out. I like it because it's new enough that things like AddHandler are available (introduced in 2010r4), but old enough to avoid the extra DLLs that RS2012+ always generate. It still will generate plugin DLLs if you use plugin features in the app, but it's possible to generate a standalone executable if you're careful. I also prefer the old-style IDE layout over the Xojo layout.
@Dave S This is still in Xojo.... I too thought it wasn't, but PREF->GENERAL->SHOW LIBRARY AND INSPECTOR
thats only those two
the project browser and everything was all in floating palettes which let you put all the palettes on one monitor & everything else on another
its not quite the same
you can see some of it in the old RB:TDG from Matt Neuberg
@Karen A 5.5 was what i liked best
Same for me.
I upgraded to 2005r1 (I think it was that) and it tooks me months to force me to left 5.5.5.
It tooks me years to forget my 5.5.5 (and prior) habits.
I came to REALbasic prior the first release, in early 1998.
@Robert B What made you change to a new version, and which one do you prefer now?
If I remember right, I had to change to comply with Apple requirements.
Since then, I cannot tell which version of the IDE I like most.
I do like the Xojo IDE in general, though. I find it much cleaner than the RB one.