On 16/04/2014 at 17:25, xxxxxxxx wrote:
Yes, you can use "Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop" for C4D development.
I switched to it myself and compiled plugins for every C4D Version from R9.6 up to R15 with its native "Visual Studio 2013 (v120)" platform toolset for Win32 and x64 (for R15 x64 only of course because there is no more 32 bit version of c4d now)!
And it's really great that VS 2012 and VS 2013 finally have the x64 compilers included out of the box too.
The only (very small) obstacle I stumbled across when I compiled the api libraries for R14 was, that somehow the output path was missing in the project settings. But after I set that for all configuration/platform combinations myself it worked as flawless as with every other C4D version.
By the way, of course there is an express version of VS 2012.
If it isn't available from there official Visual Studio website any more I guess they just dropped it as VS 2013 was released.
And in fact I also don't see a benefit for VS 2012 over VS 2013.
I guess the main reason why they still offer the VS 2010 Express versions is because each coding language was a separate package there and now it's an all in one solution up from VS 2012.
And they had some significant changes in the IDE and feature sets (some even have been dropped ).
But you scan still find VS 2012 Express here if you really want:
Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop (english version)
Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 für Windows Desktop (german version)