• We've made your job
    more fun - introducing the Parakeet 2 editor

    Your time is valuable, and we strongly believe making your game should be as fun as playing it. That's why we set out to write a tool that ensures you never get frustrated while doing what you love most. We're proud to present Parakeet 2.

  • Why Parakeet 2?
    Because it doesn't get easier

    Parakeet 2 wants to join you on your amazing journey to become the ultimate independent game developer champion of the world. That's why Parakeet 2 is designed to do all the hard work for you! Anything from optimizations, error-finding and suggesting a better implementation if your code looks dodgy - in real-time. Why not add voice control to Parakeet 2 so you won't even have to flex your fingers? It's possible!

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  • An editor for the
    community - by the community

    Parakeet 2 is every hackers dream. Extensibility is the core of the program, and with our fully plugin-based editor you can extend it with every feature you can think of - we have even bundled it with our own in-editor live chat for instant Q&A! Read more about extending Parakeet 2 here on our site.

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  • Every plugin is free
    to install and use for unlimited time

    Why should the faceless corporation decide how your workflow should be? It shouldn't, right? That's why every third-party plugin published through Parakeet 2's own Plugin Store will be free to use - forever. No catch! We will open-source many of our own plugins for Parakeet 2 to help you hit the ground running.

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  • Make & Share
    Help us help you - and everyone else

    Improving Parakeet 2 is a never-ending cycle, and its future isn't ours to decide - it's yours. We want every brick to be laid by different people with different ideas, and we encourage everyone to make and share extensions for Parakeet 2 through our Plugin Store and your own social hubs - but remember to let us know, because we're excited to see what you're doing!

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    Introducing Parakeet 2

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    Why use Parakeet 2?

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    For the community

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    Unlimited free plugins

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    Help us
    Make & Share

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What makes Parakeet 2 so special?

  • icon User plugins
    Important
    A core design goal for us is to let every user improve Parakeet 2 and we do that with our free plugin framework.
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  • icon Bugs begone
    Important
    Get GameMaker Language specific warnings in real-time while you code and modify everything to suit your needs.
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  • icon Code quality analysis
    icon Code analysis
    Important
    It provides on-the-fly code analysis that ensures you always write efficient and understandable code.
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  • icon No drag and drop
    Important
    We have removed the click-athon for advanced users and everything is code-based and in one file in Parakeet 2.
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  • icon Context-aware code help
    icon Extended code help
    Important
    Our intellisense knows all about GameMaker Language and remembers your global and local variable names.
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  • icon Room editor
    Important
    We have made a distraction-free room editor and we are constantly improving it with new features and functionality.
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  • icon Dynamic skinning
    Don't let us dictate what your program looks like - you can style everything without restarting, and import and export skins.
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  • icon Multiple monitors
    Our modern window docking solution lets you fully utilize all your monitors without any restrictions.
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  • icon Multi-project editing
    Parakeet 2 lets you edit as many projects as you want simultaneously without any shenanigans.
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  • icon Window docking
    Important
    You can dock windows wherever you want, pull them out of the program and align them as tabs just by dragging & dropping.
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  • icon Live chat
    We made a live chat for when you need to communicate with a team, or just need a quick answer to your question.
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  • icon Community-based
    Parakeet 2 is maintained by expert GameMaker: Studio users and is designed for all users regardless of experience level.
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  • icon 24 x 7 support
    Info
    You can always reach us by e-mail or talk to a developer in our IRC chat #parakeetide at irc.freenode.net.
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  • icon Ongoing development
    Info
    The Parakeet 2 project started in late 2014 and was released in the first quarter of 2016. We are here to stay.
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  • icon Open platform
    It is an open platform that is not developed in isolation but by every user with an interest in tinkering, extending & improving.
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      for Designers
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      for Coders
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      for Everyone

    Workflow designed for the busy indie developer

    A good workflow is all about the little things, and we believe it is the difference between fun and failure. Game development is difficult, so we designed Parakeet 2 to make it just a little bit easier - and we are excited to tell you that we can guarantee that you will feel the difference between using GameMaker: Studio and using Parakeet.

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    We understand that our preferred design might not be yours

    Every part of Parakeet 2 can be recolored to suit your environment, preferences and creativity - you can also use color schemes by other users & share your own.

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    Real-time code analysis, reporting and suggestions

    Become a better developer with Parakeet 2's real-time code analysis and let it do all the hard work for you - you won't have to memorize variables ever again.

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    Our highly beloved perform scripting - goodbye drag-n-drop

    Small things add up, and so do mouse clicks for adding "Execute Code" blocks. Objects are code-based and all events are foldable and in a single file.

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    A code editor that knows every inch of GameMaker Language

    You can't know everything. Or maybe you can, but sometimes forget. That's when our code editor steps in as your partner in crime and does the dirty work for you.

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    Advanced window docking solution that adapts to you

    If you hate modal windows, clap your hands. If you hate modal windows, then you'll love what we have done, if you hate modal windows, clap your hands...

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    A continuously developed room editor that scales to the challenge

    We have two core focuses: scripting, and level design. We will continue to improve our room editor throughout its life cycle. See our roadmap for more info.

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    Streamlined & optimized workflow for the busy developer

    Features like the intelligent Quick Find and version control support help remove unnecessary distractions from your flow and help make the most of your time.

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    We added multi-project support as a core design element

    It is not a feature often used, but when you need it - you really need it. Whether just debugging or working on a multiplayer game, we know you will appreciate this.

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    Project-wide Find & Replace - it's the tool you can't do without

    It is the tool every developer loves, and we went all in. Regular expressions, wildcards, match flags - and toggle what resources to search. Even in multiple projects.

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    Built-in chat for rapid Q&A and team communication

    With our IRC-based chat plugin you get immediate answers to questions by people sharing your passion - or communicate with your team in unlimited private chats.

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    Global Game Settings the way they should have been

    Do we need to say more? We were hard-pressed to find pros in our list for the original global game settings layout, so we took it onto ourselves to clean it up.

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    Simplistic and automatic Drag & Drop to GML Conversion

    Cleaning out clunky D&D code from your GameMaker: Studio project is as simple as opening it in Parakeet. We automatically convert D&D code to GML upon the first load.

  • Faster than GameMaker: Studio

    We loaded 4 large projects from the "Play and Create with GameMaker!" Humble Bundle in both Parakeet 2 and GameMaker: Studio 1.4.1711 from an SSD. View our comparison chart below.

    Humble Project Parakeet 2 GameMaker: Studio
    10 Second Ninja 2 750ms 13 680ms
    Savant Ascent 2 380ms 12 750ms
    Spelunky Classic 2 780ms 19 230ms
    Stealth Bastard 5 330ms 29 450ms


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      10 Second Ninja
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      Savant Ascent
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      Spelunky Classic
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      Abbaye Des Morts
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      Wizard Wizard
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      Super Crate Box

icon Here is our roadmap

This is our development roadmap. It is designed to give you a brief overview of the big features we are focusing on.
Please note that this only shows the major features and not everything we are working on. For more info, see our blog.

Feature Description License Status
Feather & Code Editor Feather is our static code analysis tool that gives you the upper hand in any situation. Professional In progress
Plugin Store Distribute, install and rate plugins for Parakeet 2 through our built-in Plugin Store. Standard In progress
Code Plugins Extend GameMaker Language with your own features via plugins. We want to add inline scripts, infinite user and alarm events and more. Professional Not started
Profiling Tools We want to add some simple profiling tools. Professional Not started
Room Editor & Plugin Support We want to add plugin support to the room editor, alongside many other improvements. Professional Not started
Project Layout We want the project layout to save and restore across sessions. Standard Not started
General Improvements We want to make improvements across the board for all resource editors when we find time for it. Standard Not started

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