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ECLIPSE USERS: Do i need android sdk tools to start new application project and AVD i

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My question is do I need to have an android SDK package saved to start a new android project, even if I don't want to run it. And do I need the SDK to create an android virtual device in eclipse.
My problem in detail: I've finally cleared the necessary space on my machine and downloaded eclipse ide and the jdk 8. I've been coding in java for a couple days but my main focus is to make android apps. So I downloaded the android sdk, and I set the location in eclipse using eclipse preferences. But whenever I try to start a new android application project, after I enter the name of the app the next and finish buttons are grayed out(also when I click the drop down list for compile with there are no options to choose from). Also the same problem when I try to create new AVD. The after filling out information the ok button is grayed out. Meaning I can't click it (the CPU/ABI drop down list also has no options) I feel I should mention that I couldn't find a download link for the SDK on the android studio website. So I googled and found one which I downloaded. I'm not sure if that could be the problem. The name of the file I downloaded was tools_r25.2.3-windows.zip. I can't find the SDK manager .exe file anywhere, but in eclipse the SDK manager works fine (although sometimes I get an error and have to launch it a second time).
If u can help with links to a legit version of the SDK that would be great. I heard ADT isn't supported anymore either. I is there another way to get it or do I have to do without?
Basically I'm looking for up to date help on how I can begin developing android apps using eclipse ide. I'm currently using a 64 bit HP stream laptop with 30 GB of memory and 2GB of RAM. So android Studio is not an option as the minimum is 3GB of RAM (unless maybe I can use an older version?). I'm using the jdk 1.8. I heard that u can't use after 1.6 to compile android code. can I set eclipse to compile for 1.5 or 1.6 in preferences and still use jdk 1.8? or do I have to download another jre.? This is basically the last step I before I can start coding my apps. I've only been coding for about 3 months now but I'm already comfortable with eclipse and would like to continue using it. So any help is GREATLY appreciated!!
Mar 4 '17 #1
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