PyCharm vs. IntelliJ IDEA + Python Plugin
A: Yes, we plan to release new PyCharm builds and plugin updates synchronously. The plugin will remain free for those who have purchased a IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate license.
A: The Python plugin for IntelliJ IDEA is built from the same codebase as PyCharm. Some features may be temporary not available in the plugin because the latest available IntelliJ IDEA bases on an earlier IntelliJ platform compared to PyCharm.
A: PyCharm offers a simpler UI in a number of areas such as project management, IDE settings etc.
The Python plugin, in its turn, has the full range of Jython support features (cross-language navigation, completion and refactoring). PyCharm only supports Jython as the runtime for running applications.
If you're not using the Java/Python integration, PyCharm is a better place to start.
A: No. The two products use separate licensing systems; you need to buy two licenses if you would like to use both products.
A: Projects created in PyCharm can be opened in IntelliJ IDEA with Python plugin installed without any issues. IntelliJ IDEA allows a more flexible project configuration, such as the possibility to configure libraries for projects. PyCharm will be able to open and work with projects that use the more advanced settings, but you will not be able to change the settings in PyCharm.