So this AIR thing was released but I use Flash CS3… what now?

So even though I knew there was something released for Flash CS3 today, it might not be too obvious when it comes to actually finding out about it and installing it and such.

Without further ado, what you should do:

1. Make sure you have the right Flash Player, 9.0.2:

2. Install the AIR Runtime:

3. Install the AIR updater for Flash CS3: Windows | Mac [If you have updated before, scope out these update instructions] [If you're running a non-English version, or want more info than the above, scope out the download page]

4. Open Flash CS3. Now you’ll see the AIR document option on the Start page:

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5. Go to the Flash Dev Center (AIR for Flash) and Product Info / Showcase and for more info. There isn’t a whole load of info out there for Flash developers (or designers) yet – I reckon there will be though. I’ll try something basic out myself and put it up here.

6. Read this article: Sudoku on Adobe AIR: Migrating a Flash application to the desktop

And if YOU make something AIRish with Flash, please let me know! We really need some more Flash authoring examples up there in that showcase, and at any rate, your work will inspire others :)

“What if I’m using Dreamweaver?”:
If you’re looking for the Dreamweaver extension for AIR, you need to look in the… AJAX section. You can find the extension download here:

Jen deHaan is a consultant specializing in instructional design, web design, WordPress, technical project management, and writing. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Vlad

    I just need to make a simple button to fo to the next frame a play it. I didn’t realize CS3 had changed all the scripting. Can you help?I made a button and need it to go to the next frame when click… is that hard?

  • Jen, a flashthusiast
  • Jay Moretti

    Ok.. now why’s that update so hard to find in adobe labs?

    Btw… I’m also a flashtusiast deseloper =p

  • stacey

    I have recently updated to CS3 and was trying the tutorials. I followed all the instructions in the tutorial “creating your first working, interactive FLA file.” Everything went smoothly until I published it. If you click on the banner, it will go to the right page if you are in Safari or IE, but not in Netscape and Firefox. I have tried everything I could think of to get it to work, but I just don’t understand the code well enough to make this work. Could you please give me some suggestions?

  • Jen, a flashthusiast

    Hi Stacey,

    I’m not too sure what might be causing the problem off hand, but feel free to post the files and link them, or send them to me at jen (at) deseloper (dot) com and I’ll take a look.

  • FlashSpec

    Great article explaining! Will use this on my flash projects :)
    Stacey, no idea about that, hope you’ve found a solution.

    Here’s some flash of mine: FlashSpec WEB2.0 smooth dynamic XML gallery with rating system (AS3, XML, CSS, PHP)

  • A5

    thanks, for this article. I found it through bing and i found it very helpful. i will look for more interesting articles at this blog. (=