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Scaling and moving new motion tweens in Flash CS4

A “FAQ” about new motion tweens is how to scale the entire animation after you have created it. New motion tweens “auto-keyframe”. This can be very helpful when animating, because it saves you a step – you can just make

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Posted in animation, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: new features, Migration, Motion Editor, motion path, motion tween, new stuff, symbols, timeline, transform, tweens

Great extensions that work with new motion tweens in Flash CS4

Justin Putney at Ajar Productions has created some amazing extensions that you can use with Flash CS4 and the new motion model to help with your tweens or create them. Justin’s extensions are not only useful, but well implemented and

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Posted in animation, downloads, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, JSFL, motion tween, new stuff

Migrating from Classic Tweens to New Tweens? Check out this new article

We wrote an article to help you migrate your skills and tweens from old to new in Flash CS4. It accompanys a new Animation Learning Guide on the Developer Center (they go hand in hand, lots of cross links) –

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Posted in animation, articles, FLA files, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: new features, Migration, Motion Editor, motion tween, new stuff, tweens

Flash CS4 lets you show grids on top of your artwork

A frequently requested item for Flash is the ability to see a grid over your artwork on the Stage. Flash CS4 now lets you do just that using a new option in the Edit Grid dialog. Let’s look at the

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Posted in Flash CS4, Flash CS4: new features, instances, new stuff, symbols

Flash CS4 example: Spray Brush, Tween instance, new motion, AS3, fancy JSFL… Profit!

In the previous blog entry, I linked to a new JSFL that automatically gives instance names to selected instances in a smart way. You can go read about and download the JSFL from this page. This entry shows you how

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, animation, Commands, downloads, Easing, FLA files, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: motion runtime, Flash CS4: new features, General, instances, JSFL, Migration, Motion Editor, Motion runtime, motion tween, new stuff, Tween instance, tweens

Lists of keyboard modifiers in the Flash CS4 motion model – lets you do more stuff

That’s right – do you want to do more “stuff” with your tweens? Often you have to know what keyboard modifiers to use, because functionality is not revealed in any other way. These modifiers are all documented, but I thought

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Posted in animation, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: new features, Motion Editor, motion tween, new stuff, tweens

Flash CS4: How to ease between keyframes using new motion tweens

In Flash CS3, you could set easing on each keyframe in your animation to apply easing between two instances. Because there is only one instance per tween span, you cannot ease the same way using the new motion model. In

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Posted in Easing, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: new features, Migration, Motion Editor, motion tween, new stuff

Flash CS4: Modifying and applying a custom ease in the Motion Editor

You can then edit the custom ease using the standard bezier editing controls found in other property graphs in the Motion Editor. To apply the custom ease to a property, you select the custom ease’s name from the Ease menu

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Posted in Easing, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: new features, Migration, Motion Editor, motion tween, new stuff

So is Flash CS4 perfect, or not?

If you think Flash CS4 is perfect, doesn’t need to change, or don’t care about Flash at all then you can quit reading this and go back to Flash and tween something. If you don’t think it’s perfect then keep

Posted in Flash CS4, General, input wanted, new stuff

Liveblogging MAX 2008 Day 1 General Session Keynote – Click Refresh!

So get ready for yet another liveblog, this year from Flashthusiast (as I can’t stick with the same blog it seems). I hope my battery lasts the morning. The excitement is in the air. It’s palpable. We’re listening to Panic

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Posted in Adobe MAX, Flash Platform, General, new stuff, presentations