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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

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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Download this Flash command – Automatically name selected instances… sequentially

So you have a bunch of instances on the Stage. Say you sprayed them using the new Spray Brush tool in Flash CS4, or maybe you just have a bunch of buttons in a menu that you need instance names

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Posted in Commands, downloads, FLA files, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, General, instances, JSFL, symbols

Want to layout your text better? You can download the beta Text Layout Framework / component (use with Flash CS4 now)

Today the Text Layout Framework went live for Flash Player 10. This will help you layout your text in new and much better ways in your applications. You may have seen some demos at MAX (like the Herald Tribune demo)

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, Flash CS4, General, symbols, text

New motion and Tween instances: Flash CS4 presentation (FlashCamp)

Yesterday at FlashCamp, I gave a presentation on using the new motion model in Flash CS4. The files are linked on this post. This is a general synopsis of what I covered, and I’ll detail how I did a few

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, animation, Easing, FLA files, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: motion runtime, Flash CS4: new features, Migration, Motion Editor, Motion Presets, Motion runtime, motion tween, presentations, symbols, Tween instance

(Flash CS3) Masking using ‘donut’ shapes within movie clips or with AS3 – it’s possible, and not too bad either

You may have tried creating a shape that has a hole in it for a mask in Flash, and it may not have worked. Or maybe it did work and sometimes it didn’t, and you grew some extra gray hairs

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, animation, Flash CS3, instances, masking, masks, symbols, workaround

Set Transformation Point and Reset Transformation Point in Flash CS3

When you right-click a symbol instance on the Stage in Flash, there are a couple new options that were added in CS3: “Set Transformation Point” and “Reset Transformation Point”. There’s not much out there about these features, as I understand

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