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Controlling the window target a button click opens using ActionScript 3.0 in Flash

One of my frequently asked questions in the comments is how to control what window a button click opens using ActionScript 3.0. For example, you might want your button to open in the same window, a particular part of your

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Posted in ActionScript 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Migration

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

Movie clip buttons in a fight: it’s AS2 vs. AS3 (again)

You might have created movie clip buttons in Flash CS3 or Flash CS4 (or Flash 8 or 7 or…) before to get those animations on your buttons. Either way, creating one would have proceeded a bit like the following if

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Posted in ActionScript 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Flash CS5, Migration

(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

Creating buttons that link to different scenes, and within a scene, using ActionScript 3.0

A common request in the comments is for information on how to create a button that links to a scene using ActionScript 3.0 in Flash CS4 or CS3. Luckily, it’s largely the same as creating a normal button that links

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Flash CS5, Migration

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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Posted in animation, Flash CS3, General, instances, Migration, symbols

Adding more than one button to a FLA file while rocking it in ActionScript 3.0

So there have been a number of questions on my kinda recent post about making a button in Flash CS3 or Flash CS4 using ActionScript 3.0. I will do the next couple posts on how to do the things in

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Migration

Loading and displaying video in Flash CS3 using ActionScript 3.0, no more video objects

A pretty common thing to do with Flash is to play an FLV file. In ActionScript 2.0, you would do the following: 1. Create a new Video object in your Library (choose New Video from the Library’s Options menu). 2.

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Posted in ActionScript 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, Flash CS3, FLV, Migration, Video

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:

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Posted in AIR for Flash, Flash CS3, General

Making a button work in Flash CS3, CS4 or CS5 with ActionScript 3.0 – it’s not too bad

So I used to monitor comments coming in from the CS3 Video Workshop, which contains a few hundred video tutorials on the CS3 products. Some of the comments that came in regarding the Flash videos was how people were having

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Posted in ActionScript 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Flash CS5