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Buttons in Flash using ActionScript 3.0: Going to next frame and previous frame

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Some people have been asking how to create button code in Flash (CS3, CS4, or CS5) that progresses the playhead in a SWF to the next or previous frame using ActionScript 3.0. This is not too difficult, and is a

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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