Part of being a solid Flash user and a good collaborator is maintaining clean, navigable files. This means naming layers and library items clearly, deleting unused material, keeping folders organized, etc. Because these actions must be applied to all files and are quite repetitive, they’re good candidates for automation. You can use JSFL to script all of these actions into a single keystroke or mouse click. This tutorial will focus on creating a Command (saving a Command is explained in the first tutorial) that will clean up the items in the Library.
The ability to create extensions is one of my favorite features in Flash Pro. You can extend Flash to include new features and automation in the form of Commands, Panels, and Tools. This series of tutorials will show you how to create your own extensions for Flash. There is a special scripting language that allows you to control Flash, and it is known as JSFL.
One idea that I had when creating the MotionSketch extension was that it could be used to do write-on effects. I was going to write an Actionscript class to demo this effect prior to releasing MotionSketch but ran out of time. So I tweaked a version of vCam to quickly demo the effect for the MotionSketch video tutorial. Thanks to a reader’s email, I was reminded that I still had yet to write this class. It’s now written and free to download. I’m calling it MotionBrush to keep it in the family with MotionSketch and MotionBlur. It’s super simple to use. Check out the video tutorial:
Thanks to a generous donation, I’ve picked up a much nicer video capture application. This video tutorial shows how to translate Photoshop graphics into Actionscript using the AS3 drawing API. The resulting SWF file size is minuscule: from a 100kb Photoshop-to-Flash import to a 5kb file with some coding. I start with the most basic aspects and work up to the more complex: from a basic rectangle, to patterns from Photoshop, to complex gradients.
I’m pretty happy with this new software, so I’ll try to post more videos. Still working on getting better resolution out of the video host though…