Here are the updates to the Queasy Tools Flash/Animate extension.
New Features in 1.5.0
- Strong easing! Motion easing options now include in/out/inOut for Regular, Strong, and Bounce.
- Scale up and down buttons (hold SHIFT key to constrain to 100% increments, scale down with SHIFT bottoms out at 100%, so the scale can be reset).
- Fixed bug that occurs with text case options when multiple text fields were selected.
Download (Flash CS3 and newer, including Animate CC)
Queasy Tools v1.5.0
(You may need to right-click and choose Save Link As…)
(Update 01/23/2014: Flash Pro CC-compatible installer added)
(Update 03/01/2016: Animate CC-compatible installer added)
(Update 08/30/2016: For the latest version of Adobe Animate, you may need this extension installer.)
Thanks to Chris L for his suggestions and for finding the text bug.
Full feature list below the fold.
(moving top to bottom, left to right on the user interface)
** = new to version 1.5.0
LIGHTNING QUICK TWEEN CREATION WITH EASING
- Tween type: Motion or Shape
- Ease: Regular, Strong**, Bounce of the EaseIn, EaseOut, and EaseInOut varieties
- Auto add keyframes: if checked, this with create keyframes at the beginning and end of your frame selection
- Make Tween: applies the tween to the selected frames (multiple layers allowed)
In an attempt to clean out my “commands” menu, I’ve collected several actions into a set of macro buttons. Some of these add functionality to Flash (like changing the text case), and others are just quicker than hunting through the menus (like flip horizontal & vertical).
- Duplicate Layer: creates a copy of the selected layer
- Guide, Hide, and Lock: Out of sight, out of SWF, but still in the FLA in case you need it later
- Turn On Bitmap Smoothing: this applies “allowing bitmap smoothing” to all of the selected images in the library
- Swap Symbol: this swaps selected symbol(s) on the stage with an item selected in the library
(these align the selected element(s) to the stage without changing the “to stage” toggle in the align panel)
- Top Left
- Tint to White: Sets tint of selected symbol(s) to white.
- Alpha to 50: Sets alpha of selected symbol(s) to 50%.
- Alpha to 0: Sets alpha of selected symbol(s) to 0%.
- Reset: Removes all color settings on selected symbol(s).
(** Bugs that occurred when multiple text fields were selected have been fixed in this release.)
- To Uppercase: Converts selected textfields or selected text to uppercase.
- To Lowercase: Converts selected textfields or selected text to lowercase.
- To Title Case: Converts first letter of each word to uppercase and remaining letters to lowercase (ignores words with 3 letters or less after the first work, e.g. “of” and the second “the” in “The Title of the Song”);
- Copy Position: Stores the x and y positions of the selected element
- Paste Position: Applies the stored x and y positions to selected element(s)
- Scale up**: Increases element scale by 10%. Hold SHIFT to lock to 100% increments.
- Scale down**: Decrease element scale by 10%. Hold SHIFT to lock to 100% increments (bottoms out at 100% when SHIFT is down, so it can be used reset the scale).
- Send to Front: Sends selected element(s) to the front of the stack within the layer
- Send to Back: Sends selected element(s) to the back of the stack within the layer
- Send Forward: Sends selected element(s) one step towards the back of the stack within the layer
- Send Backward: Sends selected element(s) one step towards the front of the stack within the layer
- Flip Horizontal: Flips the selected element(s) across the y axis of the transformation point.
- Flip Vertical: Flips the selected element(s) across the x axis of the transformation point.
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Wow! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to use it!
Nice Work! Very useful! 🙂
Scaling seems to be broken, elements on 100% get scaled to 111%?
Else it is a great Tool, will try it in the next projects 🙂
You’re correct, Niels. Scaling does actually increase 11% instead of 10% in some cases due to rounding. The scaling still functions, it just increases slightly faster than 10%. Thanks for the catch.
..the extension doesn’t seem to work in cs4, or i simply can’t find the toolbar anywhere..
To my knowledge, the panel does work in CS4. It might be a little harder to locate. It should be in the same place, Window > Other Panels > Queasy Tools; though, to make things slightly more confusing, Adobe added an “Extensions” menu item. Don’t let that throw you, it seems to be for Adobe-made extensions.
The other possibility is that the extension manager has not properly installed the extension package. I have noticed some issues with the CS4 extension manager myself. This post (and subsequent comments) may provide some solutions:
thanks man!!! 😀
awesome – a huge time saver. thanks so much for creating this!
A very useful tool plug-in for Flash CS3 http://tinyurl.com/5sfupg
This is fantastic how i have survived for this long without a shortcut i will never know.
Can the alt text be offest from the cursor slightly its driving my OCD mad
Thanks for the suggestion, shoots. I’ll try to include that change in the next version.
thank you so much for creating and sharing this. I am sure it will save me a lot of time.
I love these sort of toolbars. Here are a couple things I found myself looking for.
I had thought guide, hide & lock button would toggle the layer settings. Be awesome if they did!
I wouldn’t mind separate buttons there… one toggle guide, and another toggle hide. Of these, the guide is the most useful to have, since you can’t guide multiple layers at once, you know?
Can the Make Tween button automatically detect whether a tween is motion or shape?
In addition to In and Out, a “0” setting would be useful too to remove easing. Or better still, make them buttons. Drop down menus slow me down. I love pushing buttons.
I love the scale and arrangement buttons. So useful.
I’ll be on the lookout for updates!
Thanks for the suggestions, Scotty! I’ll keep these in mind when I have a chance to make updates.
Very sorry that it does not work in Flash CS5 🙁
Hi Alexander, I’ve been using it in CS5 for a while now. It should work just fine.
Queasy Tools can not be used in cs6.Can you upgrade?
How so, xx? Are you getting an error message? To my knowledge, Queasy Tools should work just fine in CS6.
I love this tool and have done for ages but there’s a couple of bugs with Queasy Tools when using CS6, when using a tool like copy and paste position. Flash has no idea the file has updated. So that when you go to save the file and then close it. It doesn’t actually save as it has no knowledge that a change has occurred.
Also it doesn’t work with undo’s.
Thanks for letting me know, Will. I don’t make a lot of updates to Queasy Tools these days, but if/when I do, I’ll do my best to address this issue.
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