Quick Tip: Installing Adobe Extensions

Justin | extensions,tips | Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

If you have multiple versions of Adobe (or Macromedia) software installed, you probably have multiple versions of Extension Manager, the application that helps you install and manage extensions. This can lead to some confusion.

When you double-click an MXP (or ZXP) file, your operating system open your default version of Extension Manager. This may not be the version that you want, however. Suppose you have Flash Pro CS4 and Flash Pro CS5 installed. Your system will (probably) automatically launch Extension Manager CS5 when you attempt to install a new extension. This is okay if you want to install the extension in Flash CS5, but it will not be available in Flash CS4.

There are other issues that crop up when you have versions installed in multiple languages (and in some cases, if your language is not English). Luckily, there’s a simple way ensure that you’re using the correct version of Extension Manager.

  1. Launch the version of Flash Pro (or Dreamweaver, or Fireworks) in which you’d like to install the extension.
  2. Go to Help > Manage Extensions… and it will launch the matching installation of Extension Manager.

SmartMouth Version 1.1 Now Available

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions,software | Monday, November 7th, 2011

We’ve just released version 1.1 of the SmartMouth Flash extension with a couple of added features to help with the lip syncing process. This update is FREE to anyone who has already purchased licenses of SmartMouth.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the new version, you should see a button at the bottom of the SmartMouth panel that says Advanced…

New Advanced Features

The Advanced button will bring up a window with 2 new options.

Looping

Loop settings allow you to control the loop setting applied to the outputted symbol instance(s). This can be applied if you want to animate each mouth shape, rather than use static images.

Keyframe Frequency

Keyframe Frequency allows you to control the frequency of keyframes that are automatically generated (1s – every frame, 2s – every other frame, or 3s – every third frame). You can use this setting to animate your mouth at a frame rate lower than that of the rest of your animation. For example, your animation might be set to 30 fps, but you want your mouth to animate at 15 fps, so that the mouth doesn’t look frantic. In this case, you could select 2s.

The image below demonstrates the different outputs generated by altering the Keyframe Frequency.

These new features are based on user requests. Please let us know what you think!

Adobe MAX 2011

Justin | Animate/Flash,conferences | Monday, September 12th, 2011

We will be attending again Adobe MAX this year. I will be leading 2 labs on Building Flash Extensions.

Hope to see you there!

Script: Backup and Restore Flash Pro Config Files

Justin | Animate/Flash,jsfl | Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I had a customer who was losing Flash configuration data due to roaming profiles in Windows, similar to the situation described on this forum thread.

So, I wrote this script as a potential antidote to that problem. When the script is run (by opening with Flash Pro), it will allow you to either back-up or restore all of your configuration files for that installation of Flash Pro.

In certain specific cases (no guarantees)—where the machine, the username, and the Flash version remain consistent—this could be used to maintain a SmartMouth activation (as well as other extensions and settings) through a Flash, CS, or OS reinstall.

The script is pretty experimental at this point, so please use with caution.

Download
backup_restore_Flash_config.jsfl (right-click and choose Save Link As…)

SWF Protector Giveaway Winners

Justin | competitions | Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Congratulations to the following users: ReviewsAntivirs, humulus, and TRY for winning copies of SWF Protector from our giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for participating! We’ll have some more reviews and giveaways in the near future.

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