The file extension for a JSFL script is In this tutorial, you’ll start visually by copying user actions from the History Panel. In a previous tutorial, I showed the basics of creating dialogs. In this post, I’ll elaborate on how to respond to a dialog, specifically how to cease. This tutorial will walk through the basics of creating a tool. Building a In Flash, create a new JSFL script (File > New > Flash JavaScript File).

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Creating Flash Extensions — Pt. The mouseDown function will be triggered by, you guessed it, the user pressing the mouse button while over the Stage area.

Notify me of new posts by email. A path is then created, and the two stored points are mapped to the path. On the stage, we’ll give the user a combo box by which to choose their operating system. That does it for this tutorial. Flash already has a line tool, but this will serve as a jumping off point that can be easily expanded into a more complex tool.

Add the following function to your script: One concept that is unique to creating a tool involves prescribed functions that Flash will call as your tool is put to use: Change to the Selection tool. This slider functions like an undo and redo. The endDraw method exits the drawing mode completely.

Use the Fill and Stroke objects: Select each component one at a time and assign instance names to them as follows instance names are shown in italicsas shown in Figure 3. If you want to know how to create a shortcut key for a custom tool.

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You script is now complete! This jsdl reflects code for custom XMLUI panel, but this technique can also be used for alerts, prompts, and confirmations. If you want to know more about building tools, check out Extending Flash MX 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. The endFrame method signals the end of any temporary drawing for the moment.


Tutlrial, JSFL can accomplish nearly everything that a user can within Flash, such as create layers, create objects, select frames, manipulate Library items, open files, and save files.

10 Minutes with Flash: Creating an External Text File with JSFL

Click OK to save the tool settings. The tutoria, of loading text from an external source is common in Flash development, so I thought it would be a good excuse to illustrate some of the benefits of JSFL.

If the conditional statement above occurs inside a function block, call return to exit the function.

Call a function only if the result is not null. May 31, at 6: The 2nd advantage may be slightly less obvious, since ActionScript and JSFL can appear so similar, but ActionScript 3, specifically has a whole host of capabilities that JSFL jsrl not network connectivity, timed events, and the ability to interface with nearly any file type using ByteArrayto name a few.

Download a quick, but detailed guide from industry experts Keith Gilbert and Justin Putney that will help you make the best decisions for your publications. It might take you just a bit longer than 10 minutes, though. Custom Flash Panels Summarizing what I have found so far: Click on the fly-out menu on the top-right of the History panel.

Also, add the label. Here you can change the display format and tooltip display. You might need to create a tool and have your script temporarily switch to the tool, store the position, then revert to the previous tool. sjfl

The drawing layer is a temporary visual feedback system for the user. Save it wherever you want. What else is out there? The button should now reflect the change. Locating your rutorial directory To locate your Configuration directory, you can check these common locationsor simply tutoriao and run a new JSFL script with the following code: Optionally pun intendedyou can create a TestTool.


The first line grabs the active toolwhich happens to be your tool while your configureTool function is executing.

Thanks for posting the extra reading. Stamp Tool installs a simple. Notify me of new posts by email. We use this field to detect spam bots.

Creating Flash Extensions — Pt. 6: Custom Tools

Can anyone help me? Drag the slider down to the deleteSelection command. 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.

This panel also has the capacity to show the JSFL code necessary to duplicate each enabled user action. It can be hard to find decent information on JSFL, so I figured I’d start doing some blog posts about it to help others. It is rather lacking, but it’s the best resource for getting an overview of all the commands and objects available with JSFL. The Polystar tool found with the Rectangle tool in the Toolbar is a custom tool that comes installed with Flash.

If you play around with the tool as is, it will work pretty well on the main Timeline, but it might produce some funny results inside of nested symbols.

I was hoping to see source jslf. File setup Similar to Commands and SWF Panels, Tools have their own folder in the Configuration directory see the 1st tutorial for tutorizl to locate your Configuration directory.