Best Development Tool for Actionscript?



  • 1. Link to External PNG
    Hello, Flash Pro 2004 - Windows I am developing a Projector (.exe). I have a need to link to external png files which will be in a folder on the CD. I know this can be done with jpegs using LoadMovie(), but does not work for png's. Is there a way to do this? thanks.jim
  • 2. flash loader no access to loaded controls
    ater loading a swf in the loader the comboBox and Calendar control are non accessable? how do I solve this.
  • 3. Warning message
    I am working on a Flash Form Application and am setting the global styles of Label (or any other component) using the technique: if (_global.styles.Label == undefined) { _global.styles.Label = new mx.styles.CSSStyleDeclaration(); _global.styles.Label.setStyle('color', 0xFFFFFF); } Running it gives a warning (yes/no option): A script in this movie is causing Macromedia Flash Player 7 to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer may become unresponsive. Do you want to abort the script? Now, this obviously is pretty irritating for the user. Any solution to this or any work-around??
  • 4. Class linkage causes problems
    Hi, I have a very simple scenario and can't get it to work properly. On stage I have two objects. The first object is a movieclip called "circle1", instance of "circle_mc" which is just an ordinary circle. The second object is a window called circle_window. So far there is no problem. When I test the movie I can freely move the window around. I am running into problems as soon as I link a class ( Circle ) to the circle1 object. The class I am linking is: class Circle { public function Circle( g:MovieClip ) { } } Nothing fancy at all. It is stored in I am using "Export for ActionScript" and "Export in first frame" to link Circle to circle_mc. When I test the movie now I can drag the circle_window only once and as soon as I stop dragging it and release the mouse button the flash player freezes and displays the message "A script in this movie is causing Flash Player to run slowly..." Unchecking "Export in first frame" gave me the same result. I just can't explain why this is happing. Any ideas on how to solve this strange problem will be greatly appreciated.

Best Development Tool for Actionscript?

Postby howa » Sat, 22 Jul 2006 00:46:35 GMT


Currently which (free or opensource) development kit for AS is the best?

I have owned a Flash MX 2004, but the IDE suck!


Re: Best Development Tool for Actionscript?

Postby DMennenoh **AdobeCommunityExpert** » Sat, 22 Jul 2006 02:09:03 GMT

Where I work part-time we use Eclipse with FDT. Eclipse is free, FDT is 
not... You might try ASDT instead, I think it is free, though I don't 
believe it's as feature rich as FDT... I will say FDT needs work though, 
it's good but it's not great by any stretch. There's also SEPY which is 
free, but not nearly as popular as Eclipse with FDT or ASDT.

Personally, I think the Flash IDE is pretty good... it colors code better 
than any of the external editors - they are all quite poor in that regard. 
But the Flash IDE severely lacks a feature all of the external editors have, 
and that is listing your class methods somewhere where you can click and 
jump to them... Flash doesn't have this at all and it is totally {*filter*}- 
_all_ external editors have this, Director has this... Flash needs this, and 
it's my major complaint about it.

So, in short - nothing is perfect. They are all deficient in pretty major 

Dave -
Adobe Community Expert

Re: Best Development Tool for Actionscript?

Postby blemmo » Sat, 22 Jul 2006 05:37:15 GMT

I use FlashDevelop, from  http://www.**--****.com/ . It has quite good syntax 
highlighting, code hints and a method browser in a nice clean IDE. It also has 
a syntax checker which works with MTASC, but I never tried that. It's free, so 
give it a try.


Re: Best Development Tool for Actionscript?

Postby Bruce » Sat, 22 Jul 2006 23:22:48 GMT

SE|PY Actionscript editor works really good, good code hints, coloring,

Have been using it for years, and its free...



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