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Design view in FB 4.5 not working

May 12, 2011 6:32 AM

I have multiple projects that when viewed in FB 4, show in design view perfectly. I have custom skinning and it all looks like it should.

 

I moved these projects over to FB 4.5, and they all look terrible. It basically makes the design view unusable.

 

I have a Flex 4 project with spark components and spark skinning which shows up correctly, but all my mx projects with classic mx skinning does not show up at all.

 

Suggestions?

 
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    May 13, 2011 11:12 AM   in reply to Harbs.

    Hi

    I Have multiples project using Flex sdk 4.1 and the FB 4.5 design view does NOT work! Why ???

     

    I'm very very disappointed with FB 4.5.

     

    Best Regards,

    Miguel

     
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    May 20, 2011 3:48 AM   in reply to Harbs.

    Hi

     

    So Adobe doesn't have any answer to this problem?

     

    Best regards,

    Miguel

     
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    May 22, 2011 6:42 PM   in reply to migueldmag

    I had the same problem. Tried the 4.5 trial.. and it didn't even come with the 4.0 and 4.1 SDKs .. which seems like a bizarre thing to leave out. So I pointed it to the SDKs on my FB 4.0 install and it says "Design mode is disabled as the project uses an incompatible version of the FLEX SDK"

     

    pretty bad experience with the new version so far!  you'd think they woulda thought people would be using flex 4 projects in it...

     
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    Jun 6, 2011 7:13 PM   in reply to Harbs.

    same disappointed

     

    cannot believe when i change sdk 4.1 to 4.5 complie error occured

     

    but cannot design sdk 4.1 project in 4.5 ide

     

    why adobe sells this kind of product...

     
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    Jun 6, 2011 10:02 PM   in reply to AlexOrz

    i love the thread hijacking going on.

     

    try going import flashbuilder project - folder option - select your project folder and try that

     
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    Jun 7, 2011 5:37 PM   in reply to Harbs.

    I can't get Design view to work at all in FB 4.5 plugin Mac Cocoa 32 bit.

     
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    Jun 8, 2011 4:24 AM   in reply to Harbs.

    aaaarrrggghh

     

    I installed a plugin from http://www.elementriver.com/sourcemate3 and also a code-color plugin from eclipse

     

    and now suddenly after a restart my design mode is greyed out!!!!

     

    What can I do??

     
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    Jun 9, 2011 7:05 PM   in reply to Harbs.

    I've tried all the suggested fixes with no luck.

     

    Can someone from Adobe let us know if they need any info to diagnose fix this problem in a new build ?

     

    thanks !!!

     
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    Jun 9, 2011 7:36 PM   in reply to Harbs.

    in my opinion

    flex builder 3 only fullly supports flex 3 and 2, flex 4~ are not supported and the ide cannot create setter/getter and format/cleanup the source code

    flash builder 4 supports flex 4 and 3.X as well but compiler is huge slow and has memory leak and crash issue even tune up xmx=1024

    flash builder 4.5 only supports flex 4.5 and 3.6 but 4.0, 4.1, 3.0, 3.2 are not supported and compiler still huge slow has memory leak and crash issue even tune up xmx=1024

     

    and in my case upgrade project from (below 3.6) to 3.6 or (below 4.5) to 4.5 will occur a compile error

     

    so you can only use flash builder 4.5 to build flex sdk 3.6 or 4.5 project currently i think

    and need an i7 CPU for all version ide

     
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    Jul 8, 2011 7:18 AM   in reply to AlexOrz

    If you switch back to SDK 4.5 it works

     
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    Jul 8, 2011 9:17 AM   in reply to cvangoethem

    False statement.

     

    I have the 4.5 SDK selected and design view does not work with the FB 4.5 Plugin on my Mac with Eclipse Cocoa 32 bit.

     

    Design View is the ONLY reason I haven't switched to IntelliJ.

     
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    Jul 8, 2011 3:44 PM   in reply to Harbs.

    I am having many issues with 4.5 not working | debugger crashing | platforms not showing(only google android) available |

    services not connecting |  on and on

     

    very disappointed

     
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    Jul 14, 2011 2:44 PM   in reply to markster7778

    @Markster7778 Did you enabled other platforms for your application in the project properties?

     

    I'm using FB 4.5 for more than 2 months (7h/day) and my debugger didnt crash once... my design view also works well (didnt try older sdk projects). In fact, I dont think the IDE crashed once since I use it. My service is also connecting as it should on every attempt...

     
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    Jul 14, 2011 3:09 PM   in reply to Rangora

    Are you using FB 4.5 stand alone or plug in ?

     

    I have no problems with stand alone FB, but the eclipse plug in is an absolute nightmare...one of the buggiest bits of kit I've ever suffered with.

     
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    Jul 15, 2011 5:19 AM   in reply to WebTrauma

    I use the standalone version. Sorry, I didnt notice you were talking of the eclipse plugin

     
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    Jul 15, 2011 5:55 AM   in reply to Rangora

    I was using the plugin and now have the standalone all working fine.

    Plus needed to be updated.

    Wish i had a mac for iOS sdk

    Im pretty sure i need one to develop apps for aple?

     

    Mark B

     
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    Jul 15, 2011 10:21 AM   in reply to markster7778

    No you can develop apps for iOS from Windows. It's a little bit more complicate (you must generate a certificate from the command line) but I did it and it works well. I have a mac but I didnt use it and I am debugging an app on my Ipad 2 without any problem! There is a page on the adobe website about the signing process for ios on windows : http://help.adobe.com/en_US/air/build/WS5b3ccc516d4fbf351e63e3d118666a de46-7ff0.html#WSfffb011ac560372f284e44b012cd1e700c0-8000

     
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    Jul 15, 2011 11:39 AM   in reply to Rangora

    Thanks!

    I am reading through the information and it sounds like open ssl will save me the developer fee of $90 bucks at apple.

    Creating the id is free with apple but they stop at the certificate procurement(provisioning portal) and require a fee.

      may be you can answer a question?

    I want to use my application with facebook (and several other platforms)

    Will I need to create or request certificates for each of them?

    do I need to download each individual sdk and api?,...for each platform?

     

    Thanks for your time!

     
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    Jul 15, 2011 11:46 AM   in reply to markster7778

    You will have to pay anyway... You need a file that you download from the Apple dev acount page...

     

    In fact, you should use the AS3 API for those platform. http://www.adobe.com/devnet/facebook.html (for facebook). NOTE : I didnt try the library and it might not work on a real iOS device (if the library try to do unautorized call to the OS).

     

    You must understand that you cannot import an iOS library in AIR (coded in objective-c) or a java library (coded for Android). You are in AIR, you must develop in Actionscript and use AS3 libraries and you must keep in your mind that some libraries aren't design for mobiles and might crash the app on iOS (real device only, not emulator and only when you do a standard deployement).

     
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    Jul 16, 2011 11:29 PM   in reply to Rangora

    Thanks for the info rangora!

     

    I am trying to work with a tutorial creating a mobile twitter app

    (http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/f lex/articles/twitter-trends/build-first-mobile-flex-app.pdf)

    .

     

    Following the tutorial:..

    Trying to connect  the data service with the url he gives (http://search.twitter.com/trends.json)

    returns 404 not found... URL changed since tutorial was made maybe? I dont know?

     

    So went to twitter here (https://dev.twitter.com/docs/api/1/get/trends) and used this

    (http://api.twitter.com/1/trends.json)

    and was connected via flashbuilder test. ok good.

     

    The tutorial has me set the name of the app in the properties dialouge under common as "twitter trends" then

    continue on,  and set debug configurations then run.

     

    The app never connects..... and allways shows.. "Home View" as the title.??( I named the app twitter trends in the wizaed setup and in properties )

    I am sure you can tell by now I am new to  flash builder!

     

    Also Red Circle with X in gutter.. shows within the view file's source page,  (not the application File) stating---   "Cannot resolve attribute 'viewActive' for component type spark.components.View". this occurs after trying to insert  viewActive="refresh()"  into the <s:view> tag,  in which the tutorial calls for this to be done to refresh the page view when using the "back control" in the app.(switching views)

    4.5 returns red X error saying.. parse error.. must be inside <fx:declaration> tag...  so I put it in there,  and

    4.5  returns error ... cannot follow <s: callresponder>.(which is inside the declaration tag) so I moved it between the </fx:script tag>

    and the <fx:Declarations> tag> and still the same error statement....huh...it is not inside the declarations tag anymore and still in the s:view tag's scope, just lower in the page.

     

    hoping to find some kind of answer to this.

     

    "just trying to learn"

    Thanks

     
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    Jul 18, 2011 5:21 AM   in reply to markster7778

    For the callResponder, the s:view scope is where it should be placed, you are ok.

     

    For the viewActive, I think Adobe renamed this event viewActivate after the beta (I might be wrong on this one, but i'm pretty sure you can use viewActivate). It will call refresh() everytime the view is loaded. (after the creation, after a push or a pop or when the user come back from the OS).

     

    The reason why you see an empty home page when you launch the app is because you can't run an app containing errors so the version launched is the last working copy of your app (in your case, an empty app).

     
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    Aug 18, 2011 11:32 AM   in reply to Harbs.

    I had a similar problem, and after some hair-pulling with not being able to switch to design mode, I found an option under "Window" tab called "Enable Design Mode".  I picked that one, and it allowed me to use design mode after that (It also put a checkbox on that option if you look at the window tab again).

     
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:12 PM   in reply to Harbs.

    I downloaded FB 4.5.1 and imported my Flex3 project. I have the same issues, http://forums.adobe.com/thread/894388. Many windows (TitleWindow) don't appear in the Design view.

     

    I'm disappointed in Adobe. Further complicating the issue,  FB3 doesn't work on Mac 10.7 (Lion).

     

    I would upgrade my project to Flex4.5 but that requires Flash 10.2, which I'm sure some of my existing end-users don't have yet (have a SaaS solution that targets enterprise customers).

     

    Not too many options for me..

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:22 PM   in reply to code_away

    I have to wonder, does anyone from Adobe plan on responding? Even if it's to just acknowledge the issues... and better, say what direction they plan on taking (remediating or otherwise). Not sure about you, but I I feel completely left in the dark here.

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:32 PM   in reply to code_away

    I agree with you. I called adobe today, but they refused to help me because I am using the trial version of flashbuilder. They wouldn't help me unless I had a license - now why would I ever purchase something that I know won't work in my situation without assurances they can help get it running.

     

    Btw, did you have a previous version of flexbuilder or flashbuilder loaded prior to this current install?

    Ray Shirley

    The Boeing Company

    Cell: 562-889-0996

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:45 PM   in reply to rayliner

    In a related thread about design view problems http://forums.adobe.com/thread/850869?decorator=print&displayFullThrea d=true  Andrew Shorten, wrote: 

     

    Flash Builder 4.5 provides support for Flex 3.x and 4.x SDKs, with the exception, as you've noted, of design view. The design view is only supported for Flex 3.6 and Flex 4.5.

     

    We understand that not having design view support for Flex 4.0 and 4.1 SDKs is an issue for some customers - unfortunately the only workaround at this time is to use Flash Builder 4.0.

     

    Supporting design view for all SDKs in Flash Builder is something we want to re-enable in a future version of the product, there are however architectural changes that we need to make before that can happen.

     

    If you need access to the installer for Flash Builder 4.0, so as to install Flash Builder 4.0 and 4.5 side-by-side, please contact our customer support team.

     

    Yesterday he wrote a blog post about the future of Flex http://blogs.adobe.com/flex/2011/08/flex-where-were-headed.html 

     

    I know this does not solve your issues but I hope it gives you more information than you previously had.

     

    Michelle Yaiser

    Sr. Content & Community Lead

    Adobe

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:51 PM   in reply to Michelle Yaiser

    I have several outstanding issues right now.  IF this is in regards to not being able to click on the Design tab in order to get into design view, you missed the boat....  After looking through all the options and preferences, I found that if I go to Window-Enable design View, it allows me to then use the design view.  I'm not sure how that option got turned off, nor do I know why you would ever want to disable the design view, but that took care of my problem.

     

    I still have several other outstanding issues... One of them the Adobe phone support 'elected' to not help me with....  Very disturbing.

     

     

    Ray Shirley

    cell phone:  562/889-0996

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:52 PM   in reply to rayliner

    No previous version of Flex Builder was installed - I just purchased a spanking new Macbook Pro (with Lion) and anxiously wanted to get the latest dev tools and make incremental (flex3) and then a major update (flex4) to my app.

     

    Like you, I downloaded the trial. Good thing I didn't purchase yet. Now I'm dusting off my Mac Mini which has FB3.  

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:56 PM   in reply to code_away

    Try calling it into their support.  Amazingly I didn't wait too long for an answer. I asked for a callback, and they called within 10 minutes (like the record said).  I didn't fight with them too much, cause I was late for a meeting.  Maybe you can convince them that you are a potential customer.  I will probably call back when I have a longer amount of time.  I just hadn't expected them to call back so quickly.

     

     

    Ray Shirley

    cell phone:  562/889-0996

     
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:11 PM   in reply to rayliner

    Ray,

     

    My Design View option was already Enabled. My window and UI components still don't appear - except for my "main" application window (and even then, my button icons don't appear).

     

    Code_away

     
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    Sep 15, 2011 11:07 AM   in reply to Harbs.

    Flash Builder 4.5 is a joke. Even when I run a project in Design Mode, the entire interface refreshes after every single change. Font Size 11 -> 12? Wait for Refresh. BorderAlpha 0-9 -> 0.7 Wait for Refresh.

    Lucky for Adobe, developer costs are picked up by my company. I'd ask for a refund.

     
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    Sep 21, 2011 6:58 AM   in reply to Harbs.


    Issue:  problems dragging components on to Design stage or Design Mode Fails. 

     

    I do not appear to have "design mode" tab or window issues but when I would drag a component on to the screen I would get the circle-backslash symbol.  Related issues: errors state "this panel is only available in design mode" and "An unknown item is declared as the root of your mxml document switch to source mode to correct it"

     

    Since I was getting the error in my current project I tried a brand new project, (building a new Android mobile project) and got the same error using Adobe base source code. 

     

    Fix (it's not pretty):  export the project to an FXB, create a new workspace, import the project into the new work space.  It did solved the problem for me. 

     

    Steps. 

    1>File>Export Flash Builder Project

    2>Project{create a name or use the one you have}>Save to desktop

    3>Create a new folder in your directory

    4>File>Import Flash Builder Project

    5>Good luck. 

     
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    Sep 24, 2011 11:29 AM   in reply to AlanChristian

    Nothing works for me. Tried importing a few more times. Did an export then import. In one case, a created a TitleWindow from scratch, copied the old code to the new one, then the UI elements appeared. Then I closed the window then reopened it, only to no longer see the UI elements (simply shows gray screen). I tried refreshing, switch back and forth between Source and Design view.

     

    I'm still awaiting to hear from Adobe on this issue, as I'm sure they are aware of it.

     
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    Nov 17, 2011 5:11 AM   in reply to Harbs.

    For what is worth, mobile design view was not working for me on a Mac. Neither with 4.5 or 4.5.1. I got it to work by creating a new, clean workspace with nothing on it. then if you create a mobile project using the wizard it all works. I beleive if you have existing project on the worspace mobile design view does not work.

     

    Hope this helps somebody.

     
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    Dec 2, 2011 11:23 PM   in reply to Harbs.

    I had the same Design mode being disabled problem. I ended up enabling it back after selecting "Enable Design Mode" from Windows menu in Flash builder 4.5.

     

    Could be the same case of accidental disabling for some one else. Just check if this helps.

     
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    Dec 10, 2011 10:44 AM   in reply to KamalAanand

    @KamalAanand, my Enable Design Mode option was enabled. After much tinkering, I found the issue. See below.

     

     

    ISSUE & ROOT CAUSE:

    As previously mentioned, for many of my TitleWindows, Design View doesn't work. So, today I downloaded and installed FB 4.6 hoping it would somehow address the issue. Of course, it doesn't. Anyhow, if you have a flex 3.6 titlewindow with say a button with embedded icon, the Design View WON'T appear!!!

     

    EXAMPLE CODE THAT WILL BREAK DESIGN VIEW:

     

    <?xml version="1.0"?>

    <mx:TitleWindow xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml" width="250" height="204" layout="absolute">

     

    <mx:Button label="Button2" icon="@Embed(source='assets/accept.png')"  id="btnUsePicture"/> 

     

    </mx:TitleWindow>

    -----------------

     

    Now, remove "icon="@Embed(source='assets/accept.png')" and design view will work.

     

    Can someone from Adobe provide an official comment? I'm shocked that Adobe didn't catch and fix this.

     
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    Feb 13, 2012 7:36 AM   in reply to Harbs.

    Try with ALT+PGUP or ALT+PGDOWN (Works on Mac OS)

    -g

     
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    Apr 18, 2012 12:12 AM   in reply to KamalAanand

    Try Below steps :

     

    selecting "Enable Design Mode" from Windows menu in Flash builder 4.5.

     

    Could be the same case of accidental disabling for some one else. Just check if this helps.

     
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