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ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3

Feb 26, 2008 10:11 AM

I am thinking of upgrading from Flash 8 to CS3 but I'm skittish about legacy code compatibility and would like the option -- in CS3 -- of continuing to code in AS 2.0 for the foreseeable future--until I know AS 3.0 cold and/or I'm ready to do whole new projects in it. Is this possible?

I have books on both CS 3 and AS 3 and they don't seem to address this question.

Thanks.
 
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    Feb 26, 2008 10:51 AM   in reply to hezekiah-1812
    Yes, you can publish down to AS2, and even save down to Flash 8 if you feel the need.
     
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    Feb 26, 2008 10:58 AM   in reply to hezekiah-1812
    hezekiah-1812,

    > I am thinking of upgrading from Flash 8 to CS3 but I'm skittish
    > about legacy code compatibility and would like the option -- in
    > CS3 -- of continuing to code in AS 2.0 for the foreseeable future

    No worries! :)

    > Is this possible?

    Absolutely. Flash CS3 publishes all the way back to Flash Player 1, if
    your project needs it. (That's before ActionScript altogether.) With Flash
    CS3, you can code in ActionScript 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0, as well as the
    specialized versions of ActionScript for devices (cell phones, etc.) called
    Flash Lite.


    David Stiller
    Co-author, Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers
    http://tinyurl.com/2k29mj
    "Luck is the residue of good design."


     
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    Feb 26, 2008 11:23 AM   in reply to hezekiah-1812
    don't forget that there is a 30 free trial
     
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    Feb 26, 2008 12:19 PM   in reply to hezekiah-1812
    hezekiah-1812,

    > Thanks, David!

    Sure thing.

    >> In my Flash 8 Actionscript panel, for instance, there is a pull-down
    >> menu in the upper left that has the following options: ActionScript
    >> 1.0 & 2.0; Flash Lite 1.0 ActionScript or Flash Lite 1.1 ActionScript

    In Flash CS3, you get new entries in that list.

    >> In Flash CS3, is that pull-down still there, with ActionScript 3.0 the
    >> default, and with ActionScript 1.0 & 2.0 below it?

    The default choice depends on what sort of FLA file you open. If you do
    File > New, you have the choice to start in AS3 or AS2 (which also counts as
    AS1) -- or you can change the Publish Settings at any time (File > Publish
    Settings > Flash), though doing so after you've already begun coding is very
    likely to lead to warning and error messages, for obvious reasons.

    > I recently bought Russell Chun's CS3 and Rich Shupe's Learning AS 3.

    I've heard good things about Rich Shupe's and Zevan Rosser's "Learning
    ActionScript 3.0: A Beginner's Guide" (O'Reilly). Hadn't heard of Russell
    Chun's book, but it has high marks on Amazon.com.

    > Good starting points?

    Based on Amazon reviewers, they look good! :) These seem to focus more
    on ActionScript 3.0 than 2.0, but if you're already comfortable (at least,
    comfortable enough) in AS2, that may be just what you're after.

    > Or add Colin Moock?

    I value Colin Moock's work tremendously and regularly consult his books.

    > Or... feel free to give yourself a plug.

    "Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers" (friends of ED) has been selling
    very well and has also received favorable reviews on Amazon.com. I wrote
    that one last year with Tom Green, and it's been a neat experience all
    around. I'm usually very active on these forums, so that might be useful if
    you choose to buy that one. The past couple months have been unsually busy
    for me, because I'm working on a new title for O'Reilly, but I'll be back in
    the saddle very soon.


    David Stiller
    Contributor, How to Cheat in Flash CS3
    http://tinyurl.com/2cp6na
    "Luck is the residue of good design."


     
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    Feb 26, 2008 5:18 PM   in reply to hezekiah-1812
    hezekiah-1812,

    > Thanks, Man!
    >
    > I gonna get your Foundation book!

    Thank you!


    David Stiller
    Adobe Community Expert
    Dev blog, http://www.quip.net/blog/
    "Luck is the residue of good design."


     
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    Feb 26, 2008 10:31 PM   in reply to Newsgroup_User
    hezekiah-1812,

    > Just bought it, David.
    > See if your Amazon ranking changed!

    Thanks again for the purchase. :) I sincerely appreciate it.


    David Stiller
    Adobe Community Expert
    Dev blog, http://www.quip.net/blog/
    "Luck is the residue of good design."


     
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