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Is there a way to save out/export vector art from Flash CC to open as vector art in Illustrator CC?

Jul 22, 2013 2:03 PM

Is there a way to save out/export vector art from Flash CC to open as vector art in Illustrator CC?

 
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    Jul 22, 2013 8:23 PM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    Hi James ,

     

    You can try https://github.com/davebelais/Extensible/blob/master/Javascript/Extens ible/SVG.jsfl which creates an SVG formatted image for your artwork. However , this is a third party extension and there might be scenarios which are not handled in this. For more info you can also check the forum post - http://forums.adobe.com/message/5498364#5498364

     

    Further , we will have vector export from Flash as one of the features for our next major update.

     

    Thanks and Regards,

    Sudeshna Sarkar

    Adobe Flash Professional Team

     
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    Jul 23, 2013 1:09 AM   in reply to sudeshna sarkar

    Sudeshna

     

    I loved the FXG format, I do all my vector drawing in Flash and FXG was a breath of fresh air to me because it exported everything perfectly. Including, finally, after many years, the gradients. Now I find it is gone, I am heatbroken :-)

     

    Bas

     
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    Jul 23, 2013 1:18 AM   in reply to sudeshna sarkar

    In the past we could export to formats like wmf. It was very useful for exporting to various programs. Then it was just FXG.

    Now it's nothing. Incredibly frustrating.

     
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    Jul 23, 2013 9:45 AM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    James, if you like I could have a look and try to convert a file for you...

     

    Bas

     
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    Jul 23, 2013 8:13 PM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    Yes James , if possible can you share the file with us. I can try to do the conversion for you.

     

    Thanks,

    Sudeshna

     
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    Jul 30, 2013 2:28 AM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    This is not only frustrating, this is just unconsciousness !....

    I draw all my vectors in Flash because it is just the tool I need to draw vector arts.

    And then I need to export them to print them, or to share them with others.

    And the only way I could do it was by exporting it in FXG.

     

    Now there is no way to export vector files from Flash CC.

    If Adobe wanted to kill Flash, it is one good way.... But hey, Adobe has already begun to kill Flash with CS4, so.....

     
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    Jul 30, 2013 2:51 AM   in reply to Alesclandre

    Same here, I find that somehow Flash is much easier for drawing vectors than Illustrator. Somehow this doen't get picked up though. I'm back using CS6 mainly because of the object-level undo.

     

    Cheers!

     
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    Jul 30, 2013 4:41 PM   in reply to Bas Kleverlaan

    I started drawing in Illustrator with version 1 in 1987, but when I learned the Flash way of doing it I found I preferred Flash for many types of illustrations. With FXG I'd export vectors from Flash and import them into Illustrator for tweaking. It was shocking when I opened Flash CC and didn't see the export or the import for Illustrator CC. I had to go back to working in CS6 like many others. Very disappointing Adobe.

     
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    Jul 30, 2013 7:58 PM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    Hi James ,

     

    I haven't received the test FLA from you. Can you share it again?

     

    Regards,

    Sudeshna

     
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    Jul 31, 2013 12:46 AM   in reply to John R Nyquist

    Let me say that the import of illustrator files works pretty well. And that's a really good point.

     

    But there is a real lack of export from Flash CC to illustrator.

    Hope it is in the way of being corrected. Or reimplemented.

     
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    Jul 31, 2013 12:55 AM   in reply to Alesclandre

    Yes Alesclandre , we are looking into Flash-Illustrator workflows for the next update and we will have a vector export from Flash which could be imported into Adobe Illustrator.

     

    Regards,

    Sudeshna

     
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    Jul 31, 2013 1:01 AM   in reply to sudeshna sarkar

    Thanks ! That's great news ! Is there a website where we can see what's in the pipeline for Adobe products ?

     
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    Jul 31, 2013 1:23 AM   in reply to Alesclandre

    Hi Alesclandre,

    Are you signed up for the Flash Pro Prerelease ? .If not, do you want to be signed up ?

    You will be able to find information on what the post CC product releases are looking like

     

    Thanks

    Raghuram

    Flash Pro Team

     
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    Jul 31, 2013 3:06 AM   in reply to raghuram.cg

    Yes, that's an idea, thanks !

     
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    Jul 31, 2013 6:06 AM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    Hi James ,

     

    I was able to convert the file to SVG and the generated SVG gets rendered properly in all browsers and also Inkscape. But on importing the file into Adobe Illustrator , it crashes.

     

    Let me see if there is some way to run it in Illustrator. For the time being I am emailing you the svg generated from the FLA file.

     

    Thanks and Regards,

    Sudeshna Sarkar

     
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    Aug 28, 2013 6:04 PM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    This is ABSOLUTELY maddening.  Are you kidding me?  MANY MANY MANY people use flash for illustration.  There is no literally no way to export a file as a usable vector file.  I have a project due for a client tomorrown and now I have no way to deliver it to them, which is also a result of Adobe disabling my ability to even save the file as a CS5 format. 

     

    Please stop removing features from your software at random without even knowing what your users are using.  This is absolutely unacceptable and ridiculous.

     
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    Oct 2, 2013 8:42 AM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    At our workplace, we were frustrated with Flash CC but we figured out Adobe still lets Creative Cloud subscribers download CS6.

     

    Log in and then go here:
    https://creative.adobe.com/products/flash

     

    Then look for the dropdown under the header "In This Version" and switch the dropdown to CS6.

     

    CS6 exports to fxg, among other things prior to useful artists' features being scrapped or re-made to an alpha state.

     
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    Oct 2, 2013 9:47 AM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    There was a response in July that this was going to be implemented. It's now October :-)

     
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    Oct 3, 2013 6:08 PM   in reply to gataviano

    @gataviano - Not only was the response in July, but it said "we are looking into Flash-Illustrator workflows for the next update and we will have a vector export from Flash which could be imported into Adobe Illustrator." We've had an update since that post and it did not include any such functionality.

     
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    Oct 4, 2013 7:48 AM   in reply to John R Nyquist

    Yeah, I was pretty sure there had been updates since then as well. Would be great if it was rolled out soon. I guess we're at Adobe's discretion :-)

     
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    Oct 23, 2013 8:02 AM   in reply to sudeshna sarkar

    That's awesome, because Flash is the best tool for vector graphics I've tryed.

     
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    Nov 30, 2013 8:04 AM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    Ive found how to import vector art from Flash CS6 to Illustrator CC

     

    Simpley -

     

    In Flash:

    File/Print/

    Save your art as .pdf

     

    Open in Illustrator

     
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    Nov 30, 2013 11:55 AM   in reply to idomart

    Oh man, you had me all excited there for a second idomart! That would a genius solution if Adobe hadn't taken Print OUT of Flash. It's kinda like they're doing it on purpose.

    Screenshot 2013-11-30 11.51.41.png

     
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    Dec 2, 2013 12:13 AM   in reply to Asymetrical

    CS6 is not a problem : you can export as image and then select FXG. It works very well.

     

    CC IS a real problem : there is absolutely no export to a vector format.

     
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    Dec 3, 2013 11:29 AM   in reply to Alesclandre

    you can export Flash artwork out as a PDF and import into Illustrator. Look up printing from flash specfically Joshua Davis as he creates complex illustrations from Flash and exports them into Illustrator by way of print to postscipt.

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5112509/swf-to-illustrator-friendly -format-vector

     

    it can still be done in Flash CC but you need to find the right print driver.

     
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    Dec 12, 2013 2:43 PM   in reply to SortOfSmart

    SortOfSmart wrote:

     

    At our workplace, we were frustrated with Flash CC but we figured out Adobe still lets Creative Cloud subscribers download CS6.

     

    Log in and then go here:
    https://creative.adobe.com/products/flash

     

    Then look for the dropdown under the header "In This Version" and switch the dropdown to CS6.

     

    CS6 exports to fxg, among other things prior to useful artists' features being scrapped or re-made to an alpha state.

     

    This is the answer right here. Thank you very much SortOfSmart!

     

    Download Flash Professional CS6 as he/she described. It is free for CC subscribers and does not interfere with Flash Professional CC.

     
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    Jan 7, 2014 3:10 AM   in reply to JamesRoberts.Designer

    So, it's now January 2014, I see that is nowhere near to be solved?!

    How come it is even possible that nothing has changed?

     

    To give a good example, imagine a small studio is making animated series in flash, and then it needs to print out dvd's covers, posters and a lot of merchandise with the characters of the show. And that is vital for the studio to make it on the market, to be able to deliver the product to the client and so on. Thanks to Adobe here it turns out it's completely impossible. The only solution is to trace everything manually dot by dot in Illustrator, which consumes an inmense amount of time and effort.

    So you would have to loose money, time, people's resources because of that.

     

    This is an act of an awful disrespect for the clients who pay a considerable amount of money for the product. Moreover, not doing anything for over six month after the issue's been reported, how can it even be serious?

     
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    Jan 7, 2014 6:19 AM   in reply to mopkamopka

    you can save flash files out as .fxg format and import them into illustrator. another alternative although I admit doesnt utilise CC is to open up an older version of Flash CS4-ish and export out to pdf and then again import thru illustrator. I have  used both methods and have no issues to report.

     

    there have been a long line of questions on how to do this flash to illustrator art questions and has been covered numerous times throughout the forums. If nothing else please look up Joshua Davis, Brendan Dawes and the ground breaking work they contributed to the Flash community on how to do just this type of thing.

     

    I'm sorry you were not satisfied with a proper walk through hand held answer.

     
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    Jan 7, 2014 6:23 AM   in reply to mm.art.director

    hi, yes you can save a .fxg in the older flash versions, but this option is removed completely form CC, that's the main issue over here.

     
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    Jan 7, 2014 6:30 AM   in reply to mopkamopka

    yes but as noted above they can still d/l CS6 free of charge with no issues

    while also running CC and use that method. I do recall seeing a script for

    CC exporting out of FL. looking for it now again

    TY

     
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    Jan 7, 2014 6:32 AM   in reply to mm.art.director

    This is not the question. It seems there are ways to do this, but these are not simple ways. If you've been working on Flash CC for several months, it is a mess to export to Illustrator.

     

    What we do expect is a vector export from Flash CC. If we have to stick to Flash CC, there HAS to be this export feature.

    The answer from sudeshna sarkar marked as "correct" and saying they're working on it is dated july 31st...

     
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    Jan 7, 2014 6:36 AM   in reply to Alesclandre

    I agree Adobe should have kept the feature. but not wanting to simply

    revert to a slightly older version to get your result seems well childish

    if you have to get it done. As I mentioned here is an AIR app that will run

    the swf to svg format for you to then open in Illustrator. As someone who

    quite frequently builds generative art work and exports from FL CS6 to

    Illustrator CC I have had no issues.  here is the link:

    There is a handy GIthub project called

    SWF2SVG:<https://github.com/flying-sheep/SWF2SVG>

    https://github.com/flying-sheep/SWF2SVG

     
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