39 Replies Latest reply on Apr 3, 2013 2:34 PM by asydd

    Flash CS5 instance name problems


      I can't give instance names in my AS2 project. When I click on the Instance Name box it is locked. I can only give instance names to the text objects. Movie clips and buttons are locekd. Please Help

        • 1. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
          nrajbhan Level 3



          Are you having this issue with all FLA files or just specific ones? If you create a new FLA file and add a symbol to the stage, can you give it an instance name?




          • 2. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

            I am seeing this too. Happens for a FLA opened in CS5 with publish settings for AS 2.0 - changing the target Flash Player version didn't have an effect. Had to revert back to Flash CS4 and back-save all my FLAs in order to change the instance name!

            • 3. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
              Craig Grummitt Level 3

              bizarre, am seeing it too. Instance name is greyed out and non-editable.

              • 4. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                Daniel Polsen

                same problem. looks like a bug…

                Will you fix it? Cause we actually can't work with this product

                • 5. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                  I am having the exact same problem.  Very frustrating

                  • 6. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                    Craig Grummitt Level 3

                    for anyone encountering this problem, my 'hack' solution was to save it as CS4, go into CS4, change it, save it, then go back to CS5, reopen it, and finally i could change the instance names...

                    • 7. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                      I can confirm this is still an issue - and a huge one at that.  I have literally hundreds of CS5 files that I can now no longer work on unless i save them as CS4 files and work on them in CS4.  No matter if I reset or restart CS5 - now NO cs5 as2 file will allow me to rename the instance.   What an utterly disgusting bug - i'm now looking at dozens of hours to simple resave files so i can modify instance names - what a joke.  Adobe - any help?

                      • 8. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                        wkirklutz Level 1

                        I too am encountering the same bug. Hey Adobe, are you listening? Need this fixed pronto. While I would love to author in AS3, most web pubs require AS2 for some reason.



                        • 9. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                          wkirklutz Level 1

                          Just realized that we jumped from CS3 to CS5. So I have no means to save backwards.


                          Adobe? Any kind of work around would really be helpful. My next step will be to reprogram in AS3, but my flash is VERY complicated and I have just a simple change. Really need to be able to edit the instance name.



                          • 10. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                            Try saving the file as .xfl (uncompressed flash file), re-opening the .xfl and saving it again as CS5 .fla. This worked for my files.



                            • 11. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                              CameronLS1 Level 1

                              I was having this same problem and found this thread. I actually tried quitting Flash and restarting and on the restart I was able to change the instance names again. Maybe an easier work around than the CS4 route.

                              • 12. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                Same problem here. Restarting, rebooting, saving as CS4 and reopening didn't help.

                                • 13. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                  Yikes.  I'm a member of this club too.


                                  Just wanted to say that if you don't want to bother with saving your file as CS4, there's another way to get around this.


                                  Just create classes for your assets, and then call them programmatically.  And, as you all probably know, in case you have loaders, don't export them for frame 1, or there'll be a delay before your loader appears.


                                  update:  suddenly, I can access the instance input field in the property panel again.  I have no idea how it fixed itself, but I hope this happens for everyone else too.

                                  • 14. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                    J0HNS0N Level 1

                                    This is an ongoing problem; two or three times a day, you have to restart Flash if you want to change instance names for objects on the stage using the properties inspector. Very annoying! This is one of the most basic things that you want to do in Flash and it's worked in all the previous versions of the program. The option simply becomes unavailable perioidically, and the only way to get it back is to relaunch Flash until you accomplish your task.

                                    • 15. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                      yavstr Level 1

                                      This is really frustrating, i've resatred quite a few times and nothing. I dont' have CS4 or CS3 so saving back won't help and I'm only working on a banner so creating classes isn't an optoin.


                                      I was able to tab into the field but that didnt' solve my issues as Flash is ignoring the instance names.


                                      This needs to be fixed.

                                      • 16. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                        J0HNS0N Level 1

                                        This continues to be a problem for us, but there's another workaround: in your actions panel, click the 'insert target path' icon, and navigate to the instance that you need to name or re-name. You can now make the edit from within this panel, rather than on the stage.

                                        • 17. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                          J0HNS0N Level 1

                                          Actually this workaround is only good for un-named instances. If you want to change an existing instance name, you're out of luck unless you happen to get editable instance names in your property panel again by restarting Flash. 

                                          • 18. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                            tugted Level 1

                                            Totally get your frustration, but don't get why classes aren't an option.  I'm not talking about the [perhaps] daunting spectre of external AS files and OOP.


                                            Just talking about clicking the 'export for actionscript' in the properties panel, naming the class, and then creating an instance of it via code.  From that point on, it is yours to control however you'd like to.

                                            • 19. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                              yavstr Level 1

                                              These are for a client and I have to have everything on the stage (not my choice nor my prefered method of working), but it's required for this project. I think they want to be able to go and move things around and they don't have ayone that can work with the code.


                                              It's also the only reason I use AS2.

                                              • 20. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                tugted Level 1

                                                Gotcha.  Sorry for making you have to explain yourself.  That is a bummer.

                                                • 21. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                  yavstr Level 1

                                                  All good. I think we're all frustrated with the bugs we're finding in CS5.


                                                  Earlier today I had my PhotoShop tool cursors all locked up and had to find a hack patch application to fix that.

                                                  • 22. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                    Hey guys,


                                                    I struggled with this too.


                                                    It seems if you make a reference to it in the action script it allows you to set an instance of that name (basically. why would you need to set a name if there is no reference to it in the action script)


                                                    e.g add something like


                                                    mc_myMovieClipName.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_OVER, myFunction);


                                                    and you will be allowed to rename a new symbol of that name.
                                                    (or change your existing references to your OLD movieclip name and you will be allowed to rename it)


                                                    If there are 2 symbols on the stage and only 1 reference in the code. only 1 symbol will be allowed to be named and you will have to add...


                                                    mc_myMovieClipName2.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_OVER, myFunction2);


                                                    to the code in order to name the second movieclip.



                                                    Please let me know if this helps.

                                                    • 23. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                      NO word from Adobe on this? REALLY!?


                                                      We need a fix. Flash is in enough trouble as it is, with Apple effectively phasing it out. Give your current users some support. Fix this problem. And fix the ridiculous FONT display problem!


                                                      I was once sad that Flash is being phased out. Now I can't wait for everything to be HTML5.


                                                      I miss Macromedia.

                                                      • 24. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                        The status of this thread is set to "Possibly Answered".   This is missleading, the problem still exists.  It appears that the issue doesn't have one fix that works for everyone.  None of the above solutions work for me, for example.  The status of this thread should be set to "Ignored by Adobe".  That would be accurate.

                                                        • 25. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                          Sukhi12 Level 1

                                                          Hi ,


                                                          Can anyone please provide me with some details . I have gone through the details  in  this thread and I couldnt reproduce this issue here  .


                                                          Is this happening when  creating a New Fla file in  CS5 or  Opening an existing previous version  Fla Files ?




                                                          Flash Authoring

                                                          • 26. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                            alastorminister Level 1

                                                            The issue appears in FLAs created in CS5.  The issue doesn't seem to have reliable steps to replicate.  In my latest case, I was working on the FLA for 3 days without incident, then the issue suddenly appeared.  Attempts to force the issue to appear 'on-demand' have failed.  I've used CS5, heavily (7-10 hours a day) since it first was released, and I've only had the issue appear about a dozen times.  I'm running MAC OS X, with CS4 and CS5 installed.

                                                            • 27. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                              tugted Level 1

                                                              My guess is that it'll be hard to replicate, because it is pretty erratic.


                                                              For me, periodically the instance name input field in the property panel  becomes unable to receive focus.   This has never happened with a new file, but happens when I've been working on a file for a while.


                                                              But I should add that when I first posted to this thread it was happening all the time.  Now it almost never happens, and when it does, quitting and re-starting Flash always fixes it.


                                                              But it is pretty clear from some of the other posts that this 'fix' doesn't work for everyone.


                                                              Hope that was helpful.



                                                              • 28. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                                Sukhi12 Level 1

                                                                Thanks all   for  the reply . I'll  investigate this further on our end here and update  .


                                                                Btw . Do you have   all the updates  for flash CS5.


                                                                Sometime recreating  your  preferences files also works :






                                                                • 29. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                                  J0HNS0N Level 1

                                                                  Sukhbir, I work in a team of a few people making ad banners. We all periodically experience this problem of losing access to the instance name in the properties panel when trying to name an object on the stage.

                                                                  We're all on macs, running updated Flash CS5. Relaunching Flash sometimes fixes the problem, but not always.

                                                                  Next time it happens, if I have a few minutes to spare I will try recreating my preference files.


                                                                  • 30. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                                    I am having this problem with AS3 and AIR files in CS5. Trying everything I can think of, to no avail.

                                                                    • 31. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                                      I too have been plagued with this issue of the INSTNACE NAME WINDOW in the properties panel of a movieclip being non editable.


                                                                      You can simply upgrade to CS5.5.  That'll do the trick.  Although for those of you not incontrol of your company's software purchases, try this:


                                                                      Simply click in the movieclip's WIDTH box and hit TAB key.  You will be taken into the INSTANCE name text box and will be able to modify...although the box will still be invisble to the mouse cursor.  BAM!!!!


                                                                      Simple *** but still annoying work around!



                                                                      • 32. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                                        I think it's a memory problem. It happened to me as I was working on a file. I realized that I had Illustrator and Photoshop runnning at the same time. After closing all of them and reopening just Flash, the problem went away.


                                                                        Overall I've found Flash 5.5/Mac to be kind of a pig about RAM. In particular, it takes a noticable amount of time (sometimes up to 10 or 15 SECONDS) to flip from one open FLA to another. Flash 4 did not have that problem. Sounds like an internal memory management problem/memory leak thing to me.


                                                                        Captain Digital

                                                                        • 33. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                                          Hi all,


                                                                          I came across the same problem twice till now!!

                                                                          It happened on files which where perfectly working just the day before, so that makes me realise that it probably has to do with Flash IDE and not the file(s)


                                                                          I solved it by doing the following:


                                                                          1. Opened a new empty file

                                                                          2. Created a new symbol and gave it a name

                                                                          3. Then checked the properties panel and I was able to type/rename the instance name!


                                                                          After that I opened my other files and I was able to work as normal!


                                                                          I hope that will work for all of you, but still Adobe should fix it!!

                                                                          As mentioned above, I'm also on a Mac, Lion OS X, Flash Pro CS5.5


                                                                          Thank you


                                                                          • 34. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                                            Jerry Chabolla Level 1

                                                                            Same issue as well, i'm targeting AS3.  Also on Lion OSX, Mac, Flash Pro CS5.  Close and re-opening works sometimes, not always looks like it depends on how many documents I have open when it comes back up?  I'll have to try @captdigital's and @initcode's next time.


                                                                            Thanks Guys,

                                                                            • 35. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                                              Hitting the TAB button as ski25 said, worked for me fine. It's not an elegant solution, but it works.

                                                                              • 36. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                                                JedR Level 1

                                                                                What up dudes.


                                                                                This is pretty messed up, but I managed to fix it for me by following initcode's instructions above.


                                                                                (I'm on OS X Snow Leopard, Flash CS5.5)

                                                                                • 37. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                                                  Must be a memory issue. I never had a problem 'til I had to start using an older Mac for a project, then had the same problem. So I closed Illustrator and a Flash project I had made to test, and the problem went away.

                                                                                  • 38. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems

                                                                                    For anyone who's following this conversation, I just ran into this same bug in CS6. Instance name is dimmed and can't be changed. The Tab key workaround still works, but the workaround is even more annoying since there are now more options in the property inspector. Now the shortest route is to click in the X-position box and then hit shift-tab three times to get to the instance name.


                                                                                    Figure it out Adobe -- this bug is absurd!

                                                                                    • 39. Re: Flash CS5 instance name problems
                                                                                      asydd Level 1

                                                                                      Had the same problem today CS6 - Cloud based, instance name not available, no other apps open, no memory problem 8GB ram available - closed and reopened app many times, created new AS3 files to no avail. Eventually created an AS2 file and the problem resolved at least for this session so far. Poor design to have this ongoing for so long for such expensive software used by so many making Adobe's pockets so deep.