10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2008 10:31 PM by Newsgroup_User RSS

    ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3

    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--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.
        • 1. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
          Damon Edwards Community Member
          Yes, you can publish down to AS2, and even save down to Flash 8 if you feel the need.
          • 2. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
            Newsgroup_User Community Member
            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."


            • 3. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
              hezekiah-1812 Community Member
              Thanks.
              How exactly does it work, though?

              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, is that pull-down still there, with ActionScript 3.0 the default, and with ActionScript 1.0 & 2.0 below it?
              • 4. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
                hezekiah-1812 Community Member
                Thanks, David!

                I can barely write a line of 2.0 code; but I can *read* it sufficiently well enough to cannibalize and cobble other people's stuff into fairly complex files.

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

                Good starting points?

                Or add Colin Moock?

                Or... feel free to give yourself a plug.
                • 5. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
                  ntbdy Community Member
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                  • 6. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
                    Newsgroup_User Community Member
                    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."


                    • 7. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
                      hezekiah-1812 Community Member
                      Thanks, Man!

                      I gonna get your Foundation book!
                      • 8. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
                        Newsgroup_User Community Member
                        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."


                        • 9. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
                          hezekiah-1812 Community Member
                          Just bought it, David.
                          See if your Amazon ranking changed!

                          God Bless the Internet!
                          • 10. Re: ActionScript 2.0 in Flash CS3
                            Newsgroup_User Community Member
                            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."