5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 2, 2008 9:15 AM by Newsgroup_User

    I don't need symbols

    knew-bee Level 1
      Hi. I'm a long time Flex user but I'm very new to Flash. I have to use Flash for my current project because I need the end result to be fully self contained.
      I prefer working with bitmaps rather than symbols. I like to create Sprites and MovieClips programmatically. This means I have no need for the symbols that are automatically created when I import images into the library. I find myself having to take the extra step of deleting these symbols every time I import an image. I have a lot of images to import, and it's becoming a little annoying.
      Is there any way to turn off the auto creation of symbols?

      And as long as I'm here, is there any way to import more than one image at a time? If not, there really should be.

      Thanks for any help.

        • 1. Re: I don't need symbols
          Level 7
          knew-bee,

          > This means I have no need for the symbols that are automatically
          > created when I import images into the library.

          Odd. That doesn't happen for me. I import a bitmap to the Library, and
          all I see is the bitmap.

          > I find myself having to take the extra step of deleting these symbols
          > every time I import an image. I have a lot of images to import, and
          > it's becoming a little annoying.

          You can always sort by type and gather them more easily in one swoop.

          > Is there any way to turn off the auto creation of symbols?

          Heh, if that's a feature, I can't see how to turn it *on*! Can you
          describe your import process?

          > And as long as I'm here, is there any way to import more than
          > one image at a time? If not, there really should be.

          I go to File > Import > Import to Librray, then hold down Ctrl while
          selecting any number of bitmaps from my file system (provided they're in the
          same folder). Then I click the Open button in the Import to Library dialog
          box ... and all of my selected images appear in the Library -- without
          automatic symbol conversion.

          If you have sequentially numbered files, you only have to select the
          first one, and Flash will prompt to see if it should import them all.


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


          • 2. Re: I don't need symbols
            Rothrock Level 5
            My guess is that he is using import to library instead of import to stage.
            • 3. Re: I don't need symbols
              Level 7
              Rothrock,

              > My guess is that he is using import to library instead
              > of import to stage.

              When I use import to Library, I don't get automatically generated
              symbols.


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


              • 4. Re: I don't need symbols
                Rothrock Level 5
                That is strange. At home on a Mac with CS3 I do get the bitmap and the clip when I import to Library but not when I import to stage.

                Here are work using a PC and Flash 8 I only get the bitmap.

                On both machines and version import to stage just brings in the bitmap.

                I wonder if this is one of those Mac vx. PC things?
                • 5. Re: I don't need symbols
                  Level 7
                  Rothrock,

                  > I wonder if this is one of those Mac vx. PC things?

                  Interesting. I'll bet your hunch has merit, sir. I've tested on Flash
                  8, CS3, and other versions -- all on WinXP -- and my experience is the same
                  as I described earlier.

                  Sounds like job for JSFL, then, which is my very next suggestion to
                  knew-bee. Dig into the "Extending Flash" book in the documentation, and
                  you'll find a language that lets you automate the IDE, programmatically
                  manipulate files, and even create custom tools. You could loop through the
                  Library relatively easily with a quick command, and batch out those
                  deletions. You could even assign a keyboard shortcut to your command.


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