Aren't the 8 "outer" areas in a scale9 gride supposed to remain the same size independent of the scale? And the inner section is only supposed to scale? Flash CS4 definitely doesn't do it this way, but I always thought that's how scale9 slices are supposed to function, so that your edges, and corners always look beautified.
I see where the failure is. It does not "slice" gradient's. bummer
BUT, you can sidestep this by using the Combine Objects > Union tool on the vector gradient areas in the "outer" slices. Thanks for the help !
I would attach an FLA but the uploader won't let me....