Hi John ,
Can you please let me know the full Flash version
Go to : Flash > Help > About Flash
It should be something like 11.5.x.x
Hey, Thanks Sukhbir
The version is 18.104.22.1689
Are you saying that just making a copy of the folder "unlinks" the symbols?.... that doesn't sound right!
Are you doing the copy/paste from inside Flash? or outside?, with the Flash program open or not? and it's just a simple copy/paste using Windows Explorer? or some other method?
I am copying a folder of symbols inside flash from one file's library to another file's library. As soon as I save the new file all the symbols in the folder I just copied go blank. Right clicking on them reveals that they have no source file, and that it needs to be re-linked to the file they came from?
It seems like as soon as I save it the library forgets where the symbols are and in essence just looses them.
So is it the "source" folder that looses the links or the copied to "destination" folder that looses the links?
The source folder in the original flash file is fine. The copied version in the new (destination) flash file is what goes blank, and the symbols only go blank after I save it and before I put them on the stage.
It's like in After Effects when you break your file path and your footage goes missing, and needs to be reloaded except all I'm doing is saving the file. I am also constantly saving the file as a CS5 file to avoid some other problems I've had with CS 5.5. Perhaps "save as" is what is breaking the link?
Yes, I was think it's a pathing problem.
Since you can't have two folders with exactly the same name, doing a copy/paste changes that path. OK .....so how can we cheat/fool Flash into using the same path (sort of) for two different folders?
Thinking out load: can you do some testing on a small scale... not the whole project?
Can you CUT/paste and make the destination folder work?
Use the same folder for both libraries? and path from the root folder... sort of like an absolute address but root relative? this needs to be done when you are making the original set of symbols.
Change the location of each sections Library folder so that they are not in the same main folder so that you could use the same subfolder name inside each section folder? For example:
allows you to use the exact same folder name for both section's symbols folder. So if the path to the symbols in "section1" is just /symbols, copy/pasting that into the folder "section2" gives exactly the same path. Now to actually make that work, you may need to introduce as many sub folder levels upward as needed to separate the sections. So review the symbol properties and determine how far up the folder lever you need to go.
Or there may be some simple way in Flash to set root relative paths so that the copy/paste will work... but I don't know of any.
Awesome thanks man!
So the character symbols are organized in folders based on body parts and props, and those symbols are put into one root character folder. I followed your advice and all I ended up doing was changing the name of the root folder to include the specific file name that it was linked to, and that worked!
So instead of just copying the "alice" folder from the one file to the next I copied and changed the name too. So now it's "Alice _01" and "Alice_02" and it seems to be fine with that. It seems odd to me that folder naming in two different file's libraries would affect their symbols, but thank you for breaking it down for me that was very helpful!
You are most welcome!
Glad you got it working.