Thursday, May 27, 2010

Create a Flash Professional Project in Flash Builder - Part 1

In this post I am going to cover part of the new Flash Pro/Flash Builder feature that we implemented in the recent release of Adobe Flash Authoring (Adobe Flash CS5).I am going to start with the entry points to create your Flash Professional Project.

From Adobe Flash Builder 4 :
1. Launch Adobe Flash Builder.
2. Right click on package Explorer and select "Flash Professional Project" as follows :

3. Select New > Flash Professional Project and you should get prompted with the following dialog :

4. Click on the browse button and select a target Fla file. Remember each Flash Professional Project has to be have a target Fla file. As you see in the above dialog, the default location on where your project is going to get created is Flash Builder workspace. Of course, you can un-check the default location and point to any location you want. For now we are going to keep it as is.
5. Click "Finish".
6.Now,If Flash Professional was not launched.Creating the project is going to launch Flash Professional and publish without opening the Fla file in Flash.
7. Once you create a Flash Professional Project a three icons for (Publish,Debug,and Test Movie) get enabled as follows :

And also all your Fla file settings get copied over to Flash builder at the time of the creation of your project such as (library Path,source path,etc..). For instance, if you have a custom SWC that you added to your Library path of your Fla, that SWC will get copied over to Flash Builder when you create your project and you can code against it in Flash Builder.

Note : the Fla file settings get copied over to Flash Builder only at the time of the creation of your project which means that if you add a swc to your Fla file, your Flash Professional Project settings in Flash Builder won't sync. You can see your Flash Professional Settings by :
1. Right Click on your Flash Professional Project in Flash Builder
2. Select "Properties".
3. Click on "ActionScript Build Path" category.

As you see all the Fla settings have been copied over.

From here you can "Test Movie" using "Ctrl + Enter" for windows Or " Command + Enter for Mac. You can also Publish and Debug from within Flash Builder.

In the part2 of this post, i am going to cover how to creating a Flash Professional Project from Flash Professional and talk about preferences.



  1. I am creating a project where i have a custom workspace /Projects and a project TestProject i want my fla files saved ina folder inside TestProject/assets/fla. i create the fla file in Flash cs5 and then either hit the document class button and choose flash builder as editor or i open flash builder and create a new Flash Professional Project set TestProject/assets/fla/main.fla as my target fla. i get the same error the location overlaps the location of another project asnd it wont let me continue. is this an eclipse bug. how do we fix this

  2. This is a limitation of the feature that we are aware of. I don't know if there is any way around this.

  3. I also have a similar problem. For example: if I want to share the same .as document class with several different .flas, every time I click the little edit pencil icon to edit the document class, it prompts me to create a new Flash professional project in Flash Builder.

    This is pretty sad that you guys couldn't get this right. How do you ever expect people to consider Flash to be a professional programming tool with thses kinds of basic issues?

  4. pour flash builder4 version d'essaie est ce que on peut creer un fichier .fla,,