My Experience Createing Flash Extensions

Is that Adobe doesn’t support many of their features in JSFL! I’ve also seen various examples in their documentation that would never compile, because the code is outright wrong!

So if you know the people in charge of this, please go tell them to make sure their shit works before they ship it!

Here are two examples that I encountered, that really pissed me off:

  • You can’t set the stroke to empty with the API, but there’s no problem setting fill to empty. My workaround is to swap colors, then set fill to empty, then swap again. (Thanks Justin)
  • They did add support for setting the matrix of a gradient fill, they somehow just forgot to implement it in Flash. So nothing happens!



Anyway, if you want to get started creating these things, you should check out these two articles:

Their live doc is pretty awful, but they have published a pdf for each version with faster access for documentation.


Extra Awesome

Finally, I’ve just seen the “Creative Suite Extension Builder“. I’ve never heard of it before, but sounds like something really cool! They’ve made a wrapper for all the features in the different IDEs (Photoshop, Illustrator) so you can access that with AS3 – just not with full support for Flash! But if you want to create some extra functionality for an Adobe product, go check it out!

Posted on November 24th, 2011
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