03.05.13

App used to work with AIR 3.2 or 3.4, doesn’t work with AIR 3.5 or 3.6

Posted in Adobe, Embedding, Error, errors, Flash, Flash CS6, Flex, Mobile, quicktip, SmartPhones at 10:37 am by Curtis J. Morley

AIR 3.5 and 3.6 SDK for mobile require TLF Text to be merged into code.

Because I just spent the last full day dealing with this issue (without finding an answer on any forum) I thought I would share this so that you don't have to bang your head against the wall. You probably found this page because your mobile project worked in AIR 3.2 or AIR 3.4 but when you try to publish your iPhone app or Android app using AIR 3.5 or AIR 3.6 SDK it  breaks.

This is the full error that I was getting when trying to publish from Flash CS6 using AIR 3.6:

Warning: Ignoring 'secure' attribute in policy file from http://fpdownload.adobe.com/pub/swz/crossdomain.xml. The 'secure' attribute is only permitted in HTTPS and socket policy files. See http://www.adobe.com/go/strict_policy_files for details.

TypeError: Error #1009: Cannot access a property or method of a null object reference. at startMeUp/firstRunAnim()[/Users/speedclimb/Documents/cjm/Flash/Mobile/MobileDev/STARTME/startMeUp.as:229] at startMeUp()[/Users/speedclimb/Documents/cjm/Flash/Mobile/MobileDev/STARTME/startMeUp.as:210]

Neither of these AS3 Warnings/ Errors make sense nor have any info to point you to a resolution. Don't try and troubleshoot AS3 Error 1009 The problem is that Apple now requires that all of this is embedded. Adobe complied with the changes from Apple and because of this when creating a mobile app using AIR 3.5 SDK or AIR 3.6 SDK with TLF Text you must have the .swc "Merged into code".

Solution:

In order to compile with AIR 3.5 or 3.6 SDK you have to do one of two things. You can change all of your TLF Text into "Classic" text. This works but is not ideal because then you lose all of the great formatting features of TLF Text. The better solution is that you change the "Default Linkage" in your ActionScript settings to "Merged into code". Sounds complicated but it's not. Go to File >> ActionScript Settings, when the dialog window pops up make sure you are on the "Library Path" tab and then change the drop down from "Runtime Shared Library" to "Merged into code". Below is a screenshot showing how to solve this AIR 3.5+ SDK compiler issue. The important areas are highlighted in red.

Change the Default linkage from "Runtime shared library" to "Merged into code"

Change the Default linkage from "Runtime shared library (RSL)" to "Merged into code"

I hope this saves you 16 hours of brain damage trying to compile your code using AIR 3.5 or AIR 3.6 SDK.

As always Happy Flashing (for mobile)

Curtis J. Morley

 

10.07.12

Flex / Flash TypeError: Error #1006: value is not a function.

Posted in Adobe, Error, Error, errors, Flash, Flash CS5.5, Flash CS6, Flex, quicktip at 5:46 am by Curtis J. Morley

ActionScript Error #1006: A user-defined namespace attribute can only be used at the top level of a class definition.

Description:
This ActionScript error will pop-up when a namespace is declared anywhere besides the class definition. What is a class definition you ask? It is simply the code that names the class - something like 'public class MyClass'

After the class is defined you are allowed to create custom(or 'user-defined') namespace on that level. Anywhere else in the code is not legal. This ActionScript Error is closely related to the Flash/Flex error #1114.
This AS3 error may also just be a typo. you may have typed something like 'publi class' rather than 'public class' or 'prvate function' rather than 'private function'

Fix:
Either fix the misspelling in your code or place the 'user-defined namespace' inside the class definition. The second code example shows a namespace to separate cars and animals. Notice how the bad example nested the 'user-defined namespace' inside the constructor function.

Bad Code 1:

package com.cjm.somepackage
{
publi
class MyClass {
publi
function MyClass() {}
}
}

Good Code 1:

package com.cjm.somepackage
{
public
class MyClass {
public
function MyClass() {}
}
}

Bad Code 2:

package
{
public class MyClass
{
public namespace Cars;
public namespace Animals;

public function MyClass()
{
Animals var Jaguar:String = "A large cat chiefly of South America";
Cars var jaguar:String = "A large car chiefly driven in North America";
}

Cars function run():void {
trace("At $30/mile");
}

Animals function run():void {
trace("On four legs");
}
}
}

Good Code 2:

package
{
public class MyClass
{
public namespace Cars;
public namespace Animals;

Animals var Jaguar:String = "A large cat chiefly of South America";
Cars var jaguar:String = "A large car chiefly driven in North America";

public function MyClass()
{

}

Cars function run():void {
trace("For 100,00 miles");
}

Animals function run():void {
trace("On four legs");
}
}
}

Adobe has a great explanation of how to use namespaces as well as Collin Moock in Essential ActionScript 3 in Chapter 17

Related AS3 Error:
Flex / Flash Error #1006 addEventlistener is not a function

As always Happy Flashing

03.18.11

Posted in Error, Error, errors, Flash, Flash 10, Flash CS5.5, Flex at 6:14 am by Curtis J. Morley

ActionScript Error 1050: Cannot assign to a non-reference value.

ActionScript Error 1050 Description:
This Error is rather simple and you will find the solution to AS3 Error #1050 quick and easy. This Flash/Flex error occurs because you have tried (unintentionally I'm sure) to assign something that cannot be referenced later to another value. In other words you could have tried to assign a string in a trace statement to a value. Once the trace statement occurs that value is obliterated and therefore can never be referenced again. I'm sure that made a lot of sense... if not see the examples below. 🙂

Flex / Flash Error #1050 Fix:
Move the equal sign  ( = ) inside of the quotes.

Bad Code 1:

var word:String = "Wrong place for equal sign";
trace("AS3 Error 1050" =+ word);

Good Code 1:

var word:String = "Wrong place for equal sign";
trace("AS3 Error 1050 = "+ word);

Related Errors:

Flash ActionScript Error 1067 - Implicit coercion of a value of type void to an unrelated type Function. (AS3 Error 1067 is when you try to assign a String to a Number etc...) The above code will give you Flex error 1067 also.

This should help you resolve Flex / Flash Error #1050

Thanks and as always Happy Flashing

Curtis J. Morley

04.01.10

ADOBE CS5 = WOW

Posted in Adobe, Flash, Flex, Photography at 7:18 am by Curtis J. Morley

07.22.09

Which Browsers Come Preinstalled with Flash Player?

Posted in Adobe, Browser, Flash, Flash 10, Flex at 8:45 pm by Curtis J. Morley

Here is the quiz of the day.
Which Browsers Come Preinstalled with Flash Player?

Icons for IE8, Chrome2, Safari 4, Firefox 3, Opera 9

Icons for IE8, Chrome2, Firefox 3, Safari 4, Opera 9

Which Browsers come preinstalled with the Flash Player plugin pre-installed?

  1. Internet Explorer 8 (8.0.7100.0)
  2. Google Chrome 2 (2.0.172.37)
  3. Firefox 3 (3.51)
  4. Opera 9.7 (9.64)
  5. Safari 4 (4.0.2)
Find out the answer after the break.
Break
If you guessed Internet Explorer 8 you would be right.  The way I found this out is because our computer failed and I took it in to get it fixed at EBC computers who did a great job (a little pricey) and replaced the harddrive and installed Windows 7 as the OS.  The first thing I did (after plugging it into our 25" monitor at home) was to download the various browsers.  I then saw the page on Opera Mobile and wanted to check it out.  Surprisingly none of the browsers (including Opera which was the site I was on requiring Flash Player) had the Flash Player preinstalled  except for Internet Explorer 8.
And here are the screenshots to prove it.
Google Chrome Flash Plugin Screenshot
Google Chrome isn't presintalled with Flash Player
Google Chrome isn't preinstalled with Flash Player
Safari Flash Plugin Screenshot
Safari Browser is not presintalled with Flash Player
Safari Browser is not presintalled with Flash Player but had a detiled pop-up
Firefox  Flash Plugin Screenshot
Firefox Browser is not presintalled with Flash Player.  This was pretty lame.
Firefox Browser is not presintalled with Flash Player. This was pretty lame.
Opera Flash Plugin Screenshot
Opera Browser is not presintalled with Flash Player.  The lamest of all.

Opera Browser is not presintalled with Flash Player. The lamest of all.

So what should you do if you run into this scenario?  Go to Adobe of course and Get the Flash Plugin.

Thanks and as always,

Happy Flashing

Curtis J. Morley

03.21.09

Speaking at Elearning DevCon – Flash + Google Analytics = FLOOGLYTICS

Posted in Adobe, Computers, Flash, Flex, Interactive, Search Engine, SEO, Speaking at 10:13 pm by Curtis J. Morley

I am excited to say that I will be speaking at the E-Learning DevConE-Learning DevCon is arguably the best Flash E-learning conference around.  This is one of those hidden gems that people talk about long after they are gone.  Some of the most respected E-learning and Interactive Instructional designers will be at this conference. Sign up quickly because it is filling up fast.

Presentation:

FLOOGLYTICS = Flash + Google Analytics

FLOOGLYTICS = Flash + Google Analytics

Flash and Google Analytics = FLOOGLYTICS
Flash has always been considered the ugly step sister in the world of SEO and Analytics. Well now Flash takes "Center Stage". Using Google Analytics data can be extracted from Flash that could never be pulled from HTML. This session will explore the ins-and-outs of how to setup Google Analytics to work most effectively with your Flash files and how to set up Flash to work most effectively with your Google Analytics account. Go beyond just seeing what users did. See what users meant to do or even wanted to do but didn't. The most important part of the equation is how to refine this gold that Flash and Google Analytics provide. Walk away from this session armed with the tools you need to implement Flooglytics and make your site effective.

Where:
E-Learning DevCon - University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

When:
June 17th-19th 3:30 P.M.

So sign up for E-Learning DevCon and I let's make learning exciting again.

Happy Flashing,

Curtis J. Morley

Presenting at E-Learning DevCon – Cognitive Learning

Posted in Adobe, Computers, Flash, Flash 10, Flex, Speaking at 10:07 pm by Curtis J. Morley

I am excited to say that I will be speaking at the E-Learning DevConE-Learning DevCon is arguably the best Flash E-learning conference around.  This is one of those hidden gems that people talk about long after they are gone.  Some of the most respected E-learning and Interactive Instructional designers will be at this conference. Sign up quickly because it is filling up fast.

Presentation:

Cognitive Learning


Cognitive Learning Screenshot

Cognitive Learning Screenshot

This lecture will engage you and bring to life aspects of learning that are only now being tapped through technology. This style of learning walks through how technology can take learning from a passive experience to an engaged and cognitive experience. We will look at how the use of video and divergent paths can engage learners like never before. Curtis will show the product that has only been shown at one other conference - the Global Chinese Conference for Computing in Education. Come at let your brain be engaged.

Where:
E-Learning DevCon - University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

When:
June 17th-19th 3:30 P.M.

So sign up for E-Learning DevCon and I let's make learning exciting again.

Happy Flashing,

Curtis J. Morley

02.28.09

Update to AS3 Reference Error #1056

Posted in Error, Error, errors, Flash, Flash 10, Flex at 1:09 am by Curtis J. Morley

I added another description and scenario to AS3 Error 1056.  If you didn't see your solution there before you may have the answer now.

Check out ActionScript 3 Error 1056

02.19.09

WARNING: Text field variable names are not supported in ActionScript 3.0

Posted in Adobe, Error, Error, Flash 10 at 11:20 pm by Curtis J. Morley

ActionScript WARNING: Text field variable names are not supported in ActionScript 3.0. The variable 'btnName' used for an unnamed text field will not be exported.

ActionScript Warning Description:

So I was going back to restructure a project that I had done in AS2 and a previous version of Flash.  I thought I had converted all of the old AS2 code, and components, and naming conventions, etc... when this error popped up.  The error made a lot of sense until I went to fix it.  The image below is what I saw when I went to the place that I thought be the resolution to this error.

Text Field Variable Names not displaying in CS4/

Text Field Variable Names not displaying in CS4/AS3

Flex / Flash Text Field  Variable Warning Fix:
I searched around at other buttons and tried to find something else that might have been it even though I knew that this was the correct text field.  The way to solve this is to revert back to AS2 in your publish settings ( FILE >> PUBLISH SETTINGS >> SCRIPT drop down) and then go back to the text field in question and you will be able to delete the variable name. Don't forge to return to ActionScript 3.0 after you delete the variable name.

File >> Publish Settings >> Script Option

File >> Publish Settings >> Script Option

and with this option selected you can then delete the variable name as shown below.

Text Field Variable Names not displaying in AS2

Text Field Variable Names not displaying in AS2

This should help you resolve Flex / Flash Text Field Variable Warning

Thanks and as always Happy Flashing

Curtis J. Morley

01.03.09

AS3 Error #1126: Function does not have a body.

Posted in Adobe, Error, Error, errors, Flash, Flash 10, Flex at 8:26 am by Curtis J. Morley

ActionScript Error 1126: Function does not have a body.

ActionScript Error 1126 Description:

I got this error from one of my UVU students code.  And as promised in honor of her I am thusly naming AS3 Error 1126 the Erin Johnson Error.  This error is given, in this case, because a semicolon is used instead of a colon after the parenthesis.  A semicolon in the ActionScript language is equivalent to a period in the English Language which means that if Flash sees the semicolon it says to the compiler finish this line of code and move on. The colon on hte other hand is used to say what Type something is or in the examples below what "Type" of data will be returned when the function is called. In the example below we don't want to return a type so we use :void (notice the colon). This should help solve AS3 Error 1126.

 

Flex / Flash Error #1126 Fix:
Replace the semicolon with a colon.

Bad Code 1:

function someFunc(event:MouseEvent);void
{
doSomething();
}

Good Code 1:

function someFunc(event:MouseEvent):void
{
doSomething();
}

Related Errors:

ActionScript Error 1084: Syntax error: expecting colon before leftparen. This error is a psuedo error in this case because once AS3 Error 1126 is reslved this error will also disappear.

This should help you resolve Flex / Flash Error #1126

Thanks and as always Happy Flashing

Curtis J. Morley

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