What's New in Flash MX 2004 7.2

By: Paul Newman

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Today, Macromedia released a new version of Flash: Flash MX 2004 7.2. This updater includes over 120 fixes and changes. More important, the new version of Flash is much stabler than its predecessor. The Flash team has been working hard on this new release, code-named Ellipsis, for the past several months. Fortunately, it was worth the wait: Flash MX 2004 7.2 is now a solid, dependable product. (This is not hype: I've been running it into the ground for weeks now without a single crash.) What you can expect:

  • Your movies will compile faster, especially if you use Screens or movies that contain a lot of ActionScript
  • Flash no longer crashes or unexpectedly closes
  • You can now run Flash and other Studio MX applications at the same time

In addition, the Flash team has added over 400 new code examples to the documentation, increasing the percentage of entries with examples from 43% to 98%. Read on to learn more about what's new in Flash MX 2004 7.2, and how to obtain and install the updater.

Installing the Flash MX 2004 7.2 Updater

Complete the following steps to install the Flash MX 2004 7.2 Updater:

  1. Download the 7.2 updater for Flash MX 2004 from Macromedia's web site.
  2. Prior to running the updater, disable your Flash extensions using Macromedia Extension Manager.

TIP: If you've installed the new Flash Remoting components, you may want to uninstall them prior to running the updater. You should also back up any critical files you've added to the Flash install path, such as ActionScript classes and common libraries. The updater is not supposed to alter or remove these files, but better safe than sorry (see TechNote).

  1. Double-click update_fmx2004_7.2.exe to run the updater and follow the prompts.
  2. Restart your computer (optional).

If you run into any problems, consult the "Known Issues" section of the Flash 7.2 Release Notes.

What's New in Flash MX 2004 7.2

The following is a list of new and exposed features of Flash MX 2004 7.2:

  • Scrollbar component — Back by popular demand, the UIScrollBar component works just as it did in Flash MX. Simply drop it onto a text field on the Stage and it snaps into place. It even creates an instance name for the text field (if it doesn't exist) and auto-fills the _targetInstanceName parameter in the Properties panel.
  • JSFL File API — Flash MX 2004 7.2 adds new file I/O capabilities to the JavaScript API (JSAPI). The new FLfile object enables developers to write Flash extensions that can access, modify, and remove local files and folders. For more information, see "Introducing the JSFL File API."
  • New sample applications — You can find these applications, "Using advanced video features" (AdvancedVideo folder) and "Building a population viewer" (PopulationViewer folder), in the <flash_install_path>/Samples folder, along with many other samples and the new HelpExamples folder.
  • Delegate class — The Delegate class lets you run a function in a specific scope. This class is provided so that you can dispatch the same event to two different functions, and so that you can call functions within the scope of the containing class. You can import the Delegate class into your scripts and classes using the following syntax: import mx.utils.Delegate;.
  • ASO Cache Commands — You can download these cache-clearing commands from the Macromedia Exchange.

For more on the new Delegate class, read the Macromedia Developer Center article, Proxying Events with the mx.utils.Delegate Class.

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