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Flash Extensions & Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Flash is an awesome program but, like most programs, it has its quirks. Sometimes things just don’t work the way you need them to or want them to. Luckily, we have the ability to append and modify Flash’s functionality through the magic of extensions. The file extension for an extension (whoa) is .mxp. Most of you are probably familiar with extensions in Flash and other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite, but if not, here’s a brief overview.

 To install extensions in Flash, follow these steps:

• Launch the Adobe Extension Manager or, from Flash, go Help -> Manage Extensions

• Select Flash and Click “Install”

• Select your desired .mxp file

• Relaunch Flash

The method to access the newly installed extension will vary depending on what the extension is. Common Extensions can be found in the Commands menu, as customizable tools or as new panels through Window -> Extensions.

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts 

For extensions that add commands to Flash, it is often helpful to create a custom Keyboard Shortcut to access them.

• To create a new Keyboard Shortcut go to Flash -> Keyboard Shortcuts…

• You will need to create a new shortcut set to add new ones. Click the “Duplicate Set” button to copy the currently selected set to a customizable one.

• Navigate the list and select the desired action.

• Click the “+” and type the desired key command.

• If you are not duplicating an existing command, you are good to go.

There are tons of extensions out there, some free, some not. Some useful and some not. Being aware of what is available out there can come in handy in a pinch and save you some time. You can even make your own extensions using JSFL if you want.

The extensions that inspired this post can be found here: http://www.toonmonkey.com/extensions.html