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Flash Extensions are free user-made plug-ins that you can use with Adobe Flash. They are available for both Macs and PC's.

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[edit] What You'll need to use extensions

The only piece of software besides Flash that you will need for extension is the Adobe or Macromedia Extension Manager. These programs are free and available for download here. You need them to install extensions, and your Extension Manager version must correspond with the version of Flash you own, otherwise the Extension Manager will not recognize your copy of Flash.

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[edit] Detailed list of free extensions

Here is a list of free extensions with included installation instructions available here for download.

[edit] Animation Pencil

  • Developer:psyark.jp
  • Use: Creates keyframes as you draw, creating an animated sequence of your drawing as it is created. Good for drawing tutorials. Drawing line is resizeable in properties window.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. Open a document or start a new document (a document must be open to continue installation.) Go to Edit > Customize Tool Panel. Under "Available Panels", the Animation Pencil will probably be towards the bottom. You cannot create a new group for it, but you can put it under an existing panel as a subset. A good place to put it under would be the pencil tool.
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] AnimSlider Limited

  • Developer: Warren Fuller
  • Use: Allows animators to view nested timelines (graphics and movie clips). Designed for lip-sync. Limited edition - full version available for $45. Limited edition only allows you to view the first 7 frames of a clip.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The toolbar will be available under Window > Other Panels
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] Autosave

  • Developer: Flash Guru
  • Use: Automatically saves flash at a set time
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The tools will be available under Window > Components
  • Download Link: Flash Guru

[edit] Create Frame Sequence

  • Developer: Flashguru Consulting
  • Use: Takes selected frames and adds them to a new layer in the order you selected them.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] iK'Motion

  • Developer: New Pixel
  • Use: Create parented IK chains, manipulate movements, and automatically generate tweens on the timeline all within the standard flash IDE (Like the skeleton feature in Flash CS4)
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-warn.png AS 2.0 documents only
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-warn.png AS 2.0 documents only
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: FlashExtensions.net

[edit] Duplicate Layer

  • Developer: Flashguru Consulting
  • Use: Duplicates a selected layer.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] FramesToSymbol

  • Developer: FlashWhip
  • Use: Converts a selection of multiple-frames, multiple layers into a symbol, and (optionally) replaces selected frames with an instance of this new symbol positioned identically to the original content.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-warn.png Classic tweens only
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: video demo | free download

[edit] SymbolToFrames

  • Developer: FlashWhip
  • Use: Extracts all of the contents (frames & layers) inside the selected symbol instance to the timeline the instance is on, replacing the instance with the frames/layers.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-warn.png Non-classic motion tweens will come out blank
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: video demo | free download

[edit] LayerColor

  • Developer: Dave Wolfe
  • Use: Changes outline colors for an entire layer. Can pick any color instead of the few defaults.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The tool will be available in the Properties toolbar
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] NewAnimClip

  • Developer: Dave Wolfe
  • Use: Creates a new empty symbol on an empty area, registered and ready for use.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] NTSC Color Safe Palette

  • Developer: Warren Fuller
  • Use: A palette will be placed in your swatches toolbar with colors safe for NTSC broadcasting standards.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Open Flash
    • Open the swatches toolbar (Image:FLCS3_swatches.png). Open its pull-down menu and select "Replace colors".
    • Select the file you will download below - NTSC.clr
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] Pixel Tools v2.0

  • Developer: 5 and 1/2
  • Use: A pixel freehand, eraser, circle and line tool. Pixel sizes can be resized the same way lines are in the properties toolbar.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-warn.png Tools work, but generate some error messages in the Output Panel.
  • How to Install:
    • NOTE: these installation instructions are the exact same for Macs.
    • Open Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. Open a document or start a new document (a document must be open to continue installation.) Go to Edit (Flash Basic/Professional on Mac OS X) > Customize Tool Panel. Under "Available Panels" your four pixel panels will be available. You cannot create a new group for them, but you can put them under an existing panel as a subset. A good place to put them under would be the pencil tool.
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] Tween2Keys

  • Developer: Dave Wolfe
  • Use: Converts fully selected tweens to keyframes on 2's instead of 1's. Works on multiple layers.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-warn.png Classic tweens only (Flash CS4 has this feature built-in for kinematic layers and motion tween layers. Right-click the tween and select "Convert to Frame-by Frame Animation".)
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] vCam

  • Developer: Sham Bhangal
  • Use: Creates a movie clip that acts as a rotatable, scalable, movable and reversable camera.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-warn.png AS 2.0 documents only
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-warn.png AS 2.0 documents only
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The command will be available under "Commands"
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] Stage Scaler

  • Developer: Phireworx
  • Use: A toolbar with a scale bar that resizes your stage from 5% to 1600%. Works with a mouse wheel.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-yes.png
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-yes.png
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe/Macromedia Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The toolbar will be avaliable under Window > Other Panels
  • Download Link: right-click and save as

[edit] Yahoo! Astra

  • Developer: Yahoo! Flash Developers
  • Use: Several tools for web-design and menu elements.
  • Compatibility:
    • Image:Version-5.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-mx.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-mx2004.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-8.png: Image:Com-no.png
    • Image:Version-cs3.png: Image:Com-warn.png AS 3.0 only
    • Image:Version-cs4.png: Image:Com-warn.png AS 3.0 only
  • How to Install:
    • Close Flash
    • Open Adobe Extension Manager
    • Click "Install New Extension" and open the MXP file. Follow installation instructions
    • Re-open Flash. The tools will be available under Window > Components
  • Download Link: Yahoo! Flash Developer Page

[edit] Troubleshooting

Some known issues and (hopeful) answers:

  • The Extension Manager says I don't have Flash installed
    • Did you install the correct version of the Extension Manager? There is a different version of the extension manager for every version of Flash. Make sure you have the right one. The downloads are available on this page.
    • Your installation of Extension Manager may be corrupt. Uninstall and reinstall Extension Manager.
  • The Extension Manager does not install properly or is corrupted.
    • Uninstall and reinstall the Extension Manager. Do NOT try to reinstall over a previously installed version. Completely remove the corrupted version first.
  • I cannot install the extension on Windows Vista
    • Adobe says [1] under System Requirements that Vista Home Basic isn't sufficient. However, some have successfully installed the Extension Manager and the Yahoo Astra extension on Vista Home Basic with Flash CS3.

If you have any more issues, please add them here or on the discussion page.

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