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Old 07-08-2009, 01:37 PM   #1
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I've recently upgraded to Flash CS4. However, the project I'm currently working on was started in CS3 and I need to keep it as a CS3 as I transfer the .fla file between two computers because one only has Flash CS3.

Is there way of setting it so when I click 'Save' or Ctrl+S it saves it automatically as a CS3 fla, rather than automatically converting it from a CS3 to CS4 file?

I'm serial Ctrl+S hitter so this is getting really annoying now having to go to File>Save As everytime!
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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I have never used CS4 before, but I think I know the answer for it... I don't think you can specify the version of the file format on Save... It has not been on earlier versions, so I guess it is the same in CS4...
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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Thanks for your quick reply. I've had a look around Flash and on the Adobe website but can't find anything. Guess it's not in Adobe's interests to save down to CS3, as they want to encourage ppl to buy latest version.

I'll just have to calm down on the Ctrl+S addiction!
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:23 PM   #4
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If one was to create an app that reads older version of file, and if one has not touched any 'new' features, you ought to save it as an older version to make the app compatible with older version... But they just provide you a way to do Save As and call it backward compatible... Technically it is, but that just is not right to me... Oh, well...

I'd keep doing the Ctrl+S rampage, and when you are doing a final save before you transfer it to another computer, I'd do Save As...
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:03 PM   #5
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No there is no way to do this. I too have had issues with this, but now most of my files are in CS4 so its fine.

Anyway, the shortcut key to "save as" is Alt+F then press A. This may make things easier.

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Old 10-18-2009, 03:51 AM   #6
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I totally agree with you...what a pain! Maybe there is a way to write some flash command to automate this process? I don't know much about creating custom commands in flash, but that might be worth looking into. Damn CS4!
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:43 PM   #7
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Hopefully by now you already know this, but ctrl-shift-s is the quickest shortcut to save-as, and is only one more button than you have been pressing.

I have found that as long as you keep the Flash session open, you won't have to keep specifying the CS3 format. It will remember that choice.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:15 PM   #8
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Hopefully by now you already know this, but ctrl-shift-s is the quickest shortcut to save-as, and is only one more button than you have been pressing.
Uh, no, jerk-ass.
1. First you have to press ctrl-shift-s,
2. then you have to navigate to the appropriate folder,
3. then you have to choose Flash CS3 from the drop-down menu,
4. then you have to press ok,
5. then you get a warning message that says you are overwriting your original file, so you have to press "continue."

Only THEN do you finally save the file.

That's like a million extra buttons than I have been pressing. k? k!
(at least this is the process on a Mac, maybe it's a little easier on PC)
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:20 PM   #10
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I totally agree with you...what a pain! Maybe there is a way to write some flash command to automate this process? I don't know much about creating custom commands in flash, but that might be worth looking into. Damn CS4!
In your menu, go to EDIT > Keyboard Shortcuts

The dialogue box pops up. You can click the + next to File.

Under this you can change ctrl + s to do "save as" if you like.

You can customize and create ANY new keyboard shortcuts here. Also, you can create this under a new "Set" of commands so you can save your default to revert back to later if you like

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