Setting up Eclipse + FDT for CS4 Authoring

Here are the swc paths that you’ll need to setup FDT for writing Flash 10 code.

Base Flash CS4 Class Path
$(AppConfig)/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/FP10

Class Path for ik.swc
$(AppConfig)/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/libs/ik.swc

Class Path for player.swc
$(AppConfig)/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/libs/flash.swc

Where $(AppConfig) = /Applications/Adobe CS4/Adobe Flash CS4

October 10, 2008
11:27 pm
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  • Trevor

    awesome, thanks for posting

  • Can you please be more specific about where to put these paths in FDT’s setup? Thanks!

  • soenke

    did you get the flash cs4 helpfiles running in eclipse/fdt?

  • pixel boy

    Here’s how I got Flash CS4 Help working with FDT:

    Note: I’m on Mac and haven’t tried this on PC but assume it should work.

    1. Go to Preferences > FDT > Tools > Flash Help

    2. Take note of the HelpPanel path in the Advanced Settings ‘Path to HelpPanel/Help’ field and then locate the actual ‘Help’ folder on your Mac or PC. In my case it is:
    /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Flash CS3/en/Configuration/HelpPanel/Help
    (If this directory doesn’t exist then create it).

    3. If there’s already an existing ‘Help’ folder, rename the existing ‘Help’ folder to ‘Help_old’ and create a new folder called ‘Help’.

    4. Make a copy of your CS4 ‘Flash_10.0’ Help folder (in my case it is located at: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Help/en_US/AS3LCR/Flash_10.0) and place it in the new ‘Help’ folder you just created in step 3.

    5. Change the name of the Flash_10.0 folder to Flash_10 (FDT does not like the Flash_10.0 filename). You should now have a new Flash_10 folder with a copy of all your CS4 help content in your old CS3 Help location i.e. /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Flash CS3/en/Configuration/HelpPanel/Help/Flash_10

    6. Go back into Eclipse FDT Flash Help preferences (Preferences > FDT > Tools > Flash Help) and click the ‘Update Help’ button AT THE BOTTOM near ‘Advanced Settings’. (FDT will start updating Flash Help which could take a few minutes).

    7. After FDT has finished updating the Flash Help, quit Eclipse or restart Eclipse when prompted.

    8. Now on your Mac/PC, go to Eclipse > plugins > com.powerflasher.fdt.doc.flash_3.2.0.1001>Help (or whatever location is the appropriate location for your FDT version). You’ll now see a folder inside the ‘Help’ folder called ‘Flash_10’. Change the name of the folder ‘Flash_10’ to ‘Flash_10.0’ (so the full path to this folder would be: Eclipse > plugins > com.powerflasher.fdt.doc.flash_3.2.0.1001>Help>Flash_10.0).

    9. That’s it – your CS4 help should now work in Eclipse.

    If you want you can delete the Help folder at /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Flash CS3/en/Configuration/HelpPanel/Help as FDT has already copied the files over and they’re no longer needed.

    NOTE: If you ever update Flash CS4 in the future you’ll prpobably need to repeat the above process to ensure FDT has the latest Help docs.