Mobile Actionscript 3 Basics
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Justin Dike, lead developer and owner of CartoonSmart.com teaches this course in Actionscript 3 development for mobile platforms. As of Flash CS5.5, Adobe has given developers the option to quickly export their Actionscript 3 projects for iOS or Android. As most developers now know, the Flash Player platform isn't doing so well on mobile platforms, but Adobe Flash as a development tool is ironically thriving with its easy export options and hundreds of thousands of experienced Actionscript programmers. This is an exciting time to be learning Flash and AS3 for mobile development, and specifically game programming.
These tutorials were recorded using Flash CS5 but the Actionscript 3 demonstrated is the same as it was a couple versions ago.
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|Section 1: The Accelerometer|
The adventure begins here. We'll take a look at using Flash, Actionscript 3 and Device Central to test an application that uses your device's accelerometer to roll a marble around. The virtual phone in Device Central can also be used to test with (Device Central is included with Flash).
|Section 2: Touches|
This course takes a look at the various ways of adding touch input to your Flash-created App (or swf file). Touch-enabled devices that are running Flash Player 10.1 or higher can make use of this functionality, so you don't necessarily have to be exporting your Flash project to an application. This code could be used for a Flash movie played within the browser.
|Section 3: Gestures and Orientation|
This part teaches how to add Gesture recognition to your Flash project. Gestures are finger actions like pinching, swiping, panning , rotating, two finger tapping or long-pressing. Example files are created for each gesture and we'll look at some of the pro and cons to using Gestures vs Touch Input.
We'll also take a quick look at the Actionscript 3 code to detect a change in orientation on your device, then optionally change the appearance of your objects on stage (or do anything else).
|Section 4: Google Maps and Geolocation|
This tutorial goes over downloading and installing the Google Maps Component for Flash (which can be used for your mobile or non-mobile Flash projects). We'll look at plugging in a latitude and longitude and adding the zoom and map view types to your Flash Google Map.
|Section 5: Camera Roll|
In this tutorial you'll see how to save an image from your Flash movie to your device's camera roll (or media gallery). This has been successfullly iPhone and Android tested. You can save either the entire stage, portion of it, or specific movieclips. This little bit of code could be the foundation of MANY kid's apps.
|Section 6: Exporting to iPhone or Android with Flash CS5.5, CS6, CC|
Exporting an Android App. The next two video courses go over testing your AIR to Android app on either a device (in my case the Samsung Galaxy Tab) or using the emulator from the free Android SDK.
Exporting for Android using the Emulator
Exporting to iPhone. This lesson will teach you how to export your Flash-created iPhone or iPad and install it on your device. You will need to sign up for Apple Developer program to fully test your app (and eventually to submit it to the Store)
Previously Written Actionscript 3 (Usually Runs Fine!)
Justin Dike is the founder of CartoonSmart one of the internet's first video training websites. He is a long-time illustrator and animator, focusing mostly on Adobe Flash, and experienced programmer with Swift, Sprite Kit, Actionscript 3, Objective C and Cocos2d. For CartoonSmart he has recorded hundreds of hours of video tutorials and recently published his first full length book titled iOS Programming with Xcode and Cocos2d available in the iBookstore. Justin has also developed many iOS games, including a side scrolling game engine.