After clicking OK again, Animate then shows me a black screen. The File, Edit, View, and everything else is still there. I tried finding how to fix this issue for the past hour but I eventually gave up.
make sure you have the latest version of animate. if you do, your fla is corrupt.
you can look for a recovery file* and you can try repairing by renaming the fla to a rar, using winrar to repair, renaming the repaired rar to a fla and trying to open the fla in animate.
win: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\<animate version>\en_US\Configuration
mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/<animate/flash version>/en_US/Configuration/
When I tried that all it did was delete all my symbols and scenes and just left me with images and sound files
I tried this method but it doesn't work in my case unfortunately. This means no hopes to recover my .fla anymore, right?
correct. that method usually fails, but it's the only (afaik) "repair" method.
however, repair is not the only way to get a working fla. you may have a working backup (either generated by animate automatically or by you manually) and
1. with as3 projects, you may have a working swf which can often be decompiled to a working fla.
2. with html5/canvas, you can manually edit (in any plain text editor) the js and/or html file. they'll not be corrupted (though they're not easy to work with even with js,html expertise).
i found the fix although it might be a compromise: i hope it works for you guys as well
so there was comment somewhere on the internet that said that if you have Auto-self recovery turned on your file is never lost. anyways long story short.
i right clicked on the file that was corrupt and went into properties.
all i did was going into the previous version tab and restoring it.
now this will bring a prev version of file. its not a perfect solution but it's better than nothing also i would recommend finding the auto recovery file path if it's missing from the original folder which is usually situated in the *win: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\<animate version>\en_US\Configuration
keep in mind that sometimes it has slightly different path.
Users/<username>/Application Support/Adobe/<animate/flash version>/en_US/Configuration/
contains a text file (AutoRecoverFilenames.txt) that contains the path/name to the recovery file, if auto-recovery was enabled when the fla was open and corrupted. (ie, open the text file to find the recovery file path)
I have auto recovery enabled, but the AutoRecoverFilenames.txt file was empty.
then you have to start over. (and start appending increasing version numbers to your animate projects so you don't have this problem in the future.)
oh, alright. thanks for the info. I'll make sure to do that next time.
you're welcome. (and some lessons are learned the hard way.)
after i had a loss of hours of work i learned my lesson.