I can't give instance names in my AS2 project. When I click on the Instance Name box it is locked. I can only give instance names to the text objects. Movie clips and buttons are locekd. Please Help
I am having this problem with AS3 and AIR files in CS5. Trying everything I can think of, to no avail.
I too have been plagued with this issue of the INSTNACE NAME WINDOW in the properties panel of a movieclip being non editable.
You can simply upgrade to CS5.5. That'll do the trick. Although for those of you not incontrol of your company's software purchases, try this:
Simply click in the movieclip's WIDTH box and hit TAB key. You will be taken into the INSTANCE name text box and will be able to modify...although the box will still be invisble to the mouse cursor. BAM!!!!
Simple ass but still annoying work around!
I think it's a memory problem. It happened to me as I was working on a file. I realized that I had Illustrator and Photoshop runnning at the same time. After closing all of them and reopening just Flash, the problem went away.
Overall I've found Flash 5.5/Mac to be kind of a pig about RAM. In particular, it takes a noticable amount of time (sometimes up to 10 or 15 SECONDS) to flip from one open FLA to another. Flash 4 did not have that problem. Sounds like an internal memory management problem/memory leak thing to me.
I came across the same problem twice till now!!
It happened on files which where perfectly working just the day before, so that makes me realise that it probably has to do with Flash IDE and not the file(s)
I solved it by doing the following:
1. Opened a new empty file
2. Created a new symbol and gave it a name
3. Then checked the properties panel and I was able to type/rename the instance name!
After that I opened my other files and I was able to work as normal!
I hope that will work for all of you, but still Adobe should fix it!!
As mentioned above, I'm also on a Mac, Lion OS X, Flash Pro CS5.5
Same issue as well, i'm targeting AS3. Also on Lion OSX, Mac, Flash Pro CS5. Close and re-opening works sometimes, not always looks like it depends on how many documents I have open when it comes back up? I'll have to try @captdigital's and @initcode's next time.
Hitting the TAB button as ski25 said, worked for me fine. It's not an elegant solution, but it works.
What up dudes.
This is pretty messed up, but I managed to fix it for me by following initcode's instructions above.
(I'm on OS X Snow Leopard, Flash CS5.5)
For anyone who's following this conversation, I just ran into this same bug in CS6. Instance name is dimmed and can't be changed. The Tab key workaround still works, but the workaround is even more annoying since there are now more options in the property inspector. Now the shortest route is to click in the X-position box and then hit shift-tab three times to get to the instance name.
Figure it out Adobe -- this bug is absurd!
Had the same problem today CS6 - Cloud based, instance name not available, no other apps open, no memory problem 8GB ram available - closed and reopened app many times, created new AS3 files to no avail. Eventually created an AS2 file and the problem resolved at least for this session so far. Poor design to have this ongoing for so long for such expensive software used by so many making Adobe's pockets so deep.