Flash CS5 instance name problems

New Here ,
May 24, 2010

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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

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Engaged ,
May 27, 2010

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Hi,

Are you having this issue with all FLA files or just specific ones? If you create a new FLA file and add a symbol to the stage, can you give it an instance name?

Thanks,

Nivesh

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Oct 14, 2010

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I am seeing this too. Happens for a FLA opened in CS5 with publish settings for AS 2.0 - changing the target Flash Player version didn't have an effect. Had to revert back to Flash CS4 and back-save all my FLAs in order to change the instance name!

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Nov 19, 2010

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bizarre, am seeing it too. Instance name is greyed out and non-editable.

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New Here ,
Nov 20, 2010

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same problem. looks like a bug…

Will you fix it? Cause we actually can't work with this product

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Nov 29, 2010

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I am having the exact same problem.  Very frustrating

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Nov 29, 2010

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for anyone encountering this problem, my 'hack' solution was to save it as CS4, go into CS4, change it, save it, then go back to CS5, reopen it, and finally i could change the instance names...

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I can confirm this is still an issue - and a huge one at that.  I have literally hundreds of CS5 files that I can now no longer work on unless i save them as CS4 files and work on them in CS4.  No matter if I reset or restart CS5 - now NO cs5 as2 file will allow me to rename the instance.   What an utterly disgusting bug - i'm now looking at dozens of hours to simple resave files so i can modify instance names - what a joke.  Adobe - any help?

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Jan 19, 2011

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I too am encountering the same bug. Hey Adobe, are you listening? Need this fixed pronto. While I would love to author in AS3, most web pubs require AS2 for some reason.

-Kirk

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Just realized that we jumped from CS3 to CS5. So I have no means to save backwards.

Adobe? Any kind of work around would really be helpful. My next step will be to reprogram in AS3, but my flash is VERY complicated and I have just a simple change. Really need to be able to edit the instance name.

-Kirk

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Feb 02, 2011

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Try saving the file as .xfl (uncompressed flash file), re-opening the .xfl and saving it again as CS5 .fla. This worked for my files.

K.

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Feb 06, 2011

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I was having this same problem and found this thread. I actually tried quitting Flash and restarting and on the restart I was able to change the instance names again. Maybe an easier work around than the CS4 route.

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