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How do I convert a CS4 FLA file to CS6?

Posted on 2014-02-14
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We edited the FLA file using the Adobe tools.  But ... when trying to publish it, we get errors about requiring ActionScript 2.0.

In every other language/platform I've tried, there's a way to upgrade an older file to the new format. (OK, almost every one.  Don't get me started on Visual C++ .Net!)

Is there a way to upgrade or "save as" this older file to the newest version?
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Are you sure that you're using Flash CS6? I think you might be using Flash CC.

Flash CC (Creative Cloud) is the current version of Flash, and one of the significant changes is that they removed the ability to compile Actionscript 2 in Flash CC.

Flash CS6 does still does handles AS2 projects, and you can both edit the code and compile it.

If you open a CS4 document in CS6 there should be no issues - it should just work - which is what makes me think your using Flash CC. I'm betting you're seeing the wordy message

"Actionscript 2.0 is no longer supported in this version of Flash. The document will now be set to publish as Actionscript 3.0. Also, any Actionscript code attached to symbol or component instances have been removed.

Please be sure to convert all Actionscript 2.0 content (e.g. code, components) to Actionscript 3.0 before publishing. Otherwise, the content will not compile. "

- that's what I get when I open an AS2 project in Flash CC.

And if you do try to compile (publish) this fla without converting the code, you'll likely get a ton of errors in the 'Compiler errors' panel.

If you're not sure about which version of Flash you're using, watch the 'splash' screen when the app first launches, or go to the Help menu and click 'About Flash' and the popover that appears will tell you what version you're using.

Now, if it turns out you are using CC, and you don't have CS6 installed, AND you have a current Creative Cloud Membership and account - if all that's true, then you can go to here - http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/install-cc-and-cs6-apps.html - and download and install CS6. Both version of Flash will co-exist.
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