Okay I have to put this in the dis-improvements category for Flash CS4. I’m working on a project and I want to create a Linkage ID for a symbol I’ve already created. So as usual I go to the Library, Right-Click on the symbol, and where’d the Linkage option go?!?!…
I went to Component Definition first, nope. Then Properties, nope… oh wait, it is there. But you must have the “Advanced” option toggled on! Why am I annoyed?? Because see the dot-dot-dots in the sentence above. That indicates where I went crazy looking for it everywhere else, and even restarting the program thinking that it might magically reappear on restart. Ya’ll, I thought someone slipped me drugs for a minute there. Menu-option-blinding-drugs.
I don’t understand at all why this simple way of getting to Linkage is now gone. Does Adobe pay by the drop down option now? Is there a patent and usage fee on those now? As far back as I can remember Linkage has had a nice cozy spot by Right-Clicking on a Library item. Heck, I didn’t even know in previous versions that you could ALSO find it by going to the usually-hidden Advanced option of Properties.
This is frustrating from an instructional standpoint too because its a completely unnecessary change from all recent version of Flash to CS4 and I have tons of lessons that teach people where to easily find the Linkage properties for a symbol. Now I know that Adobe can’t always be considering past instructional material when developing new versions of a product, BUT I don’t see how deleting it served anyone for the better. Who was like, “oh this menu is getting too full, but ah, we don’t really need Linkage there”… Right click menu’s are supposed to be FULL of options, because thats a FAST way of getting things done. I can’t think of one program that could use less Right-Click options. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but in Maya, can’t you hit the spacebar and EVERY option in the main menu is accessible.
Please Flash CS5: Do no harm.