Um, where is Linkage in Flash CS4?

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.
Where is Linkage Flash CS4

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21 thoughts on “Um, where is Linkage in Flash CS4?

  1. That kind of stuff really mucks with work flow!

    Like you I’m sure, I don’t think, I just do. When stuff gets rearranged and it’s not where you expect it to be, you hear the “sCrAtcH” of a record as you stumble through it.

    That reason right there is why I fear upgrades.

  2. I think it’s their way if prepping our minds for it’s ultimate demise. The proper OOP way is to give it a class name (example MyCar) then use AS3 to bring it into the Movie with

    var theCar:MyCar = new MyCar();
    addChild(theCar);

    It’s definitely a game changer.

  3. Right, right. But for example in the lines above, MyCar still has to be the linkage name in the Library. What’s the advantage to not giving us a shortcut to get there?

  4. Cin says:

    I’m right there with you….Adobe Flash Cs4 drives me crazy with all these disappearing functions. It already takes a long time to do one project and it takes more time finding tabs, etc…. Thanks for help!

  5. Guy says:

    ohhhhhh now I find it! I’ve also gone crazy looking for it, finally I googled it and got to this page!
    here is a time line:
    1: Programs didn’t have right click menus so all the stuff was hidden inside different windows and menus.
    2: Then right click apeared and they put all the importent for accessability stuff inside them. ALL GOOD
    3: hmmmm what should we do next??? lets rearrange all the stuff to windows again so it would make more sense!

    Thanks for your help!

  6. ade says:

    How stupid is this? One of the oldest and simplest bit of functionality in Flash hidden in a sub panel for no reason at all

  7. Ella says:

    Thanks alot!!! I read some tutorials saying to linkage. They said “right click and choose linkage” and I couldn’t find it – so irritating!
    So thanks~!

  8. Debbie says:

    You are a rock star! I was banging my head searching for this key function. Thank you for taking the time to post this information. Adobe needs to hire you!

  9. Cary M says:

    Hi Mike

    right click on item in library
    go to Properties
    look at the middle of the panel that opens up
    look to the far left and you will see the word “Linkage”
    select “Export for Action Script”

    : )

  10. banmiopla says:

    hey Cary M,I saw linkage,in library->rght click->properties->advanced->stick linkage
    thank so much !! 🙂

  11. Cary M says:

    Yeah … it is crazy! I don’t know if this has been changed in CS5 – by the time we all get it figured out … maybe Adobe will change it again!
    cheers, : 0

    Cary M

  12. awesome!!!! i feel lazy for not searching it more thoroughly but am very grateful for not having waisted an hour looking for it or even worse loosing my momentum stuff like that can ruin your day lol

    God Bless

  13. Confused Person says:

    You have no idea how frustrated I was getting, where the fuck did my old pal Linkage go?
    Oh Adobe, you like making things more complicated for regular users so it is slightly more newb friendly >.>

    Thank GOD I had internet access, bless you for posting this 🙂

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