ActionScript 3 Getting started with ActionScript 3 Flash Develop Installation


FlashDevelop is a multi-platform open source IDE created in 2005 for Flash developers. With no cost, it's a very popular way to get started developing with AS3.

To Install FlashDevelop:

  1. Download The Installation File and run the installer
  2. Once installation is complete, run FlashDevelop. On the first launch, the App Man window should appear asking you to pick what SDK's and tools to install.

enter image description here If the AppMan doesn't open automatically, or you want to add something later, open it by choosing 'Install Software' on the 'Tools' menu.

Check the AIR SDK+ ACS 2.0 item (in the 'Compiler' section) and the Flash Player (SA) item in the 'Runtimes' section (plus anything else you'd like to install). Click the install button.

  1. Once the SDK is installed, let's test is by creating a hello world project. Start by creating a new project (from the Project menu)

  2. Choose AIR AS3 Projector from the list, and give it a name/location.

  3. In the project manager panel (choose 'Project Manager' from the view menu if not already visible), expand the src folder, and open the file.

  4. In the file, you can now create a first example program like Hello World

  5. Run your project by clicking the play icon, or pressing F5, or Ctrl+Enter. The project will compile and when finished a blank window should appear (this is your application). In the FlashDevelop output window, you should see the words: Hello World.

You are now ready to start developing AS3 applications with FlashDevelop!