Updating Flash Professional CS6 to support 11.4

One of the improvements to Flash Professional CS6 is the ability to manage AIR SDKs. But unfortunately you still have to manually add support for the latest version of Flash Player. Since a public beta of Flash Player 11.4 was just release, this short article might be useful.

Download Flash Player for Desktops

You can get the Flash Player 11.4 Beta from http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer11-4.html. Download the version for your operating system and install the plug in. Although you will be able to target the new player, you will not be able to test your movie by using the Run Movie command.

Download PlayerGlobal.swc

This is file can also be found on http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer11-4.html. Once this file has downloaded, rename the file to simply playerglobal.swc. Navigate to “/Applications/Adobe Flash CS5.5/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/” and create a new folder named “FP11.4”. Place the playerglobal.swc in this folder.

Player Folder (before)

Updating Player Profiles

Player profiles are xml files that define the attributes of each Flash Player’s capabilities. They are located in “/Applications/Adobe Flash CS5.5/Common/Configuration/Players/”.

Players xml files (before)

Duplicate the last FlashPlayer11_X.xml file you have, and rename it to FlashPlayer11_4.xml. Open this file in you favorite text editor and make the following three changes:

<player id=”FlashPlayer11.3″ version=”16″ asversion=”3″>
becomes
<player id=”FlashPlayer11.4” version=”17” asversion=”3″>

<name>Flash Player 11.3</name>
becomes
<name>Flash Player 11.4</name>

<playerDefinitionPath as2=”$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP10;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP9;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP8;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP7″ as3=”$(AppConfig)/ActionScript 3.0/FP11.3/playerglobal.swc” />
becomes
<playerDefinitionPath as2=”$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP10;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP9;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP8;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP7″ as3=”$(AppConfig)/ActionScript 3.0/FP11.4/playerglobal.swc” />

Save this file, and launch Flash Professional. You should see FlashPlayer 11.4 as an option in the Publish Setting dialog.

Publish Setting Dialog

Now go build some awesome content with the new features in FlashPlayer 11.4

Note: You test your project in Flash use command + F12 in order to publish to browser (Where you should have the Flash Player 11.4 Beta plugin installed by now).

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8 comments

  1. Interesting and helpful post. I’m able to publish now to 11.5. However if I’d like to make use of the new features, but if I publish as an .exe or .app it still embeds the player included with the Flash version (CS5.5 and CS6). So I cannot target higher than 11.2 (and of course I need 11.3 features).

    Any idea’s on that or do I just have to wait on CS6.5 or 7?

    1. When I create an standalone MAC projector, and call Capabilities.version, I get MAC 11,5,502,110 as a result. I rarely build stand-alones, so I need to ask a contact about this issue.

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