In the next few
In the next few days, I'll be posting up a new flash animation-helper tool I invented, called "Symbol-Surfer". ..
(I imagine I'm only speaking to flash animation nerds at this point..) -The program is for pc only, as it's been created with AutoHotkey..
After doing a bunch of symbol-based animation in Flash, -there are certain things that get a bit .. repetative. I was working away, and I thought to myself..
Wouldn't it be neat, if I just selected a symbol (that contained other images inside it. -In this case, mouth shapes) -and then rolled my mouse wheel to scroll through all the different shapes?
It'd again reduce my having to click the symbol, -find the little properties input box, and enter the frame number I wanted to display, -then hitting the return key. Very tedious.
AutoHotkey to the rescue again! I asked, poked around a bit, and someone there helped me come up with a solution. Amazing! (-Thanks autohotkey forum guys..)
My beta hotkey program: the "Symbol-Surfer". -This script detects when flash is running, and then turns itself on. The mousewheel then becomes an easy way to enter numeric values for lip-synch, and symbol selection within multi-framed symbols, providing you set things up that way to begin with.
Also, the program only works if you're working in 1024x768 resolution at the moment, with the property tab open at the bottom of the screen, all the time.
I could make versions for higher / lower resolutions if there turns out to be enough interest..
Stay tuned.. I'll be posting the beta version, along with some tutorial videos in the next few days.