On the heels of my last article, Adobe has just released the Flex Component Kit for Flash CS3 on Adobe Labs. This ultra-cool kit lets you use Flash MovieClip symbols seamlessly in Flex.
This is really an impressive piece of work. All of the effort by the Flash and Flex teams comes together here. You’ll see why changing to ActionScript 3 was so important and how fluid the workflow has become. If you’ve been waiting to use Flex 2 or can’t decide if Flash CS3 is right for you, now’s the time! If you have any Flash content in Flex, or if you’ve been considering adding Flash content to your Flex applications, this is what you have been waiting for!
For example, once you export your Flash CS3 MovieClip as a SWC, you use it just like a custom component in Flex (there’s no SWFLoader necessary). This means you have access to its public methods and symbols as with any Flex component. You can also handle events dispatched by the Flash CS3 MovieClip.
How do you do all of this? Rush right over to the Flex Component Kit for Flash CS3 page and read the instructions. You will need to be using Flex 2.0.1 and update that with the Flex 2.0.1 patch for CS3 Compatability (also linked from the Labs’ page).
Have fun. Be creative. Show the world what only Flash technology and your imagination can do.
(did I mention that I think is a really great idea?)