New templates in Flash CS5

Flash CS5 ships with a bunch of templates that haven’t been seen in Flash before. The “Advertising” templates are still in there as with previous versions, but you’ll also see new categories for Animation, Banners, Media Playback, Presentations, and Sample Files. These FLAs all contain content within them to help you either start out with a document, or learn how certain functionality works in Flash. Most of them also contain instructions to help you set the file up for use. Just swap out the graphics and/or add a bit of content and you’re ready to go.

To access templates, choose File > New and choose the Templates tab, or choose a category from the “Create from Template” category on the Start page.

The Animation category includes:

  • Movie Clip buttons (Animated Button Highlight / Text Glow)
  • Animated masks (motion and shape tweens)
  • Easing between keyframes (several techniques for new motion)
  • Random animation, such ase random ease and brownian/organic movement
  • Semi-scripted animation for rain and snow that use tween instance

The Banners category includes:

  • Banner with a custom cursor
  • Invisible buttons (simple) for banners in AS2 and AS3
  • Banner that loads video
  • Banner with an animated button (like those “punch the monkey” ads)

The Media Playback category includes:

  • Photo albums (advanced and simple)
  • Templates for title safe areas (HD, NTSC, PAL in standard and widescreen)


The Presentations category includes:

  • Advanced and simple presentations – just like slideshows, similar to the functionality of Screens in earlier versions of Flash.

Sample Files include:

  • AIR window
  • Alpha mask (mask transparency, or “soft edge” masks)
  • Custom mouse cursor
  • Date countdown
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Handwriting (look in the library for all letters, A-Z, written out)
  • IK stick man animation
  • Lip Sync (includes guide for all common mouth shapes, and a sample lip sync animation)
  • Menu sample (in AS3, includes 3 drop-down menus animated using tween instances)
  • Panning (simple animation that pans across the stage)
  • Perspective zoom (3d animation that zooms in towards the “camera”)
  • Preloader that loads an external file, has loading bar
  • Preloader that loads the current SWF, has an animation that loops
  • Toggle button – toggles between play/pause of a sound.

Please let us know any feedback, and please let us know of templates you’d like to see in future versions of Flash!

Author Jen deHaan

Jen deHaan is a freelance graphic and web designer, fascinated with great layout and usability. She has been working in the software industry since 2001, and has held positions with Macromedia, Adobe, and Motorola in the Silicon Valley area near San Francisco. Jen has written and contributed to over 20 print publications on web design that have been published by Peachpit, Adobe Press, and Wiley. She now lives on a farm with her family and dogs in central Vancouver Island, Canada.

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  • NoeWhan says:

    Flash CS5 & AS3 has failed the community. It’s become a mess of code.
    It’s like they have gone backwards in development. It used to be easy, but no.
    Nothing works, errors galore. Waste of time. Hunk of shit.

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