Problem: Adobe Flash has gone through several identity crises in its long history, and what started out as an interface creation tool has mostly turned into a hybrid animation system and development environment. But, its user interface contains a lot of unnecessary hurdles for animators because it wasn't designed with them in mind.
Solution: AniCommand toolbox, a collection of tools to deal with some of these hurdles individually.
- Timeline navigation: skip to next and previous frames (integrated functionality originally provided by Todd Slaughter).
- One-click creation, naming, and centering of Graphic and Movie clip symbols from other library items.
- One-click insertion of library items into the timeline, on their own, properly-named layers, and at the current frames
- Trimming of blank frames at the end of layers - speeding up UI interaction (come on Adobe)
- Project-wide replacement of CJK characters with ASCII characters. Useful if you work with Asian languages, since exporting to HTML with stray CJK characters can cause errors in your code and can be very hard to spot. For instance, the difference between abc and ａｂｃ.
- Prefixing and search-and-replace on library item names.
- Quickly re-align objects with the pixel grid, to prevent them from going blurry.
- Swapping one library item for another (as in After Effects) without destroying animation data.
Download, install, or view code: The download and documentation are available here.