Flash Mobile Application Development For Dummies
Adobe Flash Professional and Adobe Flash Builder enable you to create mobile applications that can run on Android and iOS devices. By creating your application as a Flash application, you can use rich design tools and powerful development environments to build your application once and then deploy it to the Android Market and Apple App Store. This Cheat Sheet helps you work with the Adobe tools faster and build your applications in a way that assures success.
Flash Professional Keyboard Shortcuts
Although you can accomplish every task in Flash Professional by using the mouse and the application bar menu, using keyboard shortcuts can help you work faster. Here are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts in Flash Professional:
|Open a saved file||Ctrl+O||Command+O|
|Close current document||Ctrl+W||Command+W|
|Save current document||Ctrl+S||Command+S|
|Import: Import to Stage||Ctrl+R||Command+R|
|Magnification: Show All||Ctrl+3||Command+3|
|Create New Symbol||Ctrl+F8||Command+F8|
|Convert to Symbol||F8||F8|
|Test Movie: In Flash Professional||Ctrl+Enter||Command+Return|
|Show Tools panel||Ctrl+F2||Command+F2|
|Show Properties panel||Ctrl+F3||Command+F3|
|Show Library panel||Ctrl+L||Command+L|
|Show Actions panel||F9||Option+F9|
|Show Align panel||Ctrl+K||Command+K|
|Show Color panel||Shift+F9||Shift+F9|
|Show Swatches panel||Ctrl+F9||Command+F9|
|Show Transform panel||Ctrl+T||Command+T|
|Code completion (In Actions panel)||Ctrl+Space||Command+Space|
Mac Users: By default, Mac OS hogs the function keys, preventing Adobe applications from using them. To use the keyboard shortcuts that make use of the function keys on your Mac, you need to go to System Preferences→Keyboard. Then, directly below the two sliders, select the Use All F1, F2 etc. Keys as Standard Function Keys check box. You’ll still be able to access the features on your Mac that those keys usually offer by holding down the Fn key while pressing the function key.
Flash Builder Keyboard Shortcuts
As you develop mobile apps for Flash, you'll find that Flash Builder is much easier to work with when you use the little-known shortcuts hidden inside this powerful development tool. Here are the most useful keyboard shortcuts in Flash Builder:
|Compile and run||Ctrl+Shift+F11||Command+Shift+F11|
|Compile and debug||F11||F11|
|Step into breakpoint code||F5||F5|
|Step over breakpoint code||F6||F6|
|Step return - exit current function||F7||F7|
|Terminate debugging session||Ctrl+F2||Option+F2|
|Go to line number||Ctrl+L||Command+L|
|Search current document for text||Ctrl+F||Command+F|
|Search all files for text||Ctrl+Shift+F||Command+Shift+F|
|Find declarations of selected function name in project||Ctrl+G||Command+G|
|Open file by name search||Ctrl+Shift+R||Command+Shift+R|
|Open file class type||Ctrl+Shift+T||Command+Shift+T|
|Cycle through open files||Ctrl+tab||Command+tab|
|Invoke Content Assist||Ctrl+Space||Command+Space|
|Go to definition of variable||F3||F3|
|Comment out selected text||Ctrl+/||Command+/|
|Show Key Assist||Ctrl+Shift+L||Command+Shift+L|
App Store Submission Checklist
Forgetting items from the submission you make to the Android Market or Apple App Store will lead to rejection. Prepare your app-store submission by ensuring that you have included each of the items on these two checklists.
Before submitting your application to the Apple App Store, check that you have:
Your application name chosen.
An application description written. Check that the word "beta" doesn't appear in text within your app and in your descriptive text. Apple dislikes having this word used in finished products.
Primary and secondary categories chosen.
The copyright attribution decided.
An app rating chosen.
The SKU number created.
An application website URL working.
The support website URL working. Your support website should resolve at the URL you supply. If it isn't available, your app is likely to be rejected.
A support Email Address configured.
The End User License Agreement written, if required.
The available date chosen.
Distribution territories selected.
Large App Icon 512px x 512px created. Ensure that the 512px x 512px image you're preparing to submit with your IPA file matches the icon images compiled into your application.
Your application compiled with an Apple Distribution Certificate and a Distribution - App Store Provisioning profile.
Your application IPA file correctly compiled and bug free. Test on your iOS device.
Before submitting your application to the Android Market, check that you have:
Your application title chosen.
An application description written.
Two screenshots (maximum of 8) captured.
High resolution application icon 512px x 512px created. Ensure that the 512px x 512px image you're preparing to submit with your APK file matches the icon images compiled into your application.
Your application content rating chosen.
Distribution locations selected.
An optional promotional graphic prepared.
An optional feature graphic created.
An optional promotional video link setup.
The support website URL working.
Ensure the P12 certificate you compile your app with is valid for a minimum of 25 years from the date you submit the app.
Ensure your application APK file is correctly compiled for device release and is bug free. Test on your Android device.