How to install Flash components

During my days of customer support I’ve come across clients who asked for directions on installing the Flash components made by JumpeyeComponents. There are people who are just starting to work with Flash and are having trouble understanding key concepts or simply don’t know how some operations are made. This is why I thought it would be good to have detailed instructions on how to install .mxp files (Flash components setup files).

For starters, you need to have the installation file of the component, which comes in the form of a .mxp file. If you purchase a package of some sort, first you need to open that archive and retrieve the .mxp file(s). All Flash components are installed by a separate application called the Extension Manager. Usually, this application is installed together with other Adobe products (like Adobe Flash) but that is not necessary. So if you do not have the Extension Manager, you can download it from Adobe’s site: http://www.adobe.com/exchange/em_download/. If you are still using Macromedia Flash 8, you can use Macromedia Extension Manager 1.7 and you can download it from the same location. Please note that if you want to install Flash CS3 and ActionScript 3.0 components, you can only use Adobe Extension Manager 1.8 and Adobe Flash CS3. The previous version of Extension Manager will not be able to install components for Flash CS3.

Adobe Extension Manager

Before installing a component, it is recommended to close Flash CS3. Once you make sure that you have all the necessary applications installed and you have the component’s setup (.mxp) file, you can open that file simply by double clicking on it.

mxp file

Once the Extension Manager opens it will ask you if you really want to install the component. The window will display the manufacturer’s disclaimer or license agreement. If you agree to it, the installation process will go on, but if you decline the agreement, the component will not get installed.

Disclaimer and license agreement

Once the component is fully installed, a message will let you know about it.

Installation complete

Just press Ok and the newly installed component will appear in the components list.

Installed component

Now, you can open Flash CS3 and select Create new Flash File (ActionScript 3.0) from the welcome screen or selec File -> New from the menu (Ctrl+N on Windows or Command+N on Mac OS) and select Flash File (ActionScript 3.0) from the New Document window. You need to create a new ActionScript 3.0 file because FlashEff is a ActionScript 3.0 component and will not work in a ActionScript 2.0 project. Finally, if you open the Components panel (Ctrl+F7 on Windows and Command+F7 on Mac) you will see that the FlashEff component was installed, together with the patterns it has.

Flash CS3 Components panel

Also, in the case of the FlashEff component, there was a new Flash panel installed: the FlashEff panel. You can access it from the Window menu -> Other panels -> FlashEff Panel.

14 thoughts on “How to install Flash components

  1. First, sorry for my bad english.
    Well, I have a problem, I have a mac, and when I install Flasheff, it don´t appear in the window components, What happens?What can I do? I have restarted the computer but still didn´t appear.
    Thanks

  2. @Ana

    If you are using a different language version of Adobe Flash CS3 than English, then it is possible that the components are installed correctly, but they do not show up in the Components panel. This is a bug in the Adobe Extension Manager.

    For example, if you have a French version of Flash CS3, the Extension Manager would not detect it correctly and it would install the components in the English configuration folder (User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Flash CS3/en/Configuration – for Mac OS and C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Flash CS3\en\Configuration\ – for Windows). In this case, all you have to do is copy the components to the French folder (User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Flash CS3/fr/Configuration – for Mac OS and C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Flash CS3\fr\Configuration\ – for Windows) – or whatever language your Flash CS3 copy has.

  3. hey again:D
    i cant find the FlashEff Panel from ( Window menu -> Other panels -> FlashEff Panel)
    i use a french version of Flash Cs3 on Mac OsX.

    Thanks you in advance

  4. i found it:D
    i had to chage the location of “FlashEff Panel.swf” from (En/confugation/windowSWF) to (fr/confugation/windowSWF)

    Thanks!!

  5. @touf

    Hey, I’m happy you managed to solve the problem. Actually that is the way to solve it. On JumpeyeComponents.com knowledge base we have an article that explains the issue and how to solve it – copy the files from the English config folder to the French one: http://www.jumpeyecomponents.com/knowledgebase/%2A-Flash-%7E-general-use-problems/After-installation-components-do-not-show-up-in-Components-panel~1051/.

    Another solution would be to start the Extension Manager directly from Flash (Help > Manage extensions) and install the components like that. One of our clients suggested that but at work all our software is in English so we couldn’t really test it. But it could still work.

  6. @kuwan

    What about vista ? If you refer to installing Flash components, it works exactly the same way: use Adobe Extension Manager.

    If you are talking about the FlashEff installation problem, it should be solved the same way as on Windows XP but using the Vista specific paths (I’m on a Mac so right now I don’t know the installation paths for Vista).

  7. when i install the flasheff2 free version .. it says that it requires “flash 9 or greater” but i already installed FLASH 10.1 several times already.. i already have adobe extension manager and installed properly.. when i follow ur steps the agreement will not pop up.. instead a dialog box saying it requires flash 9 or greater..

  8. @redd

    Usually this problem shows up when you are trying to install the component with an older version of the extension manager. At this point, it doesn’t matter which Flash Player version do you have installed but it matters which Extension Manager version you have (and Flash Professional of course).

    To install FlashEff 2 you need to have at least Adobe Flash Professional CS3 installed with Extension Manager 1.8. Please note that some FlashEff2 templates work only on Flash Player 10 so for them you’ll need at least Adobe Flash CS4 and Extension Manager 2.

    If you still have this problem, try to open a ticket and my colleagues will certainly help you out.

  9. Hi..I’ve spent 3 days now trying to install FlashEff. I downloaded the latest version of Flash(11) and the extension manager is version 5.5. I’m getting the dialog box saying I need “flash version 9 or greater” every time. I can’t remember the last time I paid $99 to get this frustrated. Any suggestions???

  10. @lostinflash Sorry for getting back so late. Normally FlashEff should install without any problems when installing from Adobe Extension Manager CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS5.5. Or you could try to install the component directly from Adobe Flash Professional. Just open Flash and from the Help -> Manage Extensions. This would open Extension Manager directly from Flash so you can install it from there.

    If you still don’t manage to install it you should try writing to the support team and try sending some screen shots too. They’ll surely help you out.
    Good luck.

  11. Hi, was having trouble installing a component;
    I had the language problem, but backwards (English version of Flash and French component… ^^) but now it’s solved thanks to you :)
    Many thanks !

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