Flash CS4 10.02 – Update Now!

Posted by Mark 2000 | Announcements | Friday · 19 June · 2009 12:35 | 9,777 views

adobeupdaterLet’s face it, Flash CS4’s performance sucks whether you’re dealing with a misinterpreted CS3 file or you just have too much stuff on screen at once. I noted in my CS4 review that several seconds could be spent staring at a spinning beachball by just moving from one spot on the timeline to another. Scrubbing complex scenes could prove completely impossible even if it performed well in CS3. Well, how’d you like to know that most if not all of your CS4 performance issues completely disappear with Adobe’s 10.02 update – downloadable here. More details on this update and my impressions after the jump.

For all you get this update has been trumpeted by Adobe as loud as a feather floating in a vacuum. Not only do performance issues seem to be more than adequately fixed, but Flash’s insane amount of processor overhead seems to have been fixed as well. Flash CS4’s realtime flashplayer in the workspace could at time’s take up nearly 40% of the computer’s CPU while just sitting idle. It had a system wide slowdown effect as well as being a power sucking force on even Apple’s new eight hour batteries. Looking at my system’s activity monitor Flash is now using less resources at idle (2.4%) than Firefox 3.5 in a similarly idle state (10.5%).

So go get this update NOW. Adobe my not think much of it, but its a critical upGRADE for all Flash CS4 users. It turns Flash CS4 from a bloated sack of worms into still bloated but more in shape sack of worms. In other words, its usable. The download is only 140MB, downloads off of Adobe’s servers in about a minute, and installs in about the same amount of time. No system reboot required. So there’s no reason for you to not quit out of your project, install, and be ready to go before you’ve lost any momentum. Do it NOW.

Here’s Adobe’s official list of fixes:

  • ✦ AS2 Doc Crashes CS4 when buttons not rendered correctly
  • ✦ Auto Format beaks the code if encounters ++ or — with an array inside if statement
  • ✦ Scrubbing and pressing Enter to play timeline is not smooth, slower in AS3 documents
  • ✦ 3D tools appear incorrectly to a child movie clip when applying skew and rotation to the parent 2d movie clip.
  • ✦ Changing W/H for nested 2d>3d movie clip from PI does not work. After scrubbing the hot text, it snaps back to the original size.
  • ✦ Dragging from Library to Stage is slow in some files in CS4
  • ✦ Selecting items in the library is slow in CS4
  • ✦ Scrolling the library (vertical scroll bar) is slow compared to CS3
  • ✦ In a FLA with lots of library items, double clicking a symbol “in the edit mode” hangs Flash on Mac.
  • ✦ Library contents explode CS4 memory (CS3 sits at 75M)
  • ✦ Performance issue with Stagecore (AS 3.0 fla) – scrubbing, moving, altering objects.
  • ✦ Object visibility is compromised when created inside empty groups in AS 3.0 fla files.
  • ✦ Double clicking symbol or symbol name in library hangs Flash; library contains a lot of items
  • ✦ Text with device font disappears when it is selectable
  • ✦ Component parameters don’t work for scenes greater than scene 1
  • ✦ Selecting frames with textfields is a lot slower if the Components Inspector panel is opened
  • ✦ Empty maskee incorrectly renders mask invisible rather than visible
  • ✦ Crash when opening a fla that uses a font symbol whose name was identical to the Postscript name of the underlying font and the font is missing
  • ✦ Optimize a section within a shape leaves gaps in the shape
  • ✦ Optimize opening and closing FLA files, frame manipulation for FLAs with many frames
  • ✦ Win only: Crash on exit when the text field is in edit mode and clicking X button to quit without save
  • ✦ Compiler errors when opening “Air Settings” while adl still running.
  • ✦ (screens) timeline playhead can’t scrub and jitters when playing anything that spans frames
  • ✦ gotoAndPlay(“framelabel”) compiles differently in CS3 versus CS4
  • ✦ Scrubbing the timeline and selecting frames is much slower in CS4 than in CS3
  • ✦ Crash when creating a text object on stage when there are corrupted fonts
  • ✦ Graphic symbol looping setting changes when apply color effect to instance in PI
  • ✦ Files with lots of nested clips suffer from performance issue (file open) in Flash CS4
  • ✦ Edit in Place of 2d objects which has 3d movieclips nested inside is not functioning correctly.
  • ✦ Edit in place is slow for complex instances in FP10 documents
  • ✦ Breaking apart a nested movie clip erases instance name of child movie clip
  • ✦ Efficient calculation between keyframes so dragging is faster and generally makes people happier if spans are long and complex.
  • ✦ AS3 Components not compiling correctly when using the Component Definition dialog
  • ✦ Window Only: Flash crashes when double clicking a fla to open while a current fla is opened with text block selected
  • ✦ Can’t interact with Flash because modal dialog is up, but hidden behind the workspace when switching between applications
  • ✦ From crash reporter: crash on Mac when double click to enter symbol edit mode (when the black dotted rectangle is drawn)
  • ✦ Mac IDE flashes when right-clicking on Library after doing Test Movie
  • ✦ Performance is slow after double clicking movie clip to enter edit mode and exit
  • ✦ Setting an instance’s width and/or height to 1 makes W and H hot text unusable in the vertical PI.
  • ✦ Hot text in the Vertical PI for X, Y, W, H displays only 1 decimal point while edit field displays 2
  • ✦ Export image: Dimension values in Export dialog and Vertical PI do not match which is misleading to user.
  • ✦ Crash when selecting text field on stage with many fonts on user’s system.
  • ✦ Text PI is stuck and some controls on the PI are not drawn with certain fonts on user’s system
  • ✦ The JSAPI that allows users to publish FLA files without opening them was inadvertently removed when the Project Panel was deprecated. fl.publishDocument( flaURI [, publishProfile] ) is added.
  • ✦ “Export classes in frame” behavior is different in CS3 than in CS4
  • ✦ Drag and drop large nested symbol from library to stage hangs Flash
  • ✦ Dragging from Library to Stage slow on subsequent drag or after scrubbing the timeline
  • ✦ Scrubbing and pressing Enter to play timeline is not smooth, slower in AS3 documents
  • ✦ W and H of instance incorrect after frame 2 if apply tween to instance with filter
  • ✦ Large amounts of text nested in a symbol causes performance problems in non-AS3 documents
  • ✦ Playback in authoring is not smooth (playhead skips frames), cannot stop it when hitting enter, eventually hangs and takes long to respond (both AS 2.0 and AS 3.0)
  • ✦ Performance Creating Exported Symbol when the classpath contains lots of files and folder
  • ✦ Create ease, undo after first edit removes ease
  • ✦ Selecting and deselecting raw shape after convert to symbol spikes memory and/or crashes
  • ✦ FLA crash on open when fonts loaded
  • ✦ Mac only: User input resets to previous setting when attempting to change any value in Vertical PI input area
  • ✦ Accessing a Windows SWF after it has been moved or deleted crashes Flash
  • ✦ Crashing when re-opening FLA after canceling publish
  • ✦ Crash in test movie when running a file with video and filters


  1. Comment by cyberfish — Tuesday, 21 July, 2009 @ 0:24
  2. Have you tried 3d translation. I applied the fix and it still sucks (at least this one aspect). I created a parallax effect for a header and even applied a mask but the masked areas still shows up with some strange clipping at the end. What’s worse is that EVERYTHING outside of the actual stage area still appears in my loaded movie. Know anything about this?

  3. Comment by Uno — Friday, 12 November, 2010 @ 6:32
  4. Nice low down on the situation. Thanks

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