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In Flash CS5 New Features, author Todd Perkins demonstrates key changes in the CS5 release of Adobe's interactive design and animation software. This course covers enhanced ActionScript features, including code snippets and error handling improvements, new publishing options for Adobe AIR, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash Builder integration, and the new Text Layout Framework for detailed text editing. Exercise files are included with the course.
Before you can get an application that you create in Flash onto your iPhone or other compatible device, you'll need some information and some files from Apple. To get that information, you'll need to become an iPhone developer. Once you're a developer, you can log in to the iPhone Dev Center. I'm going to log in now. Once you've logged in to the iPhone Dev Center, you can go to the iPhone Developer Program Portal link to go to the portion of the web site where you can create the files that you'll need and get all the information that Flash requires to publish an iPhone app.
Here's what Flash requires: a P12 certificate file, a provisioning profile, and an App ID. Note that the P12 file will have a password connected to it. Let's take a look at getting that file first. I'm going to go to the Certificates link in the Program Portal. Here, I have my Development Certificate. If you have a Development Certificate already, you'll need to create one. Start by installing the WWDR intermediate certificate. Once you have that, you'll need to create a certificate signing request.
You can find information about that in the How To link. Keep in mind that this link is for Mac only, so the PC process is a little different. I'll show how to do that in another movie. Now we'll turn to the Development link. Once you've created a certificate, you can click the Download link to download the file. If you're on a Mac, converting that to a P12 file is fairly simple. Simply open the file using Keychain and then expand your certificate and then right-click your private key and choose Export.
Export the file as a P12 file, and you'll be prompted to enter a password for the key. You'll need to remember that password for Flash later on. Now I'll tab back over to the iPhone Dev Center. PC users, the process is going to be different as well. You're actually going to have to use the command line to create the P12 file and again I'll show how to do that in another movie. Next, you'll need an App ID. So, I will click the App ID's link, and you can follow Apple's instructions to create an App ID for your application. Once you've created an App ID, you can create a Provisioning profile.
Here, I've already created a Provisioning profile and I'll click the Details link to expand the information. For your App ID, you'll need that last part of the ID, after the dot. So, the first part is actually called the bundle and seed ID, and the app ID, in my instance, starts with com. So, it's com.lynda.oliveoilgame. Once you've created your Provisioning Profile, you can download that file, and then you want to open it with iTunes. Make sure to open that file in iTunes to install it to your computer, so it'll go onto your device.
The Provisioning profile will allow your iPhone to run this application. So, once you have the P12 version of your certificate and its password, your application's ID and your provisioning profile that's installed into iTunes, and you have the file on your computer, you're ready to go into Flash to start creating an iPhone application.
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