13 September 2010

Quick AS3 Language Reference Search with Google Chrome’s custom search engine

ActionScript 3 language reference document is any Flash developer’s bible. Whenever you implement something with Flash, you’ll find yourself checking this document regularly. There are plenty of ways to access this document:

  1. Open Flash CS* and press F1 to open it’s internal help panel. (Some of my friends do this even when they don’t have any fla to edit).
  2. In FlashDevelop, place the caret on a Flash built-in class name and press F1. FD will open the default browser with Google search results within AS3 language reference’s site. (This requires you to open FlashDevelop anyway).
  3. Bookmark this site: http://www.adobe.com/livedocs/flash/9.0/actionscriptlangrefv3/ (Flash Player 9 AS3 & Flash CS3 components) or this: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AS3LCR/Flash_10.0/ (Flash Player 10 AS3 & Flash CS4 components) and open it with your favorite browser. Then you’ll need to browse through the classes list.
  4. Download this offline FlashCS4 help document and open the index.html file locally with your favorite browser. You’ll also need to browse through the classes list.
    You can also bookmark this local document for quick access.

Now, if you’re using Google Chrome, let me propose another way not only help access the online document quickly but also allow to search for a specific term or class with lightning speed!