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Offline AS3 Language Reference, No AIR Application Necessary

Big Spaceship released a nice AIR app today which allows you to download and view the entire AS3 language reference locally. However, you don't need an AIR app to view the language reference offline -- there are actually two other options.

I had previously posted about the offline help and language reference locations in Flash CS4 which allows you to access the local copy of the language reference from within a web browser. But did you know that you could also access these local files from within the Flash CS4 help panel?

Normally when you access the help panel in Flash CS4 it automatically tries to load the online version of the documentation and language reference. I assume Adobe chose to do this so they could keep it updated and you could benefit from other user's comments in the Live Docs.

Keep me offline windowTo access the local copy of Flash CS4 help and the language reference, just tell Flash to “keep you offline”:

Go to Window > Extensions > Connections. In the panel that pops up, click the arrow at the top-right and select “Offline options”. From there you can check the box for “Keep me offline”. Flash will then always default to using the offline help.

I should note that doing this may also prevent you from using any other panels which call out to the internet, such as Kuler and the Flash startup/new file screen. As of now I'm not using any Internet-connected panels and I have the splash screen set to not show on startup, so this works quite well for me.

matthew said,

December 16, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

you can also keep that checked off and go straight to (on a Mac):


..which is what Help pops up anyway. I just have that bookmarked in Firefox.

I suppose using the Help drop down option might be quicker, but I know down the road something requiring the services to be online wouldn’t work and I’d have completely forgotten checking it off and would be convinced it was a Flash bug, when it was just my foggy memory.

Incidentally, the search function in the offline is way better. I don’t know why the live docs version doesn’t work the same.

Kevin S said,

February 12, 2009 @ 7:48 am

Interesting. I don’t love that it still opens in my browser, and for me, that was the real issue. No Help Panel. I don’t care about being connected or not. I hope they fix this at some point. Thanks Jon!

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February 17, 2009 @ 1:25 am

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Isaac said,

June 2, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

Yeah, I prefer it to be in the IDE rather than opening up a browser to search help and then coming back to the IDE, it slows me down.
It’s not good at all.

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