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Flash Ads for Google : Flash CC 2014

I’m not a Flash guy. Haven’t touched the stuff in forever. However, I recently had to make some Flash ads for Google and had to learn a few things. Beyond just simple animation and basic workings of flash, there are two obstacles to overcome:

  1. Output to Flash Player 10.1 – which isn’t an option in the publish settings (and apparently for quite a while)
  2. clickTags – what is that anyways!

So here is some relevant information from the Internet on that….

Target Flash Player 10.1 from Flash CC 2014

Thanks to stansjockstrap on Adobe Forums.



For anybody who is looking, and I am not a coding person, far from it, this is what I done.

(1) Downloaded the 10.1 playerglobal.swc from Adobe here.

(2) Right mouse click (or ctl click on a mac) on the Flash folder and show package contents – then click Contents/Common/Configuration/ActionScript 3.0/

(3) Create a folder called FP10.1 and drop in the downloaded file (should be called playerglobal.swc).

(3) Go back to the common folder and go to Common/Configuration/Players

(4) Duplicate the FlashPlayer10_3.xml as FlashPlayer10_1.xml and open this file in textedit or whatever editor you have and replace the text with this:


<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>


<player id=”FlashPlayer10″ version=”10″ asversion=”3″>

<name>Flash Player 10.1</name>

<path builtin=”true” />

<path platform=”WIN”>Device Central/adcdl.exe</path>

<path platform=”MAC”>Device Central/adcdl</path>

<playerDefinitionPath as2=”$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP10;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP9;$(UserConfig)/Classes/FP8;$(Use rConfig)/Classes/FP7″ as3=”$(AppConfig)/ActionScript 3.0/FP10.1/playerglobal.swc” />

<feature name=”multiScreenPublish” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”mobileAuthoringIntegration” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”deviceSound” supported=”false” />

<feature name=”exportStreamingSound” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”exportEventSound” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”FSCommand2″ supported=”false” />

<feature name=”gradient_linearRGB” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”gradient_overflow” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”shape_strokeHint” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”shape_cap” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”shape_join” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”shape_mitre” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”shape_scale” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”linkage_exportForActionscript” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”linkage_exportForRuntimeSharing” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”linkage_exportInFirstFrame” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”linkage_importForRuntimeSharing” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”linkage_importAndAddToCache” supported=”false” />

<feature name=”publish_localPlaybackSecurity” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”publish_hardwareAcceleration” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”symbol_blendMode” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”actionScript_documentClass” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”symbol_blendMode” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”filters” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”component_binding” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”component_schema” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”screens” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”video” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”deviceVideo” supported=”false” />

<feature name=”accessibility” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”dynamic_text_kerning” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”static_text_charwidth_nondeviceFont” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”static_text_charwidth_deviceFont” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”advanced_anti_alias_text” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”nine_slice_scaling” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”runtimeNumberMinMax” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”use8kSampleRate” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”useDefineFont4ForDeviceText” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”useDefineFont4ForEmbeddedFonts” supported=”true” />

<feature name=”textLayoutFramework” supported=”true” />


<preset uuid=”da5cac1a-417a-4d86-b7f7-ef21010a5d7d” name=”FLV – Match Source Attributes (High Quality)” ext=”flv” default=”true” />



<menu name=”ID_testInFlash” default=”true” />

<menu name=”ID_testInDeviceCentral” />



<menu name=”ID_debugtInFlash” default=”true” />

<menu name=”ID_debugInDeviceCentral” />




(5) close and restart flash

(6) Pick 10.1 in your export settings and it will work now.


Just one minor note. My download was named playerglobal10_1.swc. you’ll want to rename it to playerglobal.swc

Now you can choose Flash Player 10.1 as your publish settings!

Making clickTags


Tutorial at Flashclicktag.com was super helpful for this part, but is a little outdated for current version of flash. Everything still works though, except I got a bit confused at the part where I added the action script. I think the buttons are just in a different place now, but this seemed to work

function():void {
if (root.loaderInfo.parameters.clickTAG.substr(0,5) == “http:”) {
new URLRequest(root.loaderInfo.parameters.clickTAG), “_blank”

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