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    Installing Flex 3 SDK?

    I am trying to install Adobe Flex 3 SDK on Ubuntu, but it's pretty tricky how to install it (for me). The installation docs aren't very clear.

    This is what it says:
    1. Download Flex SDK ZIP file from the Adobe website.

    2. Create a directory to contain Flex SDK.

    3. Extract the Flex SDK ZIP file to this directory. The Flex SDK contains the following directories:
    * /ant — Contains Flex Ant Tasks.
    * /asdoc — Contains helper files for the ASDoc tool that creates HTML documentation from your MXML and ActionScript source code.
    * /bin — Contains the mxmlc, compc, asdoc, and fdb utilities. The bin directory also contains the jvm.config file, which specifies Java settings that you can modify, if necessary.
    * /frameworks — Contains compiled framework classes, configuration files, and framework source code.
    * /lib — Contains JAR files used by the utilities.
    * /runtimes — Contains installers for the Adobe AIR runtime inside the air directory and installers for debug versions of Flash Player 9 inside the player directory.
    * /samples — Contains sample applications.
    * /templates — Contains HTML templates for Flash Player detection and browser integration and inside the air folder, a sample Adobe AIR application.xml file.

    4. Ensure that the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is installed on the computer and that the java_home/bin directory is defined in the system path. JRE 1.4, 1.5, or 1.6 is required. For 1.4, JRE 1.4.2_06 or later is required.

    5. Install the appropriate debug Flash Player from the install_root/runtimes/player/platform directory.

    6. (Optional) When the Flash Player installation finishes, restart your computer to ensure that the updated Flash Player browser plug-in is enabled.

    7. Continue by reviewing the explorer sample. To run the explorer sample, you must first compile it running the install_root/samples/explorer/build.bat (Windows) or install_root/samples/explorer/build.sh (UNIX and Mac OS X) files. For more information on the Flex compilers, see the "Using the Flex Compilers" chapter in the Building and Deploying Flex Applications manual.

    I have everything correct for steps 1-4, but on step 5 I am confused. I go to ~/Flex/runtimes/player/lnx, and I only see two tar.gz files. One is named install_flash_player_9.tar.gz, and the other is flashplayer.tar.gz. I assume that I should install the first one, so I go to extract it.

    All that is in this file is a file called flashplayer-installer and libflashplayer.so

    Clicking both of them does nothing, what should I do? Or what program should I run them with?

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    Re: Installing Flex 3 SDK?

    bump :\

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    Re: Installing Flex 3 SDK?

    Hmm, this is not comforting: I also want to install the flex3 sdk, but had great difficulty getting flash to work.

    Using the multimedia howto sticky thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...3)specifically the torubleshooting section for adobe flash will hopefully work... I'm trying it out now.

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    Re: Installing Flex 3 SDK?

    curses! now I have messed up my working flash installation and I can't get the it working again... I'm off to post in that thread...

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    Re: Installing Flex 3 SDK?

    @ itsjareds: you should extract both files here. flashplayer-installer is a bash script; I don't know if it will work for you; for me it says 'unsupported achitecture /x86_64/'. If you want to try it simpy open a console at that location and run

    sudo ./flashplayer_installer

    this should then hopefully extract and install libflashplayer.so in all the right places. If it does not, your guess is as good as mine: head tot the comprehensive multimedia thread and see if those instructions help you at all.

    The flashplayer.tar.gz. when extracted, creates a standalone flashplayer (just double click the extracted file). You can open .swf files and play them using this. It also has a menu item called debug, which will hopefully prove usefull.

    Please report back on your success. My flash player is still not working at all

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