- Installation instructions
- Location of EDAP Tools
- Deinstallation instructions
- The Tools - help entries and videos
- Edit Multiple Frames and EDAP Tools
A note about shortcuts
Many of the commands below need a keyboard shortcut assigned to them. Only then they become a powerful seamless addition to an uninterrupted workflow. Our goal when designing the tools was to make them as invisible and unobtrusive as possible – an integral part of an uninterrupted animation process.
EDAP Tools come with the EDAPT Keyboard Shortcuts set, which was carefully developed over the years. Because many of the standard Adobe keys were reassigned, it may require time until users get used to it. A full description of the shortcuts is available here and the EDAP Tools Shortcuts Map is available for quick access from within the package: Commands > 09 EDAPT Help > View Shortcuts Map.
EDAPT shortcuts are designed to work with standard English US keyboard layout.
Using other keyboard layouts (for example English UK) can result in broken shortcuts or unpredictable behavior.
How to install and uninstall EDAP Tools v.4.0
The instructions below are for v.4.0 of EDAP Tools. Previous releases had other methods of installation and deinstallation.
Before you begin: If you are upgrading from a previous version of EDAP Tools, make sure you uninstall that old version first
Download the latest build of EDAP Tools (EDAPT_Setup_v_4.xxx.zip) and unzip the compressed folder somewhere on your hard drive (for example the Desktop). Make sure you really unzip. If you try to run the script out of a zipped folder you may get errors.
Installing EDAP Tools is a three-click process:
- Start Flash or Animate
Make sure you have no documents open as Setup will need the program to be restarted when done!
- From Commands menu choose Run Command…
Browse and point to Install-Uninstall EDAPT.jsfl (inside the unzipped folder) and press Open
An Install/Uninstall dialog box will appear.
- Choose Install EDAP Tools and press OK.
You will get a message that files have been installed successfully and the program will shut down after a confirmation.
- Restart Flash so that EDAP Tools can initialize.
Location of EDAP Tools
Upon successful installation after the restart you will see the Welcome to EDAP Tools message
- EDAP Tools commands will appear in the Commands menu
- Smart Magnet Rig panel will appear under Window > Other Panels (Extensions in Animate) > Smart Magnet Rig
- Smart Graphic Control panel will appear under Window > Other Panels (Extensions in Animate) > SGC1
- KineFlex (SMR Tool) will appear in the tools palette next to or below Free Transform tool
Switch to EDAPT Shortcuts by choosing:
- on Windows Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts… and from the Current Set drop-down menu EDAPT Shortcuts.
- on Mac Flash / Animate > Keyboard Shortcuts… and from the Current Set drop-down menu EDAPT Shortcuts.
Make sure you have no documents open, as the program will need to be restarted at the end of deinstallation!
- You can follow the same procedure as with Installation, but at Step 3 when the Install/Uninstall dialog appears choose Uninstall EDAP Tools.
- An even easier way to uninstall would be from EDAPT Control Panel.
Go to Commands > EDAPT Control Panel or press Alt+F1.
When EDAPT Control Panel appears, click on the Uninstall EDAPT button at the bottom left of the dialog box. Then follow the prompts.
Flash / Animate will be closed and the EDAPT Uninstaller will remove the tools.
Removing individual Commands
Individual commands can be disabled i.e. removed from Commands menu (and enabled again) from Manage Commands… at the bottom of EDAPT Control Panel Alt+F1 – a part of the installed package.
The tools have been designed to work together as a package and managed via EDAPT Control Panel. Deleting or renaming individual commands via the default Manage Saved Commands… will result in unpredictable behavior and loss of functionality.
Click on the links below to view the help articles and demonstration videos for each of the commands, tools or panels
Edit Multiple Frames and EDAP Tools
We'd like to point out to our users that generally most of the tools have been designed to work in the 'current frame' only.
This, of course, should be quite obvious and a common sense approach, since most of the tools are used to facilitate better, faster, more efficient posing during animation or certain processes during designing and rigging.
There are, however, a few exceptions from this general rule – commands which were specifically written to utilize a selection that spans across multiple frames, using Edit Multiple Frames.
These commands are:
- Swap Multiple Symbols
- Next / Prev Frame In Symbol
- Layer Color (can work)
- Layer Outlines Or Guide Toggle (can work)
- Timeline Block To Symbol (can work)
- Smart Magnet Joint (can work)