Missing EDAP Tools or shortcuts after updating Animate

Always update Animate with caution

If you rely on EDAP Tools for your work, always install new ver­sions of Ani­mate sep­a­rate­ly and not on top of your exist­ing installation.
You can unin­stall lat­er, when you are cer­tain that the new ver­sion works well. This will ensure a smooth upgrade.

There are two types of Ani­mate updates — minor and major.

Minor updates

Minor updates have the same ver­sion num­ber before the dot, i.e. 20.0.2, 20.5 and so on.
These ver­sions share the same Con­fig­u­ra­tion fold­er.

After minor updates, installed EDAP Tools (which reside in the Con­fig­u­ra­tion fold­er) will still be present.

Major updates

Major updates have dif­fer­ent ver­sion num­bers. For exam­ple 20.5, 21.0.6, 22.0 and so on.
These major ver­sions have sep­a­rate Con­fig­u­ra­tion fold­ers.

After major updates, EDAP Tools will need to be installed in the new ver­sion of Ani­mate as it has a dif­fer­ent Con­fig­u­ra­tion folder.
These updates are espe­cial­ly con­fus­ing for new EDAPT adopters, because before the update the CC App lets them choose “Import pre­vi­ous set­tings and pref­er­ences”. This gives the false impres­sion that exten­sions will also be trans­ferred, but they are not and need to be installed.

Restoring EDAPT Shortcuts

To restore EDAPT Short­cuts in case if some have gone miss­ing or are not work­ing prop­er­ly, open EDAPT Con­trol Pan­el and go to the Mis­cel­la­neous sec­tion. Then click the “Restore EDAPT Short­cuts” check­box, press Apply and reload the short­cuts from the Short­cuts dia­log. Details…

More infor­ma­tion about short­cuts, where they reside and how to mod­i­fy them — short­cuts tag.

Hi, I’m using the lat­est ver­sion of Ani­mate at work while using an old­er ver­sion of Flash on my home com­put­er. At home, while prac­tic­ing the tuto­ri­als, I have found the Til­da key to be very help­ful for snap­ping child sym­bols to par­ent sym­bols . How­ev­er this com­mand does­n’t seem to work in Ani­mate and instead of snap­ping it changes the cur­rent­ly select­ed sym­bol to anoth­er sym­bol. Any idea what’s going on here and how I can get the Til­da key to work?

Hi James,

First, check the Com­mands menu at work to make sure that the EDAPT com­mands are present.
If the com­mands are there, try to exe­cute Smart Mag­net Joint from the menu to test if the com­mand itself works.
Also check to see if there are short­cuts shown next to the com­mands in the menu.

The menu should look like this: 

If the com­mands are not there, you need to install the tools.
If the com­mands are there, but you see no short­cuts, you need to restore the EDAPT Short­cuts as described above in the article.

When all this is done, and if still you have issues with this one short­cut, you have to look into your key­board lay­out and see what character/symbol the key to the left of 1 and below Esc is pro­duc­ing while typ­ing text. If your OS key­board lay­out is unusu­al, the ‘/~ may be mapped to some oth­er key. Switch­ing to Eng­lish US key­board from Win­dows set­tings should fix this.

If you can­not change key­board lay­out due to admin priv­i­leges and the admin at work is unco­op­er­a­tive, you can assign a dif­fer­ent key to Smart Mag­net Joint as is described here. Just keep in mind that mul­ti-func­tion com­mands need mul­ti­ple short­cuts assigned to them.

You also have the option to open EDAPT Com­mands pan­el and use the SMJ button.

Hope this helps!
Let us know how you go.

Thank you for the com­pre­hen­sive answer! This was a frus­trat­ing issue and your fix advice is much appre­ci­at­ed. I think your EDAP tool is an amaz­ing labour sav­ing aid that cuts out, what used to be, hours of tedious work to get to the fun part of ani­ma­tion. I guess that I will be look­ing to pur­chase the pre­mi­um ver­sion once I get pro­fi­cient with the basic ver­sion which is fan­tas­tic in itself! Cheers.

Thank you for the kind words, James!

It is, indeed, best to get com­fort­able with all aspects of Smart Mag­net rig­ging and pos­ing before con­sid­er­ing an upgrade to EDAPT Premium.
For expe­ri­enced Flash users the learn­ing curve is not too steep. The only major con­cept that has to be grasped is that Smart Mag­net Rigs are Reg­is­tra­tion Point-based, rather than Trans­for­ma­tion Point-based as is typ­i­cal in vanil­la Flash.

Good luck with all your projects!

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