50 Fast Flash MX Techniques

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* 50 cool techniques that will take your Flash animations to the next level. Includes topics such as Simulating a 3D Cube, Creating an Explosion, Building Letters from an Images, Making Mono Clips Sound Like Stereo, Creating a 3D Morph, Triggering Speech Bubbles, Building a User-response Form, Putting a Flash Movie onto a PDA.
* Covers the latest Flash "X" release. Most of these effects can also be created with Flash 5.
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Overview

* 50 cool techniques that will take your Flash animations to the next level. Includes topics such as Simulating a 3D Cube, Creating an Explosion, Building Letters from an Images, Making Mono Clips Sound Like Stereo, Creating a 3D Morph, Triggering Speech Bubbles, Building a User-response Form, Putting a Flash Movie onto a PDA.
* Covers the latest Flash "X" release. Most of these effects can also be created with Flash 5.
* 50 step-by-step methods to make your Flash 5 and Flash "X" animations more impressive, engaging, effective, and fun. Includes a 32-page full-color insert highlighting the most dramatic visual tricks.
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Sometimes you want to plug in something cool to freshen your Flash movies -- but you want to do it quickly, without having to earn a graduate degree first. Reach for 50 Fast Flash MX Techniques. Flash mavens Ellen Finkelstein and Gurdy Leete have pulled together easy, step-by-step techniques and sample files you can use to do all manner of fun stuff with Flash MX (and, in most cases, Flash 5, too).

There’s a little of everything here. 2-D Animation (how to make characters walk, lakes ripple, fireworks shoot, and bubbles... well, bubble). A bit of simulated 3-D. Loads of funky text tricks (imagine placing a movie inside your text so there’s animation running within the letters).

Ever wanted to create one of those cool virtual reality panoramas, where you drag the mouse left or right to see any part of a 360-degree view? Or create interactive shadows, so as the user moves the mouse, different objects are lit or placed in shadow? Or create tabbed menus? (Oh, and if you’ve never learned how to validate forms, or give users a progress display while your movies preload, that’s here, too.) Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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“…inspires you to push yourself using the techniques within…well-written, detailed and accessible…”(Practical Web Projects, August 2003)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764536922
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2002
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Finkelstein is the author of many other computer books, including AutoCAD 2002 Bible and several guides to PowerPoint.
Gurdy Leete, a professor of digital media at Maharishi University of Management, has twenty years of computer animation experience. Together, he and Ellen wrote Macromedia Flash MX For Dummies.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: 2D Animation.

Technique 1: A Line Drawing Itself.

Technique 2: Make a Character Walk.

Technique 3: Talking Head.

Technique 4: Create Ripples.

Technique 5: Dissolve a Vector into a Bitmap.

Technique 6: Morph a Geometric Shape into an Image.

Technique 7: Make Bubbles.

Technique 8: Kaleidoscope.

Technique 9: Wrap an Image.

Technique 10: Fireworks.

Chapter 2: 3D Animation.

Technique 11: Rotating 3D Logo.

Technique 12: Rotating Earth.

Chapter 3: Text.

Technique 13: Text Controlling Objects.

Technique 14: Animated Text Warping.

Technique 15: Text Morphing.

Technique 16: Movies Inside Text.

Technique 17: Swarming Dots Form Text.

Technique 18: Radiating Text Effects.

Chapter 4: Sound and Video.

Technique 19: On/Off and Volume Sound Controls.

Technique 20: Adding Video to a Flash Movie.

Chapter 5: Interactive Effects.

Technique 21: Draggable Magnifying Lens.

Technique 22: Draggable Movies.

Technique 23: Image Slide Scroller with Motion Blur.

Technique 24: Pan and Zoom an Image.

Technique 25: Make a Scrolling Virtual Reality Panorama.

Technique 26: Draggable Mask.

Technique 27: Interactive Shadows.

Chapter 6: User Interfaces.

Technique 28: Mouse Trails.

Technique 29: Tabbed Menu.

Technique 30: Scroll Bars.

Technique 31: Pop-Up Windows.

Technique 32: Create a Multiple Choice Quiz.

Technique 33: User Response Form.

Technique 34: Form Validation.

Technique 35: Collapsible Menu.

Technique 36: 3D Book as a User Interface.

Technique 37: Rollover Scroll.

Technique 38: Custom Cursors.

Technique 39: Cascading Menu.

Technique 40: Animated Button.

Technique 41: Preloader with Progress Display.

Technique 42: Slide Show with Special Effect Transitions.

Chapter 7: Mini-Applications.

Technique 43: News Ticker.

Technique 44 Digital or Analog Clock.

Technique 45: Music Keyboard and Synthesizer.

Technique 46: MP3 Player.

Technique 47: Drum Set.

Technique 48: On-Screen Print Program.

Technique 49: Calculator.

Technique 50: Create a Stand-Alone Movie.

Appendix A: What's On the CD-ROM.

Appendix B: Other Resources.

About the Author.

Colophon.

Index.

End-User License Agreement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    This is a Great Book

    Like many people out there you are trying to find the perfect flash book. with so many out there its tough. but with this book it has everything you need to create a really killer flash website. its a great book and its worth its price.

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