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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.