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PrefaceThe first time I ever tried creating graphics with Flash, I loved it. By the end of the first week, I was convinced that it was one of the best Web development applications on the market. Flash 5 is a wonderful product, but if you are like me, you have no time to spend weeks learning the intricacies of every Web technology. This book is for anyone who wants a jump-start on the most commonly needed Flash techniques, and who is then interested in looking up how to accomplish specific tasks. My book is written for the Web professional desiring to learn the essentials of Flash quickly and easily.Welcome to Essential Flash 5 for Web Professionals! Contained in this book are step-by-step instructions for creating wonderful Flash animations and interactive activities. This hands-on book explains how to use Flash to create
- quick-loading vector graphics
- impressive animations
- shape morphing
- buttons with actions and Web links
- buttons and movies with sound and music
- interactive movies
- simple Web forms
Several important concepts are also presented, including optimizing Flash movies for better download, detecting the plug-in, and preloading Flash.
How to Use This Book
This book consists of step-by-step instructions for creating two hypothetical Web sites. The first site is a straightforward Flash site with simple vector graphics created in Flash, basic animation, animated buttons, and buttons with sound. For the second site, instructions on creating a splash screen with music and a music on/off control are given. Also covered are more advanced graphics creation andanimation, an interactive dressing room, and an email form.
To use this book, follow the instructions to create the sites. As you work through the steps, you will be presented with checkpoints where you should save your work. Also, these checkpoints will give you a URL to the book's Web site, where you can download the project at that point. That way, if you ever have difficulty with some of the steps, you can get the file with these steps already completed to assist you in understanding. The Web site for this book is located at