You can tween to your heart's content, and you're ready to take your Flash skills to the next level. You want smarter animation, more interactivity, better communication with outside applications. You're ready to suck it up and learn a little ActionScript, if that's what it takes. You're the web designer Russell Chun wrote Flash 5 Advanced Visual QuickPro Guide for.
Chun starts with advanced animation techniques: creating complex animations from simple parts, using simulated digital video and 3D in your Flash projects, and exporting multimedia files as QuickTime movies.
Next, it's on to ActionScripting: fundamental syntax, advanced buttons and user input features, managing communications within Flash (for example, creating preloaders and clip events) and outside Flash (with browsers, printers, external movies, and Macromedia Generator).
Chun demonstrates how to gain greater control over movie clips, changing everything from scale to transparency, and creating arcade-style interactivity. There's detailed coverage of Flash's sound object, and techniques for managing sound more effectively by keeping it outside your Flash project in the form of external movies. The book concludes with some excellent tips on managing and optimizing content, and troubleshooting ActionScript -- including a list of the errors ActionScript developers make most often.
The QuickPro guide follows the proven format Peachpit established years ago with its bestselling QuickStart guides. It's clean, task based, uses lots of graphics, and extremely accessible. Which means it'll get you where you want to go -- fast. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.