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Flash 5 is rapidly maturing into a professional animation, web site front-end and web application construction tool. Flash 5 builds on the strengths of Flash 4 by expanding ActionScript into an exponentially more powerful and flexible language, adding bezier tools, including XML support, and providing tools to smooth group workflow on larger-scale projects. Flash 5 is a professional tool with the power to change the way the web looks.

This book shares the skills and knowledge of working Flash professionals with their peers. It assumes you already know the basics of Flash, and offers up a smorgasbord of techniques, processes and advice for moving your Flash movies up through the gears. Whether it's storyboarding, sophisticated animation techniques, ActionScript programming structures or XML, you'll find it all here.

What you’ll learnWho this book is for

Flash 5 Studio recognizes that the reader is intelligent, web savvy and able to put things together for him or herself. The book offers a wide-ranging set of professional tools and techniques that designers can apply to their own work and adopt to achieve professional results. The book assumes that you already know your way around Flash and that you want to develop the skills and practices to take you to the next level.

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Offers tips and tools for intermediate Flash designers who'd like to take their web applications to the next level. The 23 chapters describe techniques for adding animation and sound to Flash movies, coding ActionScript to create special effects and games, integrating dynamic content, and tagging with XML and HTML. All the examples are run in the expert mode. The CD-ROM contains FLAs for the worked examples, color images, and trial versions of software. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903450307
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Sham Bhangal has worked on books in new media for five years, during which time he has authored and co-authored numerous friends of ED books, including critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling titles like Foundation Flash, New Masters of Flash, Flash MX Upgrade Essentials, Flash MX Most Wanted, and the Flash MX Designer's ActionScript Reference. He has considerable working experience with Macromedia and Adobe products, as well as other general web design technologies (such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.). In addition to speaking appearances at FlashForward, the biggest Macromedia Flash developer conference, Sham has also been a beta tester for Macromedia and Discreet products for a number of years.

Brendan Dawes is creative director with interactive agency magneticNorth, based in the U.K. His portfolio of work includes projects for Disney, Golden Wonder, Benetton, Club 18-30, Volvic, Fox Kids, Kellogg's, Coca-Cola Schweppes, and Channel 4. As well as commercial work, Bren also has personal projects including BrendanDawes.com, the highly acclaimed Saul Bass website, and its quirky offshoot, Psycho Studio, an application built entirely in Flash that allows you to edit your own version of the Psycho shower scene! Over the years, Brendan's work has been featured in many industry publications, including Cre@te Online, Graphics International, and Creative Review, and he has received various awards, including Shockwave Site of the Day three times, a nomination in the New York Flashforward Film Festival, and a nomination in the 2001 Webby Awards in San Francisco. He also writes Dreamweaver extensions and wrote the official QuickTime extension in conjunction with Apple and Macromedia. Bren is heavily involved with product development at Macromedia in San Francisco as part of the alpha and beta testing teams for many of their products. Before becoming an interactive designer, Brendan dabbled in the music industry, landing a record contract with Liverpool dance label 3 Beat Music. Before that, he worked as a photographer for national newspapers in the U.K. Both disciplines have helped him understand sound design and visual composition in interactive design. He's a regular speaker at design seminars across the world, including Flashforward in New York and San Francisco, Macromedia Web World in Seattle, Internet World in Los Angeles, and the New Media Age Congress in London. He was a co-author of the groundbreaking first volume of New Masters of Flash from friends of ED, and in 2001, he published his first solo book for New Riders, Flash ActionScript for Designers: Drag, Slide, Fade. Brendan's work has also appeared in a book by Californian design house Juxt Interactive as one of the 10 featured creatives.

Torben Holm has been in the computer business as a developer since 1987. He has been working with Oracle since 1992 his first four years as system analyst and application developer (Oracle 7 and Forms 4.0/Reports 2.0 and database administrator), then two years as developer (Oracle6/7, Forms 3.0 and RPT, and database administrator). He spent several years working for Oracle Denmark in the Premium Services group as a senior principal consultant, performing application development and database administration tasks. He also worked as an instructor in PL/SQL, SQL, and database courses. Torben now works for Miracle A/S (MiracleAS.dk) as a consultant, with a focus in application development (PLSQL, mod_plsql, Forms, ADF) and database administration. He has been at Miracle A/S for more than 10 years. He is an Oracle Certified Developer and a member of the OakTable Network.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Essentials
0: Introduction
1: Fast Tutorial
Part II: Flash Architecture and Integration
2: Streaming, Preloading and File Size
3: Optimization and Compatibility
4: Globalization Issues
5: Interface Design 1
6: Interface Design 2
7: Graphics Formats and Technicalities
8: Flash in the Broadband Landscape
9: Flash in HTML
Part III: Content Creation and Enhancement
10: Flash Video
11: Flash Sound
12: Effective Animation Techniques
13: Flash and 3D 1
14: Flash and 3D 2
15: Importing Content
16: Using PNG Transparency
17: Layers, Masks and Effects
Part IV: ActionScript and Interaction
18: Essential Interaction Elements
19: ActionScripting 1
20: ActionScripting 2
21: ActionScripting 3
22: ActionScripting 4
23: Smart Clips
24: AI Routines
25: Advanced AI Routines
26: Object Oriented Flash
Part V: Flash Web Applications
27: Defining the New Web
28: Dynamic Content from Text Files
29: Flash and Generator
30: Flash and ColdFusion
31: Open Source Dynamic Flash
32: Flash and XML
33: Flash and PHP
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Awesome Reference

    This book has survived the times and still is a good reference all the way up to Flash MX 2004. This is by far one of the best OVERALL reference books on Flash you can by. It breaks things down easily and lets youo see many aspects of Flash Development.

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