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This practical, nuts-and-bolts toolkit puts theory into practice with ready-made answers to common Flash development questions. It's the perfect resource for Flash developers, as well as designers who are ready to start doing development work.

Flash 8 Cookbook offers quick look-up (and cross-referenced) ...

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This practical, nuts-and-bolts toolkit puts theory into practice with ready-made answers to common Flash development questions. It's the perfect resource for Flash developers, as well as designers who are ready to start doing development work.

Flash 8 Cookbook offers quick look-up (and cross-referenced) recipes in four main categories:

  • Creating Flash Content
  • Building Interactive Flash Interfaces
  • Adding Multimedia and Data
  • Planning Flash Projects

Using O'Reilly's popular Problem/Solution/Discussion Cookbook format, this book offers 280 standalone recipes that include a brief explanation of how and why the solution works, so you can adapt it to similar situations you may run across in the future. For people who say, "I understand everything in theory, but I don't know where to start in practice," this book offers ready-to-use answers to real-world problems.

Joey Lott is the author of ActionScript Cookbook (O'Reilly) and co-author of Flash MX 2004 ActionScript Bible (Wiley). He's a leading speaker and consultant in the Flash development community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596102401
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/2006
  • Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Joey Lott is the author of ActionScript Cookbook (O'Reilly), Learning ActionScript 2.0 in Flash MX 2004 (, Complete Flash Remoting MX (Wiley), and is co-author of Flash MX 2004 ActionScript Bible (Wiley). Joey spends much of his time writing, and doing consulting and project development on his own, as well as interfacing with the flash development community (Macromedia, other experts, fans and users, media, interested corporate clients, and friends). You can learn more about Joey and follow his contributions to the Flash community by checking out his wsebsite and his blog:

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Drawing in Flash

Chapter 2: Importing and Exporting Artwork

Chapter 3: Structuring Movies and Laying Out Content

Chapter 4: Creating Animation

Chapter 5: Simulating 3D in Flash

Chapter 6: Composing Images with Bitmaps and Masks

Chapter 7: Working with Text Basics

Chapter 8: Working with Dynamic Text

Chapter 9: Adding Interactivity

Chapter 10: Managing Playback

Chapter 11: Managing Movie Clips

Chapter 12: Creating Presentations and Slideshows

Chapter 13: Building Flash Forms

Chapter 14: Building Advanced Flash Forms

Chapter 15: Customizing UI Components

Chapter 16: Loading Images and Flash Content

Chapter 17: Working with Sound

Chapter 18: Working with Video

Chapter 19: Using Data

Chapter 20: Building Preloaders

Chapter 21: Publishing Flash

Chapter 22: Deploying Flash on Mobile Devices

Chapter 23: Making Movies Accessible


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

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    Flash 8 Cookbook Joey Lott ISBN: 0-596102402 Cooking with Flash 8?? Reading the Flash 8 Cookbook is a painful experience considering you pay $44.95 for it. If you need answers to real-world problems don't look here. This book is a semi-helpful reference guide for those designers who are just beginning to branch out into Action Script. They try to make everything in the book very easy for you to the point that some of the chapters talk down to the reader. The meatiest information is concentrated from page 200-340 of an almost 500 page book. Some of the information in this section is about fading movie clips in and out, the key word ¿this¿, working with Java Script in Flash, and adding event listeners. This book features one of the best explanations I have seen on how to create a listener object and add an event listener on page 346. They break all the code down there with samples. A bonus to reading this book is that you can download a number of great low file size components written by Joey Lott . Some of the unique components are the form controller, slide show, and window controller. This book even introduces you to 3d Max and how to use it in conjunction with Flash. There is info on video and mobile but, surprisingly no chapter on Office Yoga for the Flash Action Scripter. They lumped together a number of topics that could have individually comprised a number of 500 -1000 page books. I think too many cooks spoiled the Action Script in this case. I consider this to be an easy fast read. Great to take to the gym or the beach. If you had to buy just one book on Flash 8, this wouldn't be the one you would choose.

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