Flash Application Design Solutions: The Flash Usability Handbook

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Flash Application Design Solutions shows you how to harness the power of ActionScript 2.0 and make the most of the improved design tools of Flash 8 to create usable, intuitive Flash interfaces.

In this book, you’ll find a number of concrete Flash usability solutions that use elements such as navigation menus, data filtering, forms, content loaders, Flash liquid layouts, help tips, and many other features. You’ll learn how each of these solutions actually improves on what is ...

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Overview

Flash Application Design Solutions shows you how to harness the power of ActionScript 2.0 and make the most of the improved design tools of Flash 8 to create usable, intuitive Flash interfaces.

In this book, you’ll find a number of concrete Flash usability solutions that use elements such as navigation menus, data filtering, forms, content loaders, Flash liquid layouts, help tips, and many other features. You’ll learn how each of these solutions actually improves on what is possible with HTML and JavaScript. In each case, you’ll see how users interact with the website feature, and how it gives users the most intuitive, enjoyable experience possible while using your application. You’ll get a step-by-step analysis of how to program and build each solution, and how to make it scalable, maintainable, and reusable.

The book concludes with a case study that showcases the solutions developed in the previous chapters, all working together in a single application. This example puts all the pieces together and highlights just how, with some thought and consideration, Flash can improve usability on the Web.

This book is essential reading for all Flash designers and developers, from beginners seeking valid solutions to veteran Flashers looking for a fresh perspective on application design, interaction, and reusability.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590595947
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Ka Wai Cheung is a software architect and award-winning web designer specializing in developing usable web applications. He has a particular interest in creating rich internet experiences in Macromedia Flash and object-oriented programming theory. Having developed over a hundred web applications for industries ranging from law to entertainment, Ka Wai is a lead architect at Dizpersion Technologies, a company focused on RSS content distribution. Ka Wai has written for several online publications and resource sites including Digital Web Magazine (http://www.digital-web.com), ActionScript.org (http://www.actionscript.org), and HOW design online (http://www.howdesign.com). He writes on anything from web standards and usability design to software development theory. He logs his past web projects and writings on his personal portfolio site, Project99 (http://www.project99.tv). Ka Wai has degrees in computing and information systems, mathematics, and integrated science from Northwestern University in Chicago. When not working on the web, Ka Wai enjoys playing guitar, eating foods from all four corners of the world, attending sporting events and soaking up the always warm Chicago sun.

Craig Bryant is a full-time Flash engineer living and working in Chicago. He has been advocating the use of Flash in delivering rich Internet applications to top-ranked online communications agencies around the world for the past five years with great success. Currently, Craig is a senior art director at Arc Worldwide in Chicago. From car configurators to video learning applications, Craig's devotion to Flash has driven his creative intrigue while providing him with a technical expertise and perspective that only a Flash developer can attain. Like many other Flash developers, Craig's background is not strictly programming oriented; he has a degree in musical composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston. When he isn't crankin' out Actionscript and his eyes aren't glued to the screen gawkin' at the spectacular work of his contemporaries, Craig is seekin' out great music, catchin' up on 20th century American fiction or awaiting a deep dish pizza being delivered to his doorstep.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Flash : then, now, later 1
Ch. 2 Setting up your Flash environment 13
Ch. 3 A basic selection system 19
Ch. 4 Navigation menus 41
Ch. 5 Content loading 67
Ch. 6 Inventory views and selection devices 109
Ch. 7 Data filtering 139
Ch. 8 Forms 163
Ch. 9 State management and storage 197
Ch. 10 Help tips 209
Ch. 11 Browser history 227
Ch. 12 Liquid layouts 247
Ch. 13 Embedding Flash 271
Ch. 14 Planning for usability 285
Ch. 15 The usable bookstore 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    Not Yet Out But I'm Sure It'll be a 5!

    But I saw a talk that Mr. Cheung gave recently regarding usability and Human Computer Interaction and I must say I was extremely impressed. This book is sure to find a place on my desk!

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