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Flash CS4: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [NOOK Book]

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Unlock the power of Flash and bring gorgeous animations to life onscreen. It's easy with Flash CS4: The Missing Manual. You'll start creating animations in the first chapter, and will learn to produce effective, well-planned visuals that get your message across. This entertaining new edition includes a complete primer on animation, a guided tour of the program's tools, lots of new illustrations, and more details on working with video. Beginners...

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Flash CS4: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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Overview

Unlock the power of Flash and bring gorgeous animations to life onscreen. It's easy with Flash CS4: The Missing Manual. You'll start creating animations in the first chapter, and will learn to produce effective, well-planned visuals that get your message across. This entertaining new edition includes a complete primer on animation, a guided tour of the program's tools, lots of new illustrations, and more details on working with video. Beginners will learn to use the software in no time, and experienced Flash designers will improve their skills.

Expanded and revised to cover the new version of Flash, every chapter in this book provides step-by-step tutorials to help you:

  • Learn to draw objects, animate them, and integrate your own audio and video files
  • Add interactivity, use special effects, learn morphing, and much more
  • Check your work with the book's online example files and completed animations
  • Discover new Flash toolkits and features such as Frameless Animation
  • Use every timesaving aspect of Flash CS4, such as Library objects and Symbols
  • Learn how to automate your drawings and animations with ActionScript 3.0

With this book, absolutely no programming is necessary to get started with Flash CS4. Flash CS4: The Missing Manual explains in jargon-free English exactly what you need to know to use Flash effectively, while avoiding common pitfalls, right from the start.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596554279
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 752
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He's also the author of "Word 2007: The Missing Manual" and "Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual."

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Table of Contents

The Missing CreditsIntroductionPart I: Creating a Flash AnimationChapter 1: Getting Around FlashChapter 2: Creating Simple DrawingsChapter 3: Animating Your DrawingsPart II: Advanced Drawing and AnimationChapter 4: Organizing Frames and LayersChapter 5: Advanced Drawing and ColoringChapter 6: Reusable Flash: Symbols and TemplatesChapter 7: Advanced Tweens with the Motion EditorChapter 8: Realistic Animation with IK BonesChapter 9: Incorporating Non-Flash Media FilesChapter 10: Incorporating Sound and VideoPart III: Adding InteractivityChapter 11: Introduction to ActionScript 3Chapter 12: Controlling Actions with EventsChapter 13: Organizing Objects with the Display ListChapter 14: Controlling AnimationChapter 15: Components for InteractivityChapter 16: Choosing, Using, and Animating TextChapter 17: Drawing with ActionScriptPart IV: Delivering Your Animation to Its AudienceChapter 18: Testing and DebuggingChapter 19: Publishing and ExportingPart V: AppendixesInstallation and HelpFlash CS4, Menu by MenuColophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Not bad...

    I needed to know how to better use Flash, so this was useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Relatively User Friendly Book for a not so user friendly CS4

    Flash is not a particularly user friendly program like its counterparts Illustrator and Photoshop. The book is mostly directed towards PC users although it does have tips and parallel information in most instances for Mac users (which is what I use). I think the book is a good resource for those trying to learn more about how to maneuver through the Flash program. What I like about the book is that it contains a lot of visuals to help guide the reader through the Flash program and covered a lot of what I was looking for. I have a small production company and I wanted to create items for websites and this helped but in some instances, the information was still a little too complex to follow easily. In terms of providing tips for action scripts, I would have liked to have seen a simple table with the action scripts set forth (e.g. to stop a flash from looping, do this ...). I think a lot of readers would prefer just to know the simple actions without as much explanation which can actually confuse things. But overall a helpful resource!

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

    HORRIBLE

    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!! It is soooo bad. I'm a design student at NYU. There are so many better books that actually teach you things.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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