Flash MX Application And Interface Design: Data delivery, navigation, and fun in Flash MX, XML, and PHP / Edition 1

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Overview

The days of Flash as a creative luxury are long gone. After months of downsizing, Flash creativity has been on a huge rationalization program. It is no longer enough to present animation in millions of colors and a hundred transparencies. It is no longer sufficient to provide interactivity and dynamism for their own sake.

The purpose of this collection is to show how designers have taken Flash and made it work for its supper. What we discover is a series of creations that place Flash at the hub of cutting edge web content.

The end result is a snapshot of Flash as the ideal medium.

In these amazing examples, we see the software pushed to its limits to create unbeatable applications—a collapsible family tree, an interactive video learning system, and a drawing tool, capable of running online!

Beyond this, we dip into the back-end capabilities to look at how to improve Flash still further. Some staple XML and PHP routines are brought in to add a bit of spice, while Flash's mysterious sharedObject command is hunted down and tamed to create a hybrid Tamagotchi houseplant—perfectly suited to lure surfers back to your website!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591581
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 7/9/2003
  • Edition description: 2002 First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Connor McDonald has worked with Oracle since the early 1990s, cutting his teeth on Oracle versions 6.0.36 and 7.0.12. Over the past 11 years, Connor has worked with systems in Australia, the U.K., southeast Asia, western Europe, and the United States. He has come to realize that although the systems and methodologies around the world are very diverse, there tend to be two common themes in the development of systems running on Oracle: either to steer away from the Oracle-specific functions or to use them in a haphazard or less-than-optimal fashion. It was this observation that led to the creation of a personal hints and tips website (http://www.OracleDBA.co.uk) and more, presenting on the Oracle speaker circuit in an endeavor to improve the perception and usage of PL/SQL in the industry.

[Bio updated October 2008]

Paul Prudence's current work can be found at transphormetic.com. Paul is an artist and real-time visual performer working with computational and visual feedback systems and video. He uses VVVV, Flash & processed digital video. He's also a lecturer on visual music and syneasthetic art. Paul is a researcher and writer at Dataisnature.

After studying theatre in London, then working for several years as an actor in the U.S., Todd Yard was introduced to Flash in 2000 and was quickly taken by how it allowed for both stunning creativity and programmatic logic application—a truly left-brain, right brain approach to production-and has not looked back. He now freelances as a Flash developer in New York City, creating both silly animations and utilitarian applications. His personal work and experimentation can be found at his website, 27Bobs.com.

Pete Aylward is to be found working as a product manager for friends of ED, where he's been employed since 2001. Some 'non-work work' can be found at hypertelia.com.

Glen Rhodes started his mind going early in life, when he was about 4 years old. At that age, Glen began playing the piano, which was sitting unused in his family's house. He's been playing ever since. Later, in 1997, Glen co-wrote a full-length musical called Chrystanthia. Somewhere along the way, he picked up game programming as a hobby, and eventually ended up making games professionally for home console systems. Then, in 1998, Glen discovered how he could take all my experiences and combine them, when he discovered Flash. The rest is history. Glen shares his ideas on his website, GlenRhodes.com.

Ken Jokol is not American and doesn't live in London. He just works in the U.K. as a web developer for cash. Ken's site for this week is pinderkaas.com, and this is his life so far: Acorn Electron, BBC Micro Model B, Spectrum 48k, ZX Spectrum +, Dragon 16k, Atari ST 520, Amiga 1200, 286, 386SX 25Mhz, 386DX, Pentium 166 Mhz, iMac 400, Power Mac G4 450 Mhz. Ken's ambitions were to be a palaeontologist, or a milkman (so he could sit at home, eat fish fingers, and watch Moonlighting). One day, he will learn how to tune his guitar.

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Table of Contents

Table of contents:

1:: Designing Preloaders2:: Creating interfaces with the Drawing API3:: Real-Feel Sites4:: A Flash Family Tree5:: Making XML work for your Interface6:: A PHP Site7:: Promoting Site Stickiness8:: Interactive Video: Karate!9:: Drawing on the fly t-shirt designer
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