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Flash MX Magic follows a proud tradition of offering cutting-edge inspirational and customizable Macromedia Flash projects written by leading Flash designers and developers. Each of the 15 projects focuses on a project such as game programming, creating a poll with a dynamic database, movie-making, and e-Card creation. By giving you clear instructions, full 4-color graphical display of steps, all the code and components and an explanation of modifications, you have all the tools necessary to complete the projects...

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Overview

Flash MX Magic follows a proud tradition of offering cutting-edge inspirational and customizable Macromedia Flash projects written by leading Flash designers and developers. Each of the 15 projects focuses on a project such as game programming, creating a poll with a dynamic database, movie-making, and e-Card creation. By giving you clear instructions, full 4-color graphical display of steps, all the code and components and an explanation of modifications, you have all the tools necessary to complete the projects and use them as a launching pad for your own sophisticated work.

New Riders is absolutely honored that so many bright stars in the Flash community collaborated to share their valuable insight on how to this all-new, third entry in the Flash Magic series. The Magic series is perfect for a multi-author book. Its non-linear design allows each chapter to stand on its own as an independent project. And with the leading Flash designers and developers authoring this book, you get the best tips and tricks from those who have proven themselves in the field.

Matthew David, Mark Baltzegar, Jim Caldwell, John Dalziel, Aria Danika, Robert Hall, Andreas Heim, Jason Krogh, Stephanie Novak and Eric Jordan, Jessica Speigel, Helen Triolo, Glenn Thomas, and Joe Tripician give you their latest insights and from-the-trenches experience with Flash MX. And the framework for the book is provided by the one and only David Emberton (of Flash 4- and Flash 5 Magic). And the artwork is designed by the best new talent in graphic design. As always, the project files are on the CD, so you can try these yourself and learn from some of the best and creatively varied minds in motiongraphics.

QUICK NOTE: Flash Magic books aren't for most absolute beginners. If you're brand new to Flash, you may want to start with an entry-level book that gets you familiar with the basics of motion graphics and Flash's tools, before jumping into a Magic book. When you're ready, we promise, it'll be worth it...

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You’re ready to get your teeth into some more sophisticated Flash projects. You’ve just broken the shrink-wrap on your new copy of Flash MX. Now, get Flash MX Magic, Third Edition. This book presents 15 start-to-finish projects, each a full chapter long, each in full color, each with all the code you need on CD-ROM, and each by one of the world’s best Flash developers.

The projects take full advantage of Flash MX and represent the direction Flash projects are headed in. You’ll build a modular preloader you can use whenever you’re creating a full Flash site. You’ll build an ActionScript-based “immersive panorama” that’ll inspire you with new ideas for your next training app. You’ll generate charts and graphs on the fly and deliver content from back-end databases.

Every project leads off with a “difficulty rating” that tells you exactly what you’re in for; calculations of final file sizes; how long it’ll take you to develop the project, and how long it’ll take your users to download it with both 56K modems and broadband connections. Very considerate. Very nifty. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Older patrons are attracted to audiovisual material on the web, but this video unfortunately misses the mark. It only covers usage of AOL which the narrator consistently conflates with the Internet. Shots of computer screens are blurry, nearly unreadable, and often cut off at the edges. Explanations are incomplete and, in some cases, incorrect (a modem, for example, is defined as "a piece of software"). Not recommended. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735711600
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/12/2002
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I Fundamentals
1 Components 2
2 Templates and Accessibility 12
3 Preloading 20
II Scripting Tools
4 Time Zones 40
5 Immersive Panorama 60
6 Boy Next Week 86
7 Sliding Tray 98
III Site Management
8 Charts and Graphs 106
9 Audio and Bitmap 134
10 eCards 148
IV Advanced
11 Movie Maker 168
12 Transitions 178
13 Dynamic Masking 190
14 Dynamic Database User Poll 210
15 Programming a Game 246
V Appendixes
A Working with Video 272
B Drawing by Numbers 280
Index 296
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    Sucks for Macs

    When I first picked it up, I thought this book would be really helpful. But I was unable to open the project files for the tutorials, so the the book is fairly useless. I suspect this may be because my computer is a Mac, and they didn't bother to make the CD fully compatible. As for Windows users . . . it may work fine. But if you have a Mac, this book is poo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    Magic with Flash

    FLASH MX MAGIC Matthew David PUBLISHER: New Riders REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades BOOK REVIEW: Flash MX Magic´ is divided into four sections that discuss Fundamentals, Scripting Tools, Site Management and Advanced uses. Each chapter begins with ¿It Works Like This¿ which will prepare you for what is in the chapter. At the end of each chapter is a Summary and ¿How To Improve¿ which will give your creative juices a nudge in other directions. It would be a good idea to have the basics of Flash down before reading this book. If you already know ActionScript, then Flash MX Magic will present a vastly more challenging version of ActionScript that comes close to JavaScript. A CD is included to help you through the exercises. Step-by-step instructions and clear writing will give you the necessary tools to use Flash MX Magic to the best possible advantage. By working the exercises and using your own thinking ability, you can come up with new and different uses for Flash!

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