Flash MX Studio / Edition 1

Flash MX Studio / Edition 1

by Connor McDonald, Jon Steer, Jerome Turner, Alex White
     
 

ISBN-10: 1590591887

ISBN-13: 9781590591888

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: Apress

Flash MX Studio takes your raw Flash talent and multiplies its potency by focusing it on real-world web design situations. In the heady days of the late 1990s, designers were trying their hand at anything and everything they could lay their hands on. Now the marketplace is seriously focused, and serious Flash designers have to know exactly what they're

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Flash MX Studio takes your raw Flash talent and multiplies its potency by focusing it on real-world web design situations. In the heady days of the late 1990s, designers were trying their hand at anything and everything they could lay their hands on. Now the marketplace is seriously focused, and serious Flash designers have to know exactly what they're doing and why. These days, it's all about functionality over experimentation, justification over style. It's all about maturity. The design must fit the job specs, and this book shows the reader how to fulfill these requirements and more.

This book examines all the avenues open to professional or aspiring professional Flash MX designers. It takes a look at advanced uses of the new MX features, such as components and the Drawing API, and gives guidance on building whole new structures for animation, Dynamic Content, PHP, ColdFusion MX, XML, video, audio and audiovisual formats.

Never before has so much power been so accessible to the web designer. This book is designed to put that power in your hands.

Flash MX Studio has been broken into four sections to address the most common needs for the Flash designer. First off, Jamie McDonald provides five chapters on site presentation and the principles of web design. These opening chapters take a look at how to create slick, professional-level sites, involving Flash MX's new drawing and motion capabilities and interactive techniques.

The second section concentrates on ActionScript. Flash's resident coding environment is crucial to master, and taps into Flash's great strength—intuitive and interactive applications. Keith Peters and Todd Yard have buddied up on this section, and examine some of the most advanced ActionScript techniques around. Be warned—this section is not for the faint-hearted!

Section three takes a look at Flash MX's greatly improved visual, audio and audiovisual capabilities. Its three chapters, written by Jez Turner and Alex White, concentrate on building a single site aimed at displaying rich media content.

The final section is devoted to expounding a few myths about dynamic content using Flash. Its four chapters talk about general practice, before focusing in on specific areas, including introductions to PHP and XML, together with a look at Macromedia's brand new ColdFusion MX.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590591888
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Edition description:
2002 First Edition
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Sect. 1Site Presentation
Ch. 1Motion7
Ch. 2Formatting Text41
Ch. 3Drawing API89
Ch. 4Components123
Ch. 5Taking Things Further163
Sect. 2ActionScript Interfaces
Ch. 6Introduction to Events and Handlers221
Ch. 7Advanced Collision Detection253
Ch. 8Flash Math and Physics287
Ch. 9Animation and Interactivity with the Drawing API343
Ch. 103D with the drawing API389
Ch. 11Case Study: SphereCage419
Sect. 3Rich Media463
Ch. 12Dynamic Graphics467
Ch. 13Video493
Ch. 14Audio531
Sect. 4Dynamic Data Integration551
Ch. 15Working with external files551
Ch. 16Dynamic Flash: PHP573
Ch. 17XML609
Ch. 18Flash, ColdFusion and Remoting635
Index665

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