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Flash Site Workshop is aimed at designers and developers who want to build a fully functional Web site with dynamic and e-commerce capabilities from pre-fabricated components that can be quickly and easily customized. For this book, the Workshop Team has assembled a vast array of Flash features (more than any one Web site is likely to ever use). In the course of the book, they dissect each feature explaining ...
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Overview

Flash Site Workshop is aimed at designers and developers who want to build a fully functional Web site with dynamic and e-commerce capabilities from pre-fabricated components that can be quickly and easily customized. For this book, the Workshop Team has assembled a vast array of Flash features (more than any one Web site is likely to ever use). In the course of the book, they dissect each feature explaining the components used and showing how to customize it for your specific purpose.

Each chapter will have the same basic structure, beginning with introducing the movie covered in the chapter and how it works, to customizing each component, to reassembling the customized components into a working Flash feature. Additionally, the book will offer suggestions and tips on further customization and list other resources the reader might want to consult.

Flash Site Workshop allows the reader to work either feature-by-feature to assemble a site completely in Flash or to choose only those features that the reader wants to use in their particular site.

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Increasingly, Flash developers are going beyond simply creating intros, splash screens, and other ephemera: they're building full-fledged sites with Flash. For many designers, the reasons to do this are compelling: no other technology offers as much control over how your site looks and works. Even designers and clients who are concerned about the downsides of building Flash-only sites are still using Flash in more sophisticated and subtle ways than ever before -- including e-commerce applications.

Yesterday's Flash skills are no longer enough: Designers who want to succeed with Flash need a real understanding of how it works in the real world now. This means, among other things, that designers are looking for a new kind of Flash book -- one that shows them exactly how to create the kinds of Flash content and functionality clients are looking for now.

A book like Ken Milburn's Flash Site Workshop. You can begin building a complete Flash site on page 1 of this book, and by the time you reach the back, you'll be up and running with a fully functional dynamic site, complete with e-commerce capabilities.

Milburn provides a large CD-ROM library of prefabricated Flash components to handle most of the essential tasks developers need to perform nowadays. The result: You get the functionality you're looking for, faster than you ever expected -- and without the lengthy trial-and-error you would've faced if you built from scratch, or the costs associated with licensing third-party code.

There's more here than any single site is likely to use. Of course, everything's modular: You can pick and choose, and turn back to the book whenever you've got a project that requires it. Best of all, as Milburn explains each component and demonstrates how to customize it, you're also learning advanced Flash techniques and scripting, hands-on.

Among the projects Milburn presents: animations for e-commerce catalogues; e-commerce site customization and personalization techniques; constructing "sites within sites" for specific purposes or events; interactive invoices and shopping carts, presenting surveys, previewing related links, even creating images with their own built-in interfaces.

Let's take a closer look at one of these projects. (Two, actually, as you'll see.) Milburn walks through creating that must-have tool, the Flash plug-in sniffer. Everyone knows visitors need the Flash plug-in installed and enabled to view Flash content, but many sites simply place a warning at the front of their sites, asking users to choose between HTML and Flash. That's clumsy, wastes a click, and often leads visitors to simply skip your Flash content. Why not do the checking for them, and send them to the right pages automatically?

In the first approach, Milburn shows how to create a small "pre-page" HTML document that contains the JavaScript and VBScript code you'll need to detect Flash. It's more code than you might expect, but that's needed in order to check all common browsers and operating systems, and to make sure it's really Flash that's present, not just Shockwave. As with each project, Milburn explains what he's trying to accomplish and why; then takes a closer look at the code, offering specific techniques and guidance on adapting it (in this case, changing page color and redirect locations).

The second approach embeds a Flash movie in the site's opening HTML page. This one is arguably a bit more challenging but evades technical problems that can lead to a "false negative" with the first approach -- and also lets you identify which version of the Flash player is present. In essence, Milburn says, you're running a race: Your HTML document contains a meta refresh tag that sends you to a new page called no_flash.htm after ten seconds -- unless the Flash movie on the same page loads first. If Flash is present, the movie loads, and the user gets the full Flash experience.

The full Flash experience. If that's what you want to give your users, Flash Site Workshop is the fastest way to give it to them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672319990
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/24/2001
  • Series: Sams Professional Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.
1. How to Use This Book.
2. Customize Your Sniffer.
3. Design the Home Page and Site Identity.
4. Build a Container Movie.
5. Add Content to the Container Movie.
6. Create the Online Store and Cart.
7. Survey Your Viewers.
8. Set Up a Services Catalog.
9. Generate Dynamic Content: News and Reviews.
10. Preview Related Links.
11. Tell Your Customer About Your Enterprise.
12. Build a Threaded Message Board.
13. Site Publishing Considerations.
Appendix A: Flash Resources on the Web.
Glossary.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    WARNING

    This book is very deceptive. Though nicely tucked away in the introduction section, it does state that this book contains NO instruction on how to use Flash. This means you will not have the means necessary to build from scratch examples in the book and know exactly what you are doing

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