Foundation Actionscript 3.0 Animation: Making Things Move! / Edition 1

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Overview

Flash has long been one of the most approachable, user-friendly tools for creating web-based animations, games, and applications. This has contributed to making it one of the most widely used programs for creating interactive web content. With each new version of Flash, ActionScript, its built-in scripting language, has become more powerful and a little more complex, too. ActionScript, now at version 3.0, has significantly matured as a programming language, bringing power and speed only previously dreamed about to Flash-based animation, going far beyond traditionally used keyframes and tweens.

The material inside this book covers everything you need to know to harness the power of ActionScript 3.0. First, all the basics of script-based animation and setting up an ActionScript 3.0 project are covered. An introduction to object-oriented programming follows, with the new syntax, events, and rendering techniques of ActionScript 3.0 explained, giving you the confidence to use the language, whether starting from scratch or moving up from ActionScript 2.0.

The book goes on to provide information on all the relevant trigonometry you will need, before moving on to physics concepts such as acceleration, velocity, easing, springs, collision detection, conservation of momentum, 3D, and forward and inverse kinematics. In no time at all, you'll both understand the concepts of scripted animation and have the ability to create all manner of exciting animations and games.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590597910
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 1,208,239
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Peters lives in the vicinity of Boston with his wife, Kazumi, and their daughter, Kristine. He has been working with Flash since 1999, and has co-authored many books for friends of ED, including Flash MX Studio, Flash MX Most Wanted, and the ground-breaking Flash Math Creativity. In 2001, he started the experimental Flash site, BIT-101 (BIT-101.com), which strives for a new, cutting edge, open-source experiment each day. The site won an award at the Flashforward 2003 Flash Film Festival in the Experimental category. In addition to the experiments on the site, there are several highly regarded Flash tutorials which have been translated into many languages and are now posted on web sites throughout the world. Keith is currently working full time doing freelance and contract Flash development and various writing projects.
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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    The best flash book ever!

    This is the best flash book I have ever read. Keith Peters shows you all the ins and outs of AS3 animation. He really gets you thinking!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    ! that hard....

    Foundation ActionScript 3.0 Animation by Keith Peters publisher: Friends of Ed IBSN:-13 (pbk):978-1-59059-791-0 copyright 2007 Review by: Linda Weller I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you haven't read the AS 2.0 version. The books are quite similar except the As 3.0 version is 500 + pages about 50 pages longer than the AS 2.0 version. You just have to weigh in on whether you can update all the code to AS 3.0 yourself. If you opt to buy the book, Keith Peters does a very good job of explaining the AS 3.0 language in a simple encouraging way. After hearing him say 'this is really simple' about 1000 times during the book, you start saying it yourself. AS 3.0 really is a better, less quirky language than AS 2.0. If you are new to these Making Things Move book, you are really in for a pleasant surprise. Math, Physics,Trig, Pythagoran Theorum in Flash -- no problem, easy not like your college Physics course, no way. If you would like to do some of the cooler things with Flash look into this book. If effects or game ideas is what your looking for you can find them here. He gives you a mini start-up course on programming basics and then details how we do it now in AS 3.0. He is on top of all the varieties of AS 3.0 as well. He tells you how to use it with the new CS3 Flash IDE, Flex Builder 2.0 and the free Flex 2 SDK. If you are looking for info on Flex and how to use Flash with in the Flex format this is not the book for you. Keith is your personal mentor, he is really rooting for you. He will have you AS 3.0 or else. He knows you can do it and shows you how easy it really is. First you learn how to make classes, then there is a Trig lesson. It is very non-intimidating. Do yourself a favor and try it!! It is very empowering. Next he moves on to Rendering Techniques (using the drawing API) His philosopy about teaching is to give you class snippets and let you combine them into your own projects and games. Your goal being to see how many of these classes you can combine. Then he goes on to expain basic motion and incorporating such concepts as velocity, acceleration, friction and mving objects around. In this book it's all about the Greeks. He introduces the section on Easing and Springs with an explanation of Xeno's Paradox.(if you move something from point A to point B and move it one half way between the two then onehalf way between the mid point and B and one half way again and again - you will never reach your target.) Keith tells you which hit test to use with which shape, co-ordinate rotation around a point, and that age old Flash question: 'How do I bounce something off of an angled surface?' This is kind of top secret, you will have to read the book to find that out. But of course in true Keith Peters form he tells you it is not that hard. It isn't. It is just figuring out the answer initially that would be hard. Then moving on to bound checking with getBounds. He explains that this is like the bounding box that we use for the Flash 8 timeline. And of course, there is the section on billard ball physics. and mass momentum. This section is extremely well explained and really just fascinating. Each part of the book is fully supplied with downloadable code samples and formula explainations so simple a child could understand them. This book is really the secret weapon you need in your code arsenal. Next he delves into particle attraction and gravity, the slingshot effect, g forces. He throws out a few game ideas for you to explore along the way. On of the best things talked about in this book is in the forword by Arial Balkan. He describes how Keith Peters being a programmer/artist is building a bridge between the realms of programming and the visual arts and between those who use ActionScript in there work and those who don't. He says that the outmoded titles of designer and developer have lost their meaning as they do not really reflect what these people do. He essentially says

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