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Flash is one of the most engaging and innovative, and versatile technologies available—allowing the creation of pretty much anything from simple slideshows, animated banners and icons and cartoons, to rich Internet applications, Interactive videos, and dynamic user interfaces for web sites, kiosks, or DVDs. The possibilities are endless, except that now, it just got better.
In 2007, Adobe released Flash CS3, boasting a whole host of new features, including fully customizable workspace, full ActionScript 3.0 support, a PSD importer, a tween-to-code animation converter, and much more.
This book is all you'll need to learn Flash CS3 from the ground up, or learn about all these new features, if you already have previous Flash experience. Flash experts Tom Green and David Stiller take you step-by-step through all facets of Flash CS3, with the emphasis firmly on good design techniques that you use in your own projects.
You can discover more about this book, download source code, and even view video tutorials at the book's companion site: FoundationFlashCS3.com.
This book is for both beginners who want a solid grounding in Flash CS3, and designers with previous Flash experience, who want to get up to speed with the new features.
Posted January 22, 2008
Foundation Flash CS3 is written from the perspective of two dedicated developers who want to keep interested themselves, which helps them hit just the right audience. They pepper in the right balance of instruction and aside comments ¿ tossing in a very healthy helping of code samples for you to write and test on the fly 'which I greatly appreciated'. Being experienced with Flash ¿ my goal was to reacquaint from the ground up, to make sure I didn¿t miss any of the new features. What I got out of it was exactly that. Yet throughout my reading/testing I kept wondering how a beginner might take in all of its insights. I¿d rightly guess that there would be a low ¿glaze over¿ factor¿with paced reading, and going through the samples 'and re-going though if need be' ¿ someone new to flash would springboard into understanding! Who is this book not for? Well, it is definitely light on the fundamental shift in understanding between AS2 code and AS3. For developers whose true goal is learning AS3 specifically, you will want to seek out something else. At the same time this book understands its spot. It¿s called Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers, after all :p Yet¿and this is a big positive yet¿because of all the ActionScript samples it is a great practice ground to acquaint yourself with the newer syntax. In short- not heavy on the theory, but a good deal of practice. As a developer making the leap to AS3, I enjoyed it for that aspect¿especially when the practical exercises are fun to read complete with pop-web-culture references including pixyland.org, the Tron Guy, and more! Further comments? Well, it¿s long¿550 pages of book keyed to one version of Flash 'CS3', so for the amount of time it takes to go through, well you hope that CS4 doesn¿t make things fully obsolete. But who ever didn¿t buy a book because it was too long! Even for those pressed for time, it¿s something you can pick up and use as a reference, or glean from the chapters you find relevant. In example, the timeline interface hasn¿t chanced oh-so-much, so I was able to blaze through the Animation chapter, however I found a particular interest and education to the Audio chapter 'color me noob was my first time working with a SoundChannel object. You make a full MP3 player interface on page 224!'. It¿s lighter on the theory ¿ heavy on getting a full understanding and usage out of the Adobe Flash API 'even a full section on mobile development process' and is creative enough to perhaps suggest a new idea or two in how a developer might use Flash differently.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.