Just getting started with Flash? Not quite a rank beginner, but you’re no expert? Read Macromedia Flash 8 For Dummies. This book gives you the mainstream Flash 8 skills you need to do cool stuff, and do it now.
If you’re looking for Ph.D.-level Flash techniques, look somewhere else. But you’re in the right place if you want to learn how to create efficient, good-looking Flash graphics (or import existing images). You’re in the right place if you want to get really comfortable with core features like layers and the Timeline.
You’re in the right place if you want to manage your Flash files better and minimize their download times: for example, by using reusable symbols. Or if you’d like to add some basic interactivity to your Flash content, using buttons, checkboxes, and actions -- but you’re in no mood to spend months mastering programming languages. Or if you’re ready to get started with animation using keyframes and tweening. Or if you’d like to embed audio and short video clips in your movies.
Last but not least, you’re in the right place if you want to understand how to pull all these features together to actually deliver a quality Flash movie -- and get it noticed. You’ll learn how to use preloaders; make Flash content discoverable by search engines; give users easy navigation; make movies printable; make them accessible to disabled people -- and, finally, how to test and publish your work. Bottom line: If you were ever intimidated by Flash, that’ll never happen to you again. Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only