Macromedia Flash 8: Training from the Source
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Macromedia Flash 8: Training from the Source

by James English
     
 
What began life as a simple Web animation tool has evolved into a powerful platform for Web application development—which means that if you’re serious about developing for the Web, you need to get serious about learning Flash. With its breakthrough motion-graphics capabilities and powerful run-time effects, Flash 8 provides the tools, authoring power, and

Overview

What began life as a simple Web animation tool has evolved into a powerful platform for Web application development—which means that if you’re serious about developing for the Web, you need to get serious about learning Flash. With its breakthrough motion-graphics capabilities and powerful run-time effects, Flash 8 provides the tools, authoring power, and rich video capabilities you need to provide stunning interactive content. This Macromedia-certified guide provides the key to learning the basics of Flash 8. Through a series of hands-on projects, master trainer James English provides a firm foundation in everything Flash—from graphics, animation, and video to ActionScript fundamentals. Simple step-by-step instructions and tons of screenshots guide you through the process of creating buttons and links, drawing and animating in Flash, formatting text, adding video and sound, loading data, and more—in short, everything you need to develop sophisticated, professional-looking Web sites. A companion CD includes the lesson files needed to complete the book’s projects as well as a trial version of the program itself.

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One month from today, you can be comfortable building substantial real-world Flash applications. Just walk through the 11 hands-on project lessons in Macromedia Flash 8: Training from the Source: That’s all it takes.

Officially approved by Macromedia, this tutorial is written by one of the world’s leading Flash trainers. As director of the Learning Center at New York City’s Motion over Time, James English has trained hordes of Flash newcomers. This book’s friendly tone and well-organized content reflect that experience.

He focuses on Flash 8’s core features, those you’ll find in Macromedia’s lower-cost Flash 8 Basic. (Of course, everything applies to Flash 8 Professional, too.) You’ll tour the Flash interface, then explore your project: building an interactive bookstore. You’ll create graphics and text; then learn how to use symbols to structure your Flash documents, minimize file size, and add interactivity. English introduces each symbol type, especially movie clips -- miniature Flash applications with their own timelines (great for looping). You’ll even learn how to nest symbols to create more complex effects.

Next up: Flash animation. You’ll coax Flash into doing much of the work for you, use pre-built effects to get done more quickly, and master meat-and-potatoes techniques like motion and shape tweening.

Your Flash bookstore is taking shape: now add simple interactivity with Behaviors; include lightweight sound and video; and build a form using Flash components. Get a taste of ActionScript: Use it to load and send data and animate menus. Finally, discover how to load, optimize, and publish your work.

Not quite ready to buy Flash 8? The CD-ROM contains a 30-day trial version: more than enough time to absorb this book’s lessons and start putting them to work. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321336293
Publisher:
Macromedia Press
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Series:
Training from the Source Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.85(d)

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Meet the Author

James H. English is the Director of the Learning Center at Motion Over Time in New York City, where he trains people to use Flash, Dreamweaver and pretty much anything Macromedia. He also occasionally consults on development projects for clients past and present. James is also the author of Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Certified Designer Study Guide, from Macromedia Press.

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