Macromedia Flash MX for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

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Long the industry standard for creating high-impact interactive Web sites, Macromedia Flash has just gotten a whole lot better—faster, easier, even more powerful—with the release of Flash MX. Whether you're a Flash pro looking to get up to speed quickly on this latest release or a novice eager to tap the power of MX for the first time, the task-based visual approach of this Visual QuickStart Guide is just what you need to make the most out of Flash MX.

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Overview

Long the industry standard for creating high-impact interactive Web sites, Macromedia Flash has just gotten a whole lot better—faster, easier, even more powerful—with the release of Flash MX. Whether you're a Flash pro looking to get up to speed quickly on this latest release or a novice eager to tap the power of MX for the first time, the task-based visual approach of this Visual QuickStart Guide is just what you need to make the most out of Flash MX.

In this volume, veteran journalist and author Katherine Ulrich covers it all—from the basics of vector animation to sophisticated interaction and transition effects—in the clear, concise prose readers have come to expect from this popular series. Beginners will want to devour the volume from cover to cover, while more experienced Flash users will be able to easily find just what they need, including complete coverage of all of the program's new features: a revamped interface, enhanced integration with Macromedia ColdFusion, dual authoring modes for designers and developers, and more. Loaded with tips and visual aids to reinforce the text, Macromedia Flash MX for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide will be your constant companion as you use Flash MX to take your Web pages to the next level.

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Macromedia Flash MX is a huge upgrade, designed to simplify and streamline the creation of any Flash project -- including projects that would’ve been too big or complex for Flash before. Whether you’re upgrading or working with Flash for the first time, this book delivers the most solutions in the fewest words.

Katherine Ulrich begins by getting you comfortable with yet another new Flash interface (including the context-sensitive Property Inspector, which streamlines Flash’s panel set; and significant improvements to the Timeline). Next, she offers concise, step-by-step coverage of every aspect of Flash movie production: creating graphics; using audio and video; animation (with and without tweening), and interactivity. Ulrich gets into some surprisingly complex interactivity techniques in this edition, notably nested timelines and invisible variables.

Among the many new features Ulrich introduces: templates that help you quickly build ads, presentations, slide shows, and quizzes, and capture your own original work for easy reuse; built-in user interface elements that go way beyond Flash 5’s SmartClips; support for embedded video clips; and much more. It’s all explained simply -- with hundreds of screen shots and the trademarked QuickStart clean design. This book’s a bestseller because it deserves to be. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201794816
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2002
  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Ulrich is a writer and editor specializing in graphics, publishing, and multimedia software. Her career includes a 12-year stint at Macworld magazine, where, as a developmental editor, Katherine helped to develop and direct Macworld's how-to sections. She is the author of all previous editions of this book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 The Flash Authoring Tool 1
Ch. 2 Creating Simple Graphics 41
Ch. 3 Modifying Simple Graphics 85
Ch. 4 Complex Graphics on a Single Layer 171
Ch. 5 Graphics on Multiple Layers 199
Ch. 6 Saving and Reusing Graphic Elements 233
Ch. 7 Using Non-Flash Graphics 273
Ch. 8 Frame-by-Frame Animations 291
Ch. 9 Animation with Motion Tweening 331
Ch. 10 Animation with Shape Tweening 359
Ch. 11 More-Complex Animation Tasks 375
Ch. 12 Interactivity with Simple Frame Actions 409
Ch. 13 Interactivity with Objects 437
Ch. 14 Adding Sound and Video 475
Ch. 15 Introducing Complex Interactivity 511
Ch. 16 Delivering Movies to Your Audience 555
App. A: Keyboard Shortcuts 593
Index 599
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Very Easy For Eyes

    This book was referred to me by my professor. It is very good. They use a lot of pictures (doh!) for those who hate reading instructions like myself. I could learn Flash by just glancing at the pics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Great book!!

    I picked this up, becasue our school has only flash 5, i played with it to add to the schools website, anyway , they had some visual quickstart books,so i seen this and picked it up, great for the money, great book for those strating out in Flash MX. I highly recommned this

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