You’ve heard it before: “So-and-so really brings the topic to life...it’s like having him right behind you, guiding you through every step.” Well, in Macromedia Flash MX Virtual Classroom, that’s almost literally true. Doug Sahlin complements his excellent Flash MX guidebook with more than an hour of digital movie clips on CD-ROM -- so you can actually watch him perform tasks that might otherwise be befuddling, as he explains what he’s doing, and why.
Sahlin goes further, faster, than many “intro-level” Flash books. You don’t just learn how to create and modify graphic objects; pretty soon you’re building complex graphics using intersecting lines, overlapping shapes, and layers. You don’t just create frame-by-frame animations; you dive into tweening and motion paths. There’s a full chapter on audio, including coverage of synchronization and trade-offs between size and quality. And while this isn’t a book on ActionScript, Sahlin introduces some fairly sophisticated techniques here, too.
The video clips focus on complex tasks such as creating preloaders, drag-and-drop objects and “on-while-pressed” buttons; loading movies into target windows; and building sound controllers. If you want to learn Flash using your eyes, your ears, and your brain, check this one out. (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.