Special Edition Using Macromedia Flash MX

Special Edition Using Macromedia Flash MX

by Michael Hurwicz, Laura McCabe
     
 

Special Edition Using Macromedia Flash MX provides readers with a comprehensive reference. It covers everyday basic skills quickly and concisely to allow more time to be spent detailing more advanced topics. It is organized by topic, rather than linearly, so that readers can jump in and learn only what they need to complete the task at hand. The authors have loaded

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Special Edition Using Macromedia Flash MX provides readers with a comprehensive reference. It covers everyday basic skills quickly and concisely to allow more time to be spent detailing more advanced topics. It is organized by topic, rather than linearly, so that readers can jump in and learn only what they need to complete the task at hand. The authors have loaded the book up with real-world tasks, tips, and techniques as well as answers to questions that they've been hearing for years as trainers. Topics covered include using the Library more effectively, ActionScript Debugging, and creating dynamic Flash applications. Coverage also includes:

  • Using 3D graphics
  • Importing and using bitmaps and video
  • Creating complex frame-by-frame animations
  • Adding and synchronizing sound to your Flash animations
  • Advanced Scripting and integration

  • Editorial Reviews

    The Barnes & Noble Review
    This may be the only Flash MX guide you’ll ever need, because it’s been so well designed to grow with you.

    Michael Hurwicz and Laura McCabe cover all the beginners’ bases in the first third of this book, including the revamped Flash MX interface, drawing, painting, bitmaps, and text. There’s a five-chapter course on Flash animation, from symbols and instances to audio, video, and pre-built interactive components.

    That leaves two thirds of the book for the skills you’ll be growing into. Hurwicz and McCabe begin with a comprehensive introduction to ActionScript, from the absolute basics -- starting with high-level guidance on creating reusable and readable code. They take you through triggering actions with the timeline and event handlers; programmatically controlling movie clips; and drawing with ActionScript.

    Next, you’ll learn the hows and whys of packaging data and functions using custom objects; using learning interactions (such as multiple choice and hot spots); sharing libraries and including external ActionScript code; debugging; and communicating with external data and programs, from servers to XML data files.

    You’ll need to know all this -- sooner than you think. With Special Edition Using Flash MX, you will -- sooner than you think. 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.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780789727626
    Publisher:
    Que
    Publication date:
    08/06/2002
    Series:
    Special Edition Using Series
    Pages:
    744
    Product dimensions:
    7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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    Meet the Author

    Michael Hurwicz is the Flash Guy at Late Night Design, located at the intersection of art, design, and technology. He has been writing about technical topics for the computer trade press since 1985. Michael is president of Irthlingz, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and entertainment. You can e-mail Michael at michael@hurwicz.com as well as visit his Web site at http://www.latenightdesign.com, http://www.hurwicz.com, and http://www.irthlingz.com.

    Laura McCabe is a freelance designer and developer currently living in Baltimore, Maryland. Her eclectic interests have led her through an undergraduate degree in psychology, graduate studies in art and design, and, ultimately, to Flash. In six years of Internet experience, she's honed her skills in design, development, information architecture, and Web production while working with clients such as AARP. Her Flash designs have been featured at the collaborative site Poems That Go, and her personal playground is http://www.stolenglance.com. In her spare time, she is a photographer, writer, trainer, editor, sporadic sea kayaker, and recovering book junkie.

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