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Flash ActionScript for Designers: Drag Slide Fade

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A visual approach to explaining and exploring the power of ActionScript for those who design with it. Organized according to differing creative areas, each basic type of project is deconstructed, with components broken down and ActionScript code explained; variations are then suggested. Four-color, with lots of visuals and annotated code.

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Presents ten practical techniques for adding ActionScript code to enhance Flash web design projects. The author explains how to drag and drop movie clips, create sliding panels for navigation, control sound, capture user input, add typographic effects, and read XML files as a source for buttons and menus.
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Synopsis:

A visual approach to explaining and exploring the power of ActionScript for those who design with it. Organized according to differing creative areas, each basic type of project is deconstructed, with components broken down and ActionScript code explained; variations are then suggested. Four-color, with lots of visuals and annotated code.

About the Author

Brendan Dawes is Creative Director for magneticNorth, an interactive agency based in Manchester in the U.K. Since 1996, he's worked on interactive solutions for clients such as Disney, Coca-Cola, Golden Winder, Fox Kids, Volvic, Kellogg's, Benetton, and McCann Healthcare.

Before 1996, Brendan did a variety of jobs, including working as a freelance photographer for U.K. national newspapers and working in the electronics industry. He also dabbled in the music industry for a short time, landing a record contract with indie dance label "3 Beat Music" in Liverpool.

As well as commercial work, Brendan also has personal projects, including the highly acclaimed Saul Bass web site at saulbass.net, and its quirky offshoot, Psycho Studio, an application built entirely in Flash that allows you to edit your own version of the shower scene from the movie Psycho! Over the years Brendan's work has been featured in many industry publications and books and received various awards, including three Shockwave Sites of the Day, a nomination in the New York Flash Film Festival, and Webby awards. He also writes Dreamweaver extensions and wrote the official QuickTime extension in conjunction with Apple and Macromedia. Brendan is also a regular speaker at industry conferences around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Hillman Curtis.

1. Release.

Taking the Mystery Out of Coding. Movie Clips (Objects). Movie Clip Timelines. Variables. Variables Inside Movie Clips. Making Decisions. Conclusion.

2. Drag.

Basic Drag 'n' Drop Setup. Detecting Where the Clip Is Dropped. Getting the Color of a Movie Clip. Streamlining the Code. Draggable Masks. Conclusion.

3. Slide

Creating Sliding Panels for Navigation and Transition Effects. Other Uses of the Slide Algorithm. Multiple Mouse Slide. Coding the Multiple Movement Algorithm. Using Functions to Make Efficient Code. Passing Parameters to Functions. Duplicating the Movie Clip On-the-Fly. Adding Scale to the Effect. The Sliding Mask Transition Effect. Creating the Function for X and Y Movement. Adding to the Transition Effect. Conclusion.

4. Fade.

Using ActionScript to Create Intelligent Reactive Fades. Normal Fade Versus Programmed Fade. Work Smarter. Versatility of Smart Clips. Taking Usability Through the Roof. Conclusion.

5. Listen.

Controlling the Volume. Setting the Slider Start Position. Controlling Individual Sounds. Stopping and Starting All Sounds. Creating a Reverb/Echo Effect. Simple Delay Effect. Conclusion.

6. Capture.

Capturing User Input. Detecting Key Presses. Detecting Other Keys. Detecting Any Key Press. Creating a Keycode-Finding Script. Using an Array. Adding Numbers to the Array. Searching the Array. Capturing Mouse Coordinates. Local Versus Global Coordinates. Calculating the Mouse Distance. Recording and Playing Back Movement. Resetting the Animation. Conclusion.

7. Build.

Techniques for Building Flash Composite Movies. Masking External Flash Movies. Loading External SWFs. Revealing the SWF. Loading In the Clips. Creating the External SWF. Controlling the Slideshow. Controlling the Reveal. Preloading the External SWF. Testing the Slideshow. Color Tweening Across Levels. Creating the Navigation Movie for Level 2. Setting the Color. Conclusion.

8. Type.

Dynamic Typography. Basic Technique. Text Fields-Gotta Love 'Em! Creating the Movie Clip. Attaching the Movie Clip. Pick, Build, Reveal Effect. The String Construction Function. Building the Text Movie Clip. Creating the Trigger Loop. Altering the Effect. The Dynamic Typographic Engine. Kerning. Creating the Type Template. Creating the Main Function. What It Means-Line By Line. Distressing the Text. Removing Old Movie Clips. Sorting the Kerning. Conclusion.

9. Choose.

Dynamic Buttons and Menus. saulbass.net. Using XML Files. Loading an XML document. Setting the X and Y Positions. Initializing Variables. Testing the Movie. Dynamically Creating Pages. Truly Versatile Scripting. Conclusion.

10. Calculate.

Designing with Some Sums. Pseudo Perspective. Adjusting the Scaling. Adding Alpha Changes. Accounting for the Z Index. Dynamic Lines. The SpringBox Rollover. Calculating a Line. Improving the Effect. Adding a Bounce! Conclusion.

Appendix: About the Web Site.

Source Files. Resources. Additional Downloads. Feedback.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780735710474
Author:
Dawes, Brendan
Publisher:
New Riders Publishing
Location:
Indianapolis, Ind.
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Computer Graphics - General
Subject:
Design
Subject:
Internet - Web Site Design
Subject:
Web sites
Subject:
Programming Languages - CGI, Javascript, Perl, VBScript
Subject:
Computer animation
Subject:
Flash
Subject:
ActionScript
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
Computer graphics
Subject:
Web - Page Design
Subject:
Programming Languages - JavaScript
Subject:
Web sites -- Design.
Subject:
Graphics-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Voices That Matter
Series Volume:
107-198
Publication Date:
October 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
10.1 x 8 x 0.7 in 830 gr

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computer Languages » Javascript
Computers and Internet » Graphics » General
Computers and Internet » Internet » General
Computers and Internet » Internet » Information
Computers and Internet » Internet » Web Applications

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