Synopses & Reviews
With the introduction of Flash MX, the folks at Macromedia have transformed a pretty cool designer's tool for Web-based interaction into a full-fledged, professional-level application for developing sophisticated online content. Serious tools, however, typically require some serious instruction-and Flash MX is no exception. Luckily for you, there's Macromedia Flash: Training from the Source.
Using hands-on, project-based tutorials that you can tackle at your own pace, this invaluable reference provides the instruction you need to start designing professional-looking Web sites. Veteran author and Flash master Chrissy Rey takes you step-by-step through the development of a complex Flash project, grounding you in the basics before moving on to more complex topics like ActionScripting and the use of video. In the process, she covers both the old and the new, including the revamped user interface, the text and graphic tools that make their debut in MX, and the brand-new Properties inspector. With Flash MX on your computer and Macromedia Flash: Training from the Source at your side, you're ready to take on the world of interactive online content.
If youre ready to begin integrating video, text, audio, and graphics into dynamic, interactive Web sites using Macromedias Flash MX 2004, this is the place to start. As the official Macromedia guide to its motion-graphics and animation powerhouse, this volume uses a series of hands-on projects to provide a firm foundation in every aspect of Flash MX 2004 use: from graphics, animation, video, and text to ActionScript fundamentals and dynamic data integration. Simple step-by-step instructions peppered with plenty of visuals and a CD that includes lesson files and a trial version of Flash MX 2004 leave you with a solid understanding of basic Flash development and design. In the process youll learn about all thats new in Flash MX 2004from its redesigned interface to its improved scripting language, better text tools, native support for PDF and EPS formats, first-ever third-party extensions, and more. Youll even learn how to build movies that integrate with dynamic data, stream video, and include forms that ask for user input.
About the Author
Chrissy Rey is the founder and Webmaster of FlashLite (www.flashlite.net). She is Vice President of Education at digitalorganism (www.digitalorganism.com) in Baltimore, MD, where she teaches and uses Flash, Generator and Dreamweaver. Chrissy has also been a contributing author and technical editor for several books about Flash including the previous edition of this book, Macromedia Flash 5: Training from the Source.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1. Learning Flash Basics.
Lesson 2. Adding Graphics and Text.
Lesson 3. Using Symbols and the Library.
Lesson 4. Creating Animation.
Lesson 5. Adding Basic Interactivity.
Lesson 6. Using Sound and Video.
Lesson 7. Programming with ActionScript.
Lesson 8. Using Components.
Lesson 9. Creating Dynamic Content.
Lesson 10. Creating Printable Movies.
Lesson 11. Optimizing Flash Content.
Lesson 12. Publishing a Flash Web Site.
Appendix A. Windows Shortcuts.
Appendix B. Macintosh Shortcuts.
Appendix C. Additional Resources.
Appendix D. ActionScript Quick Reference.