This full color edition gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with Flash CS4, discover all the possibilities, and become familiar with the new tools. You?ll be able to create dynamic content, adapt the program?s features to suit your development needs, publish your Flash files to the Web, and showcase your creativity and newly acquired skills. You?ll discover how to create graphics, text, and layers, make animations, add sound and video, and optimize your files for download. Find out how to: Draw and edit images, create effects, and use layers Building layers, manipulate objects, and add buttons Animate figures and add interactive features Understand the basics of colors, frame rates, and graphics Incorporate video and sound files Publish your files to the Web
Complete with lists of ten frequently asked questions about Flash, ten best resources for Flash, and samples of work from ten fabulous Flash designers, Adobe Flash CS4For Dummies is your one-stop guide designing dynamic and interactive content.
This book makes a nice companion, but by no means serves as a solo learning guide/tutorial.
Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Digital Classroom (Yes, DIGITAL CLASSROOM,,. not the classroom in a book version)
I paid $50 + tax at Barnes & Noble for that book. Then I bought Flash CS4 for Dummies for $30.
I read digital classroom first, and went through every video tutorial on the companion DVD. There were, if I recall correctly, 2 videos that had missing work files, but it wasn't a big deal. That book was EXCELLENT,,. but it did leave me hanging in a few spots where I'd wonder HOW something would work, and WHY it would work,, instead of just how to make it do what I wanted. That's where Flash CS4 for Dummies became useful to me. It goes into a little more detail into the how/why, rather than `it just works`.
That being said, I definitely don't think it could stand on its own,,. it's not hands-on enough to be a beginners guide/tutorial,, but it does make a great reference I would say,, which may have been what they were targeting in the first place, I'm not sure.
The actionscript 3.0 section in the book though, leaves much to be desired.
Anyway,, buy it or not, it won't be the end of the world either way. But I DO highly recommend Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Digital Classroom,,. it's fantastic.
As a complete neophyte to the Flash world, I hoped this would be an easy introduction. Well, it does offer an overview, and it is basic, with easy language. But learning is most efficient when hands-on and step by step. So, after a few days of overview, I'm still looking for a text to offer a classroom/tutorial approach. This text will soon hit the recycle bin, as it doesn't offer enough detail to justify keeping it as a reference. Unfortunately, it also doesn't offer enough of an intro to be very useful as a beginner text. Still looking.