Flash 5!: Creative Web Animation

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Macromedia Press, 2001 - Computers - 540 pages
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Developers use Macromedia Flash to create high-impact, sophisticated Web sites that deliver motion, sound, interactivity and graphics. Not only is Flash-playback compatibility bundled with most Web browsers, it's now on or coming to WebTV, Excite @Home, PocketPC, and Palm products. Serious Web developers now consider Flash as part of their arsenal of essential Web-creation tools. Flash X! Creative Web Animation thoroughly covers all the major aspects of Flash, including vector-based drawing, authoring, and animation sequencing. New features of Flash X are covered throughout the book, including Flash's improved menu system and added widgets, which make it easier to add functions such as tabs, links, and pop-up boxes to Web pages. Backed up by the rich content on the CD, which contains video tutorials, source files, and a trial version of Flash X, these professional Web designers take the beginning to intermediate user of Flash on a training tour of Web animation.

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Contents

Getting Started
11
Graphics
47
Text
101
Bitmaps
147
Symbols
167
Working with Elements on the Stage
191
Understanding Layers
216
Identifying Graphical Elements on Different Layers
224
Expressions
342
Functions
352
Working with Multiple Timelines
358
Objects
383
Smart Clips
397
Interactive Tutorials
405
Using Movie Explorer
425
Testing
439

Layer Properties
232
Basic Actions for Building Interactivity
277
Building Advanced Interactivity
317
Variables
323
Operators
334
Publishing Your Work
457
Appendix A On the CD
507
Resource Sites
517
Index
525
Copyright

About the author (2001)

Derek Franklin is chief development officer of Crazy Raven Productions, and as such is required to thoroughly understand current technologies to push them to the limit. Derek discovered the Web, his niche, in 1995 and never looked back. When not working or sleeping in front of the computer, he enjoys playing music, reading, and dreaming about Tahiti.

Brooks Patton is the president and CEO of Crazy Raven Productions Inc., a leading multimedia and Web development firm with offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Indianapolis, and Dallas. With more than a decade of experience in network engineering, Brooks founded Crazy Raven Productions four years ago to focus on Web technologies and multimedia. On the rare occassions that Brooks is allowed out of his office, he enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, and being somewhere warm.

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