Doug Sahlin Flash(tm) 5 Virtual Classroom

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Flash(tm) 5 Virtual Classroom

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9780072131154: Flash(tm) 5 Virtual Classroom

Flash is a vector-based Web design programme from Macromedia that delivers beautiful animations, music tracks, sound effects and state-of-the-art interface design without requiring a lot of bandwidth. More than 90% of current Web browsers are delivered with Flash plug-ins pre-installed. The Flash Player is also available as a free download. Flash is the standard for Web animations and multimedia effects and the market for Flash-proficient designers will only continue to grow. Despite Macromedia's claims, Flash is not an especially easy programme to master. FlashX is expected to feature significant upgrades and differences from the current version 4. "Flash 5 Virtual Classroom" is aimed at beginning to intermediate users. The CD-ROM included with the book features a dozen short, hands-on demonstrations of specific Flash techniques. Running under Real-Player, which is also included on the CD, the lessons combine streaming video and audio of the author with animated screen shots, active Flash demonstrations, slides and graphics in a complete multimedia experience.

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When I began to create interactive content for Web sites, I was armed with a creative mind, Flash 3, and the user's manual. As I began to explore Flash in depth, I became excited by the tools the program provided to create compelling content for the Web, but frustrated by the steep learning curve I faced. When I reached a stumbling block, the user's manual pointed me in the right direction but nothing more. What I needed was a Flash guru by my side, guiding me down the path of least resistance.

As I wrote Flash 5 Virtual Classroom, my goal was to provide a path of least resistance for both newcomers and experienced Flash users. Throughout the book I show readers the easiest way to harness the power of the Flash drawing tools, the Timeline, layers, and ActionScript to create interactive Flash movies. The book is peppered with step-by-step tutorials where readers learn to create shape tween, motion tween, and frame-by-frame animations and use the other features of Flash to create impressive animated movies for their Web sites. The book covers the most popular features of Flash 5 and together with the Virtual Classroom CD ROM provides a well-rounded learning experience for both beginning and experienced users of Flash.

The Flash 5 Virtual Classroom CD ROM comes with over an hour of on-screen video lessons. To begin learning Flash, viewers simply need to pop the CD ROM into their computer's CD tray and select a lesson. Each lesson is presented in split screen format. In one screen I'll be narrating the lesson that takes place in the other screen. The first lesson will quickly get all users up to speed with the new Flash 5 interface. In subsequent lessons, I dovetail several important Flash concepts together, showing viewers how to create a finished real world project that can be added to their Flash repertoire. I enjoyed writing the book and filming the Virtual Classroom lessons. I hope all readers enjoy the book and the Virtual Classroom lessons.

Doug Sahlin

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Learn from an instructor-led, classroom experience - at home!

The Virtual Classroom is a revolutionary new way to learn Flash-the Web's most popular animation program. The book's casual, non-technical writing style and easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach combine to teach you all the Flash essentials. Pop in the CD-ROM, and follow along as your own on-screen guru explains and demonstrates the techniques discussed in the text. With Flash 5 Virtual Classroom, you get the best of both worlds-solid hands-on lessons combined with the invaluable experience of watching and listening to an instructor. Work at your own speed and replay Virtual Classroom tutorials as often as needed to deepen your understanding of Flash's state-of-the-art tools.

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • Enliven Web sites by creating an infinite variety of moving images and graphic objects
  • Produce awesome animation using frame-by-frame techniques, tweening, motion paths, onion skins, and much more
  • Enhance your Web pages with state-of-the-art special effects including sound, loops, multi-state rollover buttons, and more
  • Import and manipulate non-flash graphics, including vector and bitmap images
  • Simplify your design process by organizing a layer hierarchy, then editing individual layers
  • Morph, tween, or combine motion techniques to transform any shape or object in visually new and exciting ways
  • Economize bandwidth and make your Flash animations stream smoothly at all Internet connection speeds

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