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New Masters of Flash (Book & CD-Rom edition)

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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: friends of ED Ltd; Bk&CD-Rom edition (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903450039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903450031
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 22.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,176,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Masters of Flash is a showcase, a tutorial and an inspiration. Divided into 19 chapters each devoted to the work of a single Flash designer, it is international in scope and encompasses work ranging from the strictly commercial to the purely experimental.

Each contributor begins by explaining their general approach to using Flash, from their personal design philosophy and motivations to how they achieve the realisation of a project from concept to reality. Then it's down to the practicalities--step-by-step explanation of how to complete an entire Flash project.

Todd Purgason, Creative Director at Juxt Interactive, demonstrates the tools and techniques he uses to create mood-setting audio loops for commercial projects. Luke Turner provides the secret ingredients to the text ripple effect that he has helped to perfect at The Void--and has been copied all over the Web. Fine art graduate, Andreas Odendaal, uses Flash 5's 3-D Action scripting to create an interactive 3-D interface. Irene Chan's intimate poetic pieces combine beautiful animated typography with dreamlike music to produce something of rare emotional impact.

And the results are stunning. From Olivier Besson's wildly animated Globz logo to Yuko Nakamura's interactively gooey Mona Lisa. The accompanying CD-ROM, itself a clever piece of Flash design, is packed with interviews, the book tutorials and the original Flash project files for you to disassemble.

Take a look at www.eneri.net, www.mondo.com, www.thevoid.co.uk and www.2advanced.com. When you see what's possible, you won't need to be persuaded to buy this book. --Ken McMahon


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sorry guys(authors)! i'm not questioning their flash ability because it is mind blowing, but i'm afraid they don't explain too well to a beginner how to develop their skills. each chapter is written by an individual - which is good cause they talk about their speciality (sound, animation, etc.). ufortunately over half of each chapter is filled with how each of them discovered Flash, how they started - boring guys. only the last few paragraphs of each chapter tells you how do their example... the book could be smaller - definetly not buying the upgrade.
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This is far and away the most inspiring Flash book to be published since Hillman Curtis' "Flash Web Design ". I started using Flash 3 a millennium ago it seems now and having struggled with the action scripting of Flash 4 - with very little documentation available - this book is a revelation and as such should be top of the list for anyone using Flash today . Just the inclusion of Yugo Nakamura was enough to make me open my wallet , but with the inclusion of the likes of Eric Jordan and Todd Purgason it becomes completely invaluable in any web designers arsenal . It is not the breakdown of scipts that make it a great tool it is the designers' completely individual thought processes revealed and put down on paper that is the most inciteful ; its almost as good as having a high speed link direct to their computational artistic soul ! Priceless !
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I have been using Flash for almost 2yrs so know my way around the programme fairly well.
I recently purchased "New Masters of Flash" and was looking forward very much to working through the tutorial and improving my Flash skills in relation to Flash 5.
I must confess I was a bit puzzled as to they managed to get such a "good" book released so close to the release of Flash 5, I now know how they did it.
While I must confess their are some very useful tips within the book, I am very dissapointed with it as a whole and feel like I have been conned out of £44 on my money.
Many of the tutorials in the book are very poorly written and somehow manage to make the simplest of issues confusing and frustrating to follow. Even by reading slower than I have ever done before I find I get lost and confused.
In addition to this, the scripting used in the book is awful and anyone trying to get a foot on the ladder of scripting in Flash 5 will be sorely missled by this book. It appears to me they have simply converted .fla's made in Flash 4 into Flash 5 with little or no consideration for the difference in scripting language. I am also absloutly gobsmacked that in this book you are also instructed to use the "Tell Target Command". Thus teaching readers how to script in Flash 4 using Flash 5. Could you not have delayed the release of this book and ironed out the creases before selling it at such a high price.
Although I feel bitter at parting with my money for this book, I feel more sorry for the people who are taking what this book has to say at face value, it realy is very missleading.
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the book is written by a lot of flash experts, each writting about the things they specialize or like, which is good. very good examples on the cd's with how to do them. the one i like was the 8 queens puzzle. but in every chapter half of it was filled by each author's history (how they discovered flash, what are they doing, etc - which is a bit boring) then only the last few pages of the chapter they talk about their example and explain it how they made. shame cause they could have done it better. i'm definetly not gone buy the annual book.
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It has all the great sites in it, and it explains a bit about the people behind them, and how they did (some) of their work.
If you're looking for a decent flash 5 reference, this is *NOT* it. This book will however show you what you can do with flash 5, and show you some of the movie structures required to achive them. It has a CD on it with a showcase including .fla files and interviews with the author. You can gain oodles of knowledge and feed of the experience of others with the explained actionscript structures and methods - this book goes someway to explained how the great sites pull it off so well. If you're competent with Flash 4/5 and looking for some technical advance, this book will help, likewise if you're looking for some inspiration - this book is it. If you want to learn flash, look elseware, then buy this book later....
All in all an impressive book and CD, with a very apt title.
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