- 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 (Book & CD-Rom edition)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a book for your software library . . . . this book is for display. It is without a doubt the best looking software manual you ever buy. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2002
I have bought Foundation Flash 5, Foundation Actionscript and New Masters of Flash.
I have waded through Foundation Flash 5 and New Masters of Flash and am currently working... Read more
This is not just another flash 5 book. This book will inspire designers to dig deeper into the world of Flash 5 and all of its possibilities. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2001
If you like a book that you can read as well as learn the package flash, this one is for you. As said above its *NOT* a reference manual, but I don't think it was ever aimed to... Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2000 by George
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