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Flash CS5: The Missing Manual

Flash CS5: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Chris Grover
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Once you know how to use Flash, you can create everything from simple animations to high-end desktop applications, but it's a complex tool that can be difficult to master on your own-unless you have this Missing Manual. This book will help you learn all you need to know about Flash CS5 to create animations that bring your ideas to life.

  • Learn animation basics. Find everything you need to know to get started with Flash
  • Master the Flash tools. Learn the animation and effects toolset, with clear explanations and hands-on examples
  • Use 3D effects. Rotate and put objects in motion in three dimensions
  • Create lifelike motion. Use the IK Bones tool to simulate realistic body movements and other linked motions
  • Speed up development. Use templates, code snippets, and motion presets
  • Design applications. Get an intro to building full desktop applications with Flash and Adobe AIR
  • Create rich interactive animations. Dive into advanced interactivity with easy-to-learn ActionScript examples

About the Author

Christopher Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He's also the author of Word 2007: The Missing Manual and Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14829 KB
  • Print Length: 778 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (19 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M56OG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #840,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant 8 Jun 2012
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Would definitely recommend to anyone who has never used Flash CS5 before (and some that have). It's even quite humorous. I'm a huge fan of 'The Missing Manual' range and will continue to be as long as they continue to release such good informative books like this one. It is also a good reference book. I continue to use this book even though my educational purposes (mature student) have finished for this year. This book also helps me at work too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 5 April 2012
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For those of you who are interested in learning Flash, this is a great book to buy.
I have to say it's quite heavy going but if you find the time worth the read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done manual for a Flash newbee 27 July 2011
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I am new to Flash and had to master it's animation techniques for a website production in a very short amount of time. This is one of five manuals I purchased to try and boot camp myself into at least a proficiency in Flash. I found this book to be the clearest, most easily understood text out of the five. I worked through the book from start to finish and also completed the "Missing Manual CD" downloads that came with the book. The author is careful to describe fully the procedures he wants the student to follow and creates an environment where the student can examine and appreciate the power and options that are inherent in Flash. The exercises took me from very basic to advanced techniques, and I appreciated the author's humorous tone which kept the material interesting.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book ,lots of detail 27 Mar 2011
By calliegirl - Published on
This is a great book for beginners. It touches on everything and even has a short intro to Adobe Air. It goes into detail explaining things, where a lot of other books just tell you to do what they say without a reason as to why you are doing it. Others have complained about the lack of color pictures, but I'd rather have a quality black & white book over a colorful one with little substance.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Complete for the Conventional Flash Features 9 Jun 2010
By Brett Merkey - Published on
Adobe products, all that I have encountered, set some sort of standard for abysmal documentation. In fact, a whole industry has arisen to instruct people in the basics of such software as Photoshop and Flash. Since people have complained about this for years, it is clear that adequate online and printed manuals are not a corporate priority for Adobe.

It is good that we have books such as this one from O'Reilly to ease the burden of learning the basics and finding out how to take advantage of new version features for those who have mastered the basics. I think most people reading this short review know what Flash is all about so I won't belabor the point by enumerating all the topics in these 700+ pages. The author has integrated images well into the flow of the text--although I think sometimes not having color takes a bit of life out of the action.

The content homes in on the skills and features related to the most implemented aspects of the software, such as timeline animation. This is the book's real value. The one negative, a small one, is that the book barely touches on the new trend we see with Flash: the construction of complete commercial applications with this technology. Even so, the last chapter (21) "Introducing Adobe AIR", is a very good introduction to this new trend.

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Overview Of Flash But NO COLOR?!? 18 Jun 2010
By Dan McKinnon - Published on
'Flash CS5: The Missing Manual' is another solid entry in the missing manual line of books but the decision to not have color within was a terrible one by the publishers. The thing that separates Flash from everything else lives in its name: FLASH. The thing that makes this technology great is the sex appeal and whiz bang that jumps out at you. To publish a book like this in black and white is a death blow in my opinion. The writing is great, the content is solid, but this isn't a C# or Java book folks. IT NEEDS COLOR!!

McKinnon Overview

01. Basics
02. Simple Drawings
03. Animation!
04. Frames & Layers
05. Advanced Drawing & Coloring
06. Working With Text
07. Symbols & Templates
08. Motion Editor Magic
09. Animation With IK Bones
10. Non-Flash Media Files
11. Sound & Video
12. ActionScript 3
13. Events
14. Display List
15. Timeline & Animation Control
16. Interactivity
17. Using And Animating Text
18. Drawing With ActionScript
19. Testing
20. Publishing
21. Adobe AIR

Folks this is a great book but I just can't give it *****. If you care about content only, you will be pleased, but if this book was being examined by a reader, they are likely going to pass by this one for the FLASHy book that jumps out more.

It's just simple marketing.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to create rich, interactive animations with a fine survey of Flash's strengths! 14 Aug 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Chris Grover's FLASH CS5: THE MISSING MANUAL provides a powerful survey of using Flash in web design, covering animation basics, Flash tools, using templates and pieces of code, and more. Learn how to create rich, interactive animations with a fine survey of Flash's strengths!
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