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Flash 5 For Dummies Paperback – 1 Dec 2000

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (1 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764507362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764507366
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,390,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Find out how to make your Web page come alive with this friendly guide

Tried–and–true tip to make your Web site stand out

Your first aid kit for adding animation, sound, and interactivity to your Web site
This friendly guide will help you create Web sites that wow′em — in a flash! Pump life into your Web page with step–by–step guidance on creating cool buttons, animation text, adding music, and more. You′ll find out how easy it is to develop fast–loading, user–friendly sites.

Discover how to:

  • Animate your Web pages
  • Create cool web buttons
  • Create or import graphics
  • Make text spin, disappear, and more
  • Design your entire Web site using Flash
  • Optimize your animations for quick loading
all this on the bonus CD–ROM
  • Trial versions of Flash 5, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks from Macromedia
  • Tryout version of Adobe Photoshop 5.5
  • Plus, author created graphic shapes, design, and images to incorporate into your own Flash movies

About the Author

Gurdy Leete is an assistant professor of Digital Media at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.

Ellen Finkelstein has written bestselling computer books on AutoCAD and PowerPoint.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
Yes the dummies of the world will love this book and all the tips it gives you, the simplicity put into the complex program is outstanding. As most say the more familiar of us will be dissapointed to the lack of instructions aimed for know-it-alls but they can use it to just look up a very vauge topic but the series is pointed to an audience who are to say less familiar with the program. If you are a beginner "GET IT" I scream as you will probably get lost in it when you load it up looking smug but then to realise that it is a completely different world to what you expected.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
One Happy Dummy 29 Jan. 2001
By Polly Wickstrom - Published on
Format: Paperback
In learning any new skill, having the right teacher makes all the difference. As a newbie to Flash, Macromedia's cutting edge technological tool for web developers, I was thrilled to discover Flash 5 For Dummies, a truly delightful teaching tool.
Unlike many other books on the subject, authors Gurdy Leete and Ellen Finkelstein adopt a tone that is friendly, humorous, and easy-to-understand without being condescending. For each new skill that is presented, they provide clear, step-by-step instructions. By the time I had finished Chapter 10 of the book (Getting Interactive), I was able to create my very first Flash movie which is displayed on my website at [...]
Though the book seems most appropriate for the Flash beginner, many advanced skills, such as creating motion guides, mask layers, and applying actions to movie clips and buttons, are covered. If you work your way through the entire book, you will be well-equipped to create Flash movies for personal or commercial use.
Not only does this book provide you with top-notch instruction for learning Flash, but you won't have to pay an arm and a leg for it. At $19.99, the price of the book is about half the price of many other books on the same subject.
The accompanying CD contains many wonderful examples of Flash movies illustrating concepts presented in each chapter of the book. In addition to the sample movies, the accompanying CD contains a library of geometric and fun shapes that you can use in the creation of your own movies. Don't have Flash 5 yet? The CD contains a trial version of the program along with trial versions of Dreamweaver and Fireworks (also from Macromedia) as well as a tryout version of Adobe Photoshop 5.5.
I strongly recommend this book as a first read for anyone starting out in learning Flash. Buy the book. Then you, too, can be one happy dummy. : )
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 12 Dec. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had briefly touched Flash 5.0 before I started this book, and by the end of the first chapter I was making things move across the page and playing with different options. This is an excellent book for anyone that wants to learn Flash, and I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Guide- warning inside 21 May 2002
By IM J. Callahan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Before you venture out into the world of Flash 5 learning let me give you a few words of advice. Firstly, about the program in general.. Macromedia Flash 5 costs around 400 dollars. The book includes a test demo, but this demo IS NOT LONG ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU HANDS ON TRAINING FOR THE DURATION OF THE BOOK. Fortunatly my students were allowed to used borrowed copies of the software to complete this book.
Now that I have placed my two warnings on the table, I must say that this book with the proper study and participation (using the Flash 5 screen right in front of you) can make for an ideal Dummies book. All of my students found this book instructional, and a few of them even went as far to say it was the best Flash book on the market. In same areas, I must agree with them.
First of all- despite the criticism that this book is hard to follow at times- it makes Flash 5 programming quite simple. Flash is not an easy program to use effectively, and without reading this book you may get lost in a clutter.
Secondly, this book is in my opinion one of the only TWO Flash 5 books you should EVER read. The other book is Macromedia's own instructional book for advanced users. Other books give you nothing but repitition from an inferior writer...
Get this book if you are serious about improving and using Flash 5; otherwise you are wasting your time
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great for starting out! 20 Jan. 2002
By Ryan Hamilton - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is clear and easy to understand. I was a complete novice to Flash and was able to create a rather complex site after reading Flash 5 For Dummies. My goal was to self teach Flash and I was successful; however, I also utilized other sources. I don't think that one source alone can possibly be enough since we all have different ways of learning. I found going online to various tutorials extremely helpful.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to be able to create a great website; however, be open to pulling information from the vast variety of free online tutorials, newsgroups, etc. Most of all, PRACTICE the concepts that this book teaches so that you can actually apply them.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good for someone who knows nothing about Flash 12 Dec. 2000
By C. MacGregor - Published on
Format: Paperback
Flash 5 for Dummies provides a good introduction for people who are not familliar with a program. Personally I find the books too basic, allowing one to get started, but not learn anything further than the basics. I suggest the Flash 5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide as a better, smarter alternative for someone who wants to learn more than the basics.
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