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Flash MX ActionScript for Designers: The Non Programmer's Guide to Maximum Flash (Flash (Wiley)) Paperback – 8 Aug 2002

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From user interactivity and eye candy effects to automated content management, ActionScript gives you the power to take your Flash movies to the next level. But what if you′re not comfortable with objects, variables, and all that other programming stuff? Relax! Using plenty of easy–to–understand tutorials and an absolute minimum of geek–speak, Doug Sahlin takes the mystery out of ActionScript – and shows you step by step how to put it to work in real–world Web design.

Step–by–Step Tutorials and Projects Show You How to Create:
∗ Flash forms
∗ Animated preloaders
∗ Printable frames
∗ User–customizable e–commerce products
∗ Dynamic backgrounds
∗ Custom cursors
∗ Motion trails
∗ Starburst backdrops
∗ Slide shows
∗ Pop–up windows
∗ Banner ads
∗ Flash intros
∗ Animated banners

CD–ROM Contents
∗ Source files and artwork for chapter projects
∗ SWfX and Swift 3D demo versions
∗ Plus Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX and FreeHand trial versions

About the Author

Doug Sahlin is an author, graphic artist, and Web site designer. His books include Macromedia Flash MX ActionScript For Dummies, Flash 5 Virtual Classroom, Fireworks 4 For Dummies, Carrara 1 Bible, and How to Do Everything with Adobe Acrobat 5.0. He has also written numerous magazine articles, product reviews, and Web tutorials on image–editing and Web design software.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bad language description 19 Aug. 2003
By miguel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The purpose of simplification leads to incorrect explanations
in the subjects related with the language itself.
Chapters 6 and 8 have statements that a C (or javaScript or
ActionScript) programmer consider confused (variable types,
expresions, etc) others are amazing (ex. page 107 : k=k++)
and other false (ex. page 104 :explanation about post
increment in loops).
Programming concepts should be correctness handle, even
for designers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If your a designer, buy this book.... 5 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a designer, this book delivered on its promise. Ive worked with flash
for awhile, but never got past scripting anything more complex than preloaders, stop actions, etc. This will show the designers how to "write" script, not just cut and paste and copy other *FLA files.
If your serious about learning the basic nuts & bolts, I highly recommend this book as a good place to start.
My only gripe is there were A LOT of typos and mixed up sentences, they need a new proofreader for the next edition of the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Errors in syntax and coding 25 Sept. 2003
By dangarrob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with Miguel. This is not a good book to get started in ActionScript. There are too many explanations with holes in them that make the whole learning process even more difficult and confusing experience. Too many typos and half harted tutorials. Do not waste your money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Simple Explanations: Bad Examples 19 Feb. 2004
By "myucka" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I finally decided to start programming in Flash MX as there are so many places that want this type of experience. Well, I read through the first chapter and it seemed very easy to understand. I got to chapter 2 and tried the first script....it did not work. I had exactly what the book had..it did not work. I loaded the Final example from the CD...that did not work either. How is someone supposed to learn something like programming if they have to troubleshoot the authors code themselves before they even know what the code is supposed to do?
As of right now, the book is closed and probably will not be opened again. Since the CD is opened I can't return it to the store and ther is no way I am going to sell it as I do not want to have someone be in the same boat that I am.
My recommendation is to do some online tutorials first as they are free, then when you have a decent handle, get a book that goes more into depth. Once you learn a little scripting, you should be able to catch and troubleshoot mistakes made by pros.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Waste of time 6 Feb. 2004
By Serge Giguere - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I totally agree with Daniel and Miguel. You learn pratically nothing with this book. You only be more confused.
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