on 27 December 2007
Although slow to start with (as it starts by explaining all the nuances with how to draw etc) it is well worth sticking with it as it has a very logical build up of Flash functionality and makes understanding how Flash builds animations etc a lot easier than I have seen in other guides. I have to admit I am more of a try by example learner but sticking with this book has enabled me very quickly to understand Flash, expand my knowledge a great deal and I can now understand why it does what it does, making building animation a whole lot easier and more straight forward.
Needless to say I've already ordered the advanced Visual Quick Start Guide! If you want to understand Flash CS3 then this book'll do that for you, well you need to read it but you know what I mean!
Clearly this book was written by a computer specialist, not an educator. Everything's here, sure, but the tone is so impersonal and patronising that I really find it a chore to open it. For any topic, you first have to scan through reams and reams of basic instructions, re-hashing stuff that you are supposed to have covered chapters ago... every time! And I'm new to the program... imagine if I was just brushing up!
Great if you need reminding how to launch the program every time you learn something new.
So 5 stars for being accurate... minus 2 stars for being as inspiring as a phone directory.