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3.0 out of 5 stars ONLY for true beginners, 9 April 2001
This review is from: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Macromedia Flash 5 (Paperback)
This was a VERY big disappointment for me as I was already familier with Flash 4 and was basically looking for help with the ActionScript bit.
It only covers the VERY basic functions of flash (like tweening and creating instances) as well as guiding you through the interface and explaining the basic tools. All of this it does a good job at, but if you're expecting anything more then look for another book.
The best book to give you a very thorough run-through of Flash and it's capabilities is James Mohler's book on Flash, "Graphics, Animation & Interactivity with Flash 4.0" - Hopefully he'll come with an updated version for Flash 5 soon. He is truly the best teacher for Flash.
Another good resource for cool effects and taking Flash to the next level is "Flash Web Design" by Hillman Curtis.
Generally, I give this a low score because it falls short of a complete Flash book in my mind as it barely touches Action Scripting and the great things you can create using it. In fact, the author even made a point of telling us that he isn't going too deep into the scripting bit because "we (the readers) are not programmers and that technical stuff is just over our head anyway" or some such nonsense.
However, if you are completely new to the world of Flash and feel like Macromedia's Tutorials are over your head than this is the book for you. :o)
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