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2.0 out of 5 stars Design over content, 16 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Flash Web Design: The V5 Remix - the Art of Motion Graphics Continues (Paperback)
What is the purpose of this book? It looks nice and is designed beautifully, but has very little else to offer. It does provide some insight into the working methods of the authors, but other than that it is not a book that I would recommend for anyone who wants to learn Flash or expand on what they already know.
First up, the chapters take the form of lessons or tutorials, although there is no CD containing source files, and the companion website also does not offer source files that would actually enable one to follow the lessons step by step.
As another reader pointed out, there are a number of mistakes, including reference to Flash 4 as oposed to Flash 5, incorrect screen shots and an incomlete method in presenting the tutorials themselves. Many of the important steps are not described in enough detail and the book attempts to skim over many subjects without giving the reader a thorough understanding.
While Hillman Curtis and the other authors are unduoubtedly expert in their field of Flash Web Design, their writing style and ability to explain things clearly is obviously lacking.
If you want a book that teaches Flash 5 go for "Foundation Flash 5" from Friends of Ed. Their "Foundation ActionScript", "Flash 5 Studio" and "New Masters of Flash" should provide everything else one needs after mastering the basics.
Two stars out of five, and that's only because of the visual design. The book is definitely not worth the money. If it had a CD with source files on it, then I would say go for it, but as it doesn't, better spend your money elsewhere.
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