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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (14 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596510586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596510589
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Fred Gerantabee is an Emmy-award winning interactive designer, author and educator with over 13 years of experience in web and interactive design, development and consulting.Most recently, Fred was an interactive producer with Walt Disney Interactive/ ABC television, creating synchronous, FLASH-based applications and interactive games for major television events such as the 2004 Presidential Elections, the Academy Awards, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Fred is an Adobe Certified Instructor and ACE for Flash, Dreamweaver and Flash Lite and the author of several books including Flash CS3 and Dreamweaver CS3 Dynamic Learning series books on O'Reilly publishing. He is a speaker, training manager and instructor at Aquent Graphics Institute, where he delivers custom consulting, training and curriculum solutions.

The AGI Creative Team is a highly experienced group of authors and instructors with a strong track record for developing and delivering best-of-breed books, video content, seminar series, and conferences.

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As a complete newcomer to Flash, I found this book a good introduction. It gives a clear overview of all the main functions available within Flash, with lots of interesting little projects explained in a clear step-by-step manner.

My only quibble is in the area of ActionScript. Another reviewer, with previous Flash experience, found this to be fine. Never having seen Flash before, however, I found the to-ing and fro-ing between ActionScript 2.0 and 3.0 rather confusing. For instance, 2.0 is used for the Aircraft animation in Lesson 13, but no explanation is given for preferring this version over the default of 3.0 in this instance.
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Dynamic Learning Flash CS3 Professional', Fred Gerantabee & AGI Creative Team, O'Reilly, published August 2007, latest addition to the O'Reilly Dynamic Learning series, is a must for those beginning in Flash and their teachers.

Its also a useful aid for those familiar with Flash wanting to brush up or become familiar with the newer features of Flash CS3.

The lessons include fully illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions, tips, examples and self-study exercises on all of the key aspects of Flash CS3. The book contains a companion DVD with .flv tutorials accompanying each chapter. I had a minor quibble with the instructional videos preferring to view them on the freely available, open source, `FLV Player 2.0.23', as of this writing; also, a small app to choose/run your tutorial video from a master file would have been useful.

Those not so new to Flash and ActionScript will have particular interest in the `Choose Paste Motion Special Tool' following a copy of a motion tween into ActionScript. Other examples of new editions to Flash not confined to ActionScript CS3 are additional features of the library tool, such as the ability to select multiple objects and move them to additional folders, working with folders, collapsing folders, the ability to pin a library with other files opened in Flash from the tab menu. `Using the Merge Drawing Model' in conjunction with the primitive tools, "unlike merged objects, you can return at any time to primitive objects to change these attributes".

There are a whole raft of new features in Flash CS3 some large, some small, such as with the oval primitive tool there is the ability to set the inner radius.
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Excellent book, very easy to follow for a novice although sometimes I didn't achieve the exercise. Highly recommend it.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 25 July 2009
By miss lulu - Published on Amazon.com
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As a graphic designer, I found this book to be a huge help in learning Flash. The lessons are well paced. The book takes you fairly deep into the program, quickly. It helped me get the big picture of how the program works.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars video files don't open 16 Nov. 2007
By Vinay Singh - Published on Amazon.com
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HI ,
Just bought this book to begin to learn FLASH. I use a PowerBook G4 1GB memory 1.67GHz. I tried to open the video files but could not open it.I have Flash 9 player and Adobe CS3 premium. clicking on the icons opens flash 9 but does not open the file. It will not open on a PC either, only way to open it is by converting to a different format using web based tools. I converted some to .mov files which play but the video is fuzzy. Working through the book hopefully the rest will be more helpful.
7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive, disappointing, and probably typical these days... 8 Oct. 2007
By Yumi Koizumi - Published on Amazon.com
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Disappointing. A very topical, light introduction to CS3. I was hoping for some actionscript and explanaitons of punch, union, etc. but nothing.

If you have never seen flash before, this is a good book for you. It adds nothing unavailable in help files that come with the product.

It only gets a 3-star rating because it serves as a first look at flash well, albeit deceptively. Beware, as the description of the book here at Amazon lies:

Topics covered include:
What's new in Flash CS3 Professional
Flash CS3 jumpstart
Drawing tools
Modifying and transforming graphics
Working with symbols and the library
ActionScript <---=== false
Working with video and audio

They got my money, so I guess thats all that matters...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Introduction to Flash CS3 15 July 2008
By ctoons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a solid introduction to Flash CS3 fundamentals. It will be most useful to designers with no previous Flash experience and to programmers wishing to familiarize themselves with the Flash environment. The lessons are clear, easy to follow and cover all the basics. The sample projects are supported with well organized step-by-step screen shots of the menu bars, timelines, animation frames, property inspector and code. They are also supported with video demonstrations of key concepts from each chapter. After completing the lessons you will be able to create very basic level portfolios, slide shows, ads and entertainment featuring interactivity, animation, sound and video. You will also learn how to get your work on the web and on DVDs.

Because the book is aimed at beginners, the ActionScript 3.0 lessons are simple and pragmatic. Rather than delving into programming, the authors created sample code for some basic activities -- navigation, starting and stopping animations, etc. The samples can be easily copied and modified for use in other projects.

This book just scratches the surface of what you can do with Flash. After whetting your appetite with Dynamic Learning Flash CS3 Professional you will be ready to move on to intermediate Flash training and beginning ActionScript training.

To use this book you will need Flash Player 9 and Adobe Flash CS3 Professional installed on your computer.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are trying to learn Flash, this book is for you 16 Oct. 2007
By Jennifer Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have worked with the author Fred Gerantebee for quite some time now, in fact he co-wrote the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium for Dummies with me.
I came from the print world, and knew very little of Flash. But having read this book, I am confident enough to create animations and even delve a bit into ActionScript (I can make things happen!).
The lessons that Fred put together are fun to do, and the step-by-step lessons actually work.

This book is great if you are a designer, as the lesson files are included, as well as videos to help clarify steps. If you want an in-depth ActionScript book, this book is not for you, as it touches on everything from drawing to ActionScript. if you want pure ActionScript try Essential ActionScript 3.0, also from O'Rielly.
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