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From the Back Cover
The fun and easy way to jazz up a Web site! Hands–on tips for creating buttons, animations, actions and more Make Web sites come alive with movement, sound, and interactivity – no animation experience required! With Macromedia Flash, you can transform an ordinary Web site into an interactive showplace that′ll make visitors say "wow." But how do you get the hang of all those tools and techniques? Don′t worry! With this friendly reference, you′ll be drawing pictures, building buttons, creating animations, adding sound, setting up actions, and more – in a flash! All this on the bonus CD–ROM ∗ Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and FreeHand trial versions ∗ Author–created graphic shapes, designs, and images to incorporate into your own Macromedia Flash movies ∗ Plus Adobe Photoshop tryout version and SWiSH demo System requirements: PC running Windows 9x/2000/Me/XP, Windows NT 4 or later; Power Macintosh running System 8.6 or later. See the CD Appendix for details and complete system requirements Get smart! @www.dummies.com ∗ Find listings of all our books ∗ Create your own personalized book with Hungry Minds a la Carte ∗ Sign up for daily eTips and www.dummiesdaily.com
About the Author
GURDY LEETE, a professor of digital media at Maharishi University of Management, has 20 years of computer animation experience. ELLEN FINKELSTEIN′s other books include AutoCAD 2002 Bible.
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Flash is said to have a steep learning curve, and the pursuit of learning a little Flash to liven up one's website has been known to cause more than one otherwise sane and intelligent individual to pull out her hair in fits of frustration and despair. When I was first learning Flash, I purchased and studied a wide variety of thick (and expensive) tombs on the subject, and yet, in spite of hours of agonizing over code and techniques that I never could get to actually work, I finally discovered the clear writing of Gurdy Leete and Ellen Finkelstein. Within a week after purchasing and reading my first "Flash for Dummies" book, I created my very first movie in Flash, and I was thrilled with the end result.
"Flash MX for Dummies" contains just the right amount of clear, concise information, along with step-by-step instructions that will walk you through the creation of your first Flash movie. As you read through the book, you will feel that you have a pair of friendly and competent mentors at your side. The authors have a way of making even the most difficult concepts accessible. Their tone is warm and friendly, yet never condescending.
In addition to providing thorough coverage of the basics of learning Flash, the book also introduces a number of intermediate concepts such as using masks, importing sound and video into your Flash movie, and making use of templates. The chapter named "Getting Interactive" provides the reader with clear and easy instructions for accomplishing such advanced tasks as using the SetMask method to make a movie clip into a mask and dynamically loading music from the web. I also appreciated the section entitled, "Frequently Asked Questions" which provided crystal clear, step-by-step instructions for doing some fun things like creating a custom cursor and making "drag-and-drop" objects.
If all of this isn't enough, the book also comes with an accompanying CD that is packed with resources, including a library of vector graphics you can use in your movies, Flash movies that you can open in Flash and dissect in order to further your understanding of Flash, and even a whole library of sounds you can practice with, courtesy of SoundRangers.
Not only does this book provide you with top-notch instruction for learning Flash, but you won't have to pay an arm and a leg for it. The price of the book is less than half the price of many other books on the same subject.
The book is perfect for those just starting out in learning Flash. At the same time, it provides more experienced Flashers with a wealth of information, resources, and new ideas. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in furthering her understanding of Flash. Buy the book. Then you, too, can be one happy dummy. : )
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