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Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash MX 2004 in 24 Hours (Sams Teach Yourself...in 24 Hours) Paperback – 4 Nov 2003
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From the Back Cover
Since its introduction in 1996, Macromedia Flash has become the standard for delivering high impact, vector-based graphics to the Web. Flash is deceptively simple at first, yet has great depth and flexibility.
Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash MX in 24 Hours offers a clearly written, well-organized introduction to this powerful product, and gives the beginner an overview of the entire package, without becoming too overwhelming.
About the Author
Phillip Kerman is an independent programmer, teacher, and writer who specializes in Macromedia products. His degree in imaging and photographic technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology was earned back when "multimedia" had a different meaning than it has today. One of Phillip's internships, for example, involved programming multiple slide projector presentations with dissolves synchronized to a sound track-the multimedia of the 1980s. In 1993 he found Macromedia Authorware a natural fit for his interests and skills. After getting his start at The Human Element, Inc., he moved back to Portland, Oregon, to work on his own.
Phillip has transitioned his expertise from Authorware to Director and, now, to Flash. Over the past decade, he has had to adapt to a total of 20 version upgrades-Flash MX 2004 being the most significant of them all! In addition to retooling and building his own skills, Phillip finds teaching the biggest challenge. He has trained and made presentations around the world, in such exotic locations as Reykjavik, Iceland; Melbourne, Australia; Amsterdam, Holland; and McAlester, Oklahoma. His writing has appeared in Macworld, on the Macromedia DevNet Web site and Developer Resource Kit CD-ROM, and in his self-published The Phillip Newsletter (http://www.phillipkerman.com/newsletter).
Phillip is also the author of Flash MX 2004 for Rich Internet Applications and ActionScripting in Flash MX from New Riders Publishing.
Feel free to email Phillip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This is a very good book for beginners. You get good habits initially, and you learn what the veterans use years of trying-and-failing(-and-loosing-customers) on.
I have not yet found anything that's wrong in this book, no errors. (At the present I'm preparing hour 11)
There might be some minor stuff, like not mentioning ALL the ways of doing things, but that's not important before you go for certification as Flash Designer or Developer.
This is still an excellent book though for the newbie using Flash.
So if you have the Flash 5 book then don't bother with this, not enough has changed between the books. However, if you don't already own the Flash 5 book then this is an excellent place to start your Flash journey.
So I recommend this book wholly. (I'm a fan of the "24 hour.." series BTW). The complete novice could complete it (perhaps in 30 hours) and build good Flash output. If you're already doing so, there is material to sharpen you act. And, more importantly, think about more elegant, slick methods you may have overlooked.
Useful appendices and references. Pity (as someone else has written) that there's no CD - hence 4, rather than 5 stars.
I started this book with a little knowledge of how to create animations and interactivity in Flash but I taught myself in about 2 weeks for a project at college. Therefore I had a small head-start when I started this book.
Phillip Kerman goes from the very basics to the reasonably advanced advanced features of Flash MX 2004. He describes each with pure clarity, but it can get boring when he's yapping on for pages about the benefits of the selection tool.
The tasks are where he falls down; they lack the clarity of the main text. His instructions are often vague (which is a cardinal sin in teaching books like this) and sometimes just plain wrong.
Also, you have to download some of the files for the lesson from his website. Which isn't too much hassle for most, but I don't have an internet connection on the same computer as Flash so it was for me.
Also (this con list keeps getting longer) his ActionScript lesson is rubbish. In the lesson he tells you what to type and when to type it, but sometimes misses out the important bit- WHY to type it.
Hope this helps
This is a book aimed not exclusively at beginners as there is goog content for those who need to move on a bit, ie it includes some good stuff on ActionScript.
The only problems I found with the book is that it is a has rather alot of writing at the expense of more illustrations...If you purchase it you will not regret it.
ActionScripting in 24 Hours". Gives all information on basics of Flash, by basic I mean animation, buttons etc. Excellent book.
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