Flash CS4: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Nov 25, 2008 - Computers - 752 pages
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Unlock the power of Flash and bring gorgeous animations to life onscreen. It's easy with Flash CS4: The Missing Manual. You'll start creating animations in the first chapter, and will learn to produce effective, well-planned visuals that get your message across. This entertaining new edition includes a complete primer on animation, a guided tour of the program's tools, lots of new illustrations, and more details on working with video. Beginners will learn to use the software in no time, and experienced Flash designers will improve their skills.

Expanded and revised to cover the new version of Flash, every chapter in this book provides step-by-step tutorials to help you:

  • Learn to draw objects, animate them, and integrate your own audio and video files
  • Add interactivity, use special effects, learn morphing, and much more
  • Check your work with the book's online example files and completed animations
  • Discover new Flash toolkits and features such as Frameless Animation
  • Use every timesaving aspect of Flash CS4, such as Library objects and Symbols
  • Learn how to automate your drawings and animations with ActionScript 3.0

With this book, absolutely no programming is necessary to get started with Flash CS4. Flash CS4: The Missing Manual explains in jargon-free English exactly what you need to know to use Flash effectively, while avoiding common pitfalls, right from the start.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Getting Around Flash
17
Creating Simple Drawings
47
Animating Your Drawings
89
Organizing Frames and Layers
141
Advanced Drawing and Coloring
165
Symbols and Templates
227
Advanced Tweens with the Motion Editor
271
Controlling Actions with Events
409
Organizing Objects with the Display List
443
Controlling Animation
473
Components for Interactivity
499
Choosing Using and Animating Text
535
Drawing with ActionScript
569
Testing and Debugging
593
Publishing and Exporting
623

Realistic Animation with IK Bones
299
Incorporating NonFlash Media Files
319
Incorporating Sound and Video
341
Introduction to ActionScript 3
375
Installation and Help
661
Flash CS4 Menu by Menu
669
Index
707
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Christopher Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He's also the author of Word 2007: The Missing Manual and Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual.

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