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Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash MX 2004 in 24 Hours

Flash continues to evolve from a web animation tool into something far more sophisticated By Adam Bell
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Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash MX 2004 in 24 Hours
Philip Kerman
622 Pages
$29.99 US/$45.99 CAN
Sams Publishing
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As Macromedia's Flash continues to evolve from a web animation tool into something far more sophisticated for creating highly interactive Rich Internet Applications and websites, even passages on just beginning to use Flash are getting larger and larger in scope.

Witness this new release from Actionscripting authority Philip Kerman who besides writing this book has written a number of releases for sister book label, New Riders on Actionscript and just released one of the first books on creating RIA's via Flash Remoting or the new Data Components in Flash MX Professional 2004, also for New Riders. However, this book does not really discuss any of those new features in Flash. In fact, it doesn't really discuss Flash Pro at all for the most part. This book is what it is. A book for people just ready to dive into Flash 2004 and have never used the application before.

This book's first half mainly discusses what Flash originally was intended for. Animation. In it, you'll learn how to draw in Flash, and how to create the various types of symbols (Graphic, Button and Movie Clip). In later chapters, you'll learn how to do simple interactivity with buttons and also importing and creating videos via Flash, Sorenson Squeeze and also the new FLV Exporter in Flash Pro which allows you to export videos directly from programs like Final Cut Pro and Quicktime Pro. Geez, is everyone going the 'Pro' route?

While that would be plenty for a beginners Flash book, there's more to this story as Philip was kind enough to also explain how to successfully optimize your movie so it can get smaller in file size. More importantly, Philip also explains how to use Flash in a team environment if you plan to work that way and also how to take large projects and break up your project into smaller, more compact Flash movies and files.


While most web designers and developers have already used Flash in some way, shape or form in the past six versions over time, there are still newbies out there who are just ready to learn the features of this amazing application whether it is in school or on their own. For those people, this book is a great way to educate yourself on the basic features of Flash MX 2004. For the rest of us, I'd recommend getting Philip's new book on RIA's because that's one of the main directions that Flash is going from here on out.

Adam Bell is the Design Director, CEO, Videographer and sometimes janitor with dzign@datatv.com (http://datatv.com/) amazingly not getting plastered in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA.

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Adam Bell is the Design Director, CEO, Videographer and sometimes janitor with dzign@datatv.com (http://datatv.com/) amazingly not getting plastered in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA.
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