You're not a still-wet-behind-the-ears Flash developer, but you're no pure-ActionScript wizard either: At last there's a book that addresses your needs as a budding Flash master. If you've mastered Flash basics and have a good understanding of animation, symbols, and basic ActionScript, this project-based tutorial from the folks at Lynda.com Training is the answer to your prayers. As you follow along with the book's exercises and the CD's QuickTime tutorials, you'll build an entire Web site in Flash--in the process exploring all of the intermediate-level Flash techniques that you've been dying to get your hands on. You'll learn how to dynamically load text and images, create scrollable text, build a preloader, add music and video, build a dynamic slide show, produce a feedback form, create a Flash plug-in detector, and more. Also covered are a slew of workflow enhancements, ActionScript 2.0--the improved ActionScript language introduced in Flash MX 2004--and more.
Shane Rebenschied graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1998 with an emphasis on traditional and digital media. Since then his work has appeared in the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and New York annuals, as well as numerous national and international publications and advertising campaigns. He is a fan of old paper and stains, and he can often be found staring at pieces of corroded, rusted metal. Shane is a professional freelance illustrator, Macromedia Flash designer/developer/consultant, and author living somewhere in the Arizona desert. Shane is currently the "Photoshop Guide" at InformIT.com and is also the author of Photoshop Elements 2 Hands-On Training. He maintains an online illustration portfolio at http://www.blot.com and is a partner in the interactive design firm Cloudforge (http://www.cloudforge.com).
Past clients include BBC, Maxim Magazine, Scholastic, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Tor, Harper Collins, Harlequin, Hodder Headline Plc, Summertime Publishing, Harcourt Brace, Ziff Davis, Hanley-Wood LLC, Spirit IC, Backpacker Magazine, X-Files Magazine, McGraw-Hill, Vanderbilt University, Flashforward, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, San Francisco Weekly, and Cleveland Scene.
Introduction. 1. Background.
What Is This Book? What Is "Beyond the Basics"? Modular, Modular, Modular Whats New in Flash MX 2004 Upgrading from MX to MX 2004? Exercise 1_What Am I Building? Updates. 2. Where Do I Start?
What Is the Site Construction Process? What Program Do I Start In? Exercise 1_Installing the Site Font. Exercise 2_Integration. Workflow Suggestions. 3. Getting Started.
What Is a "Master" SWF? What Are Classes, Objects, Methods, and Properties? What Is "Strict Typing?" What Is a Function? What Is the MovieClipLoader, and How Does it Differ from loadMovie? Exercise 1_Creating the Master SWF and Setting Up the MovieClipLoader. What Is a Shared Library? Exercise 2_Creating and Precaching the Shared Library. 4. LoadVars Class.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. Exercise 2_Setting Up the Shared Fonts. Commenting. Exercise 3_Writing the LoadVars Object. What Is LoadVars? Exercise 4_Loading the "Our History" Text. Exercise 5_Making the Text Scroll. 5. HTML and CSS.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. Exercise 2_Modifying the Loaded Text Using HTML. About CSS and Flash MX 2004. Exercise 3_Using CSS. 6. TextFormat Class.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. What Is the TextFormat Class? Exercise 2_Adding the Submenu. Exercise 3_Auto-Sizing a Text Field. Exercise 4_Creating the Roll Over/Roll Out States of the Submenu Options. Exercise 5_Disabling Interactivity for Usability. Exercise 6_Copying and Pasting Functionality. Exercise 7_Enabling Interactivity for Usability. Exercise 8_Finishing the Submenu. Exercise 9_Creating the Our Staff Subsection. 7. Building a Slideshow.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. Exercise 2_Setting Up. Exercise 3_Loading the First Slide. Exercise 4_Loading the Total Slides Variable. Exercise 5_Adding the Next Slide Functionality. Exercise 6_Adding the Previous Slide Functionality. Exercise 7_Adding the Slideshow Descriptive Text. Exercise 8_Adding the Current Slide Counter. 8. Building a Preloader.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. Exercise 2_Getting Started. Exercise 3_onLoadProgress. 9. Building a Form.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. Exercise 2_Setting Up. Exercise 3_Simple Form Validation. Exercise 4_Using LoadVars to Send the Form Results. Exercise 5_Styling the Form. 10. MP3 Player.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. What Is Progressive Download, and What Is Streaming? Sound Compression for Streaming. Exercise 2_Setting Up. Exercise 3_Loading the MP3. What Is the Sound Class? Exercise 4_Stopping and Playing the Music. Exercise 5_Displaying the ID3 Information. Exercise 6_Changing Tracks. 11. Building a Video Player.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. Exercise 2_Setting Up. How to Create an FLV. To Embed or Not to Embed. Exercise 3_Peek-a-Boo. Exercise 4_Loading and Playing the Video. Exercise 5_Play/Pause Toggle. What Is the NetStream Class? Exercise 6_Building the Playback Progress Slider. Exercise 7_Using the onStatus Event Handler. Exercise 8_Cleanup. 12. The Main Menu.
Exercise 1_What You Are Building. Exercise 2_Setting Up. Exercise 3_Scripting onRollOver, onRollOut, and onRelease. Exercise 4_Bringing It All Together. 13. Getting It Ready for the World.
Exercise 1_Adding Your Flash Content to an HTML Page. Potential Upcoming Embedding Changes. Flash Plug-In Detector Options. Exercise 2_Building a Flash MX 2004 Plug-In Detector. Conclusion. A. Technical Support and Troubleshooting FAQ. B. Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Resources. C. Getting Your Work Online/Using CGIs. Index.