For many, interactive Flash content is viewed through a desktop computer connected to the World Wide Web. For a rapidly growing number of developers and users, though, Flash content goes way beyond the PC. In Flash Enabled: Flash Design & Development for Devices, a talented group of leading-edge Flash developers describe how to create compelling Flash content for everything from cell phones to TVs to ATMs and more.
Far more than a how-to book on Flash development, Flash Enabled takes the reader by the hand into previously uncharted areas of development. Samples, tutorials, and design rules, tips, and theories spanning more than a dozen chapters explain how to create content for PlayStation2, television, Pocket PC handhelds, and, of course, the Web.
The first two sections constitute an introduction to developing Flash content for devices. Discussions on interface design, typography, animation, and game construction are interlaced with sidebars, tips, screen shots, and code examples. Part three details the specifics of creating applications for devices using Flash, and subsequent sections demonstrate how to create content for television and game consoles like PlayStation2.
Contemporary developers face a big challenge when creating a Flash movie; making one that plays on every Web browser with every version of the Flash plug-in on every version of both Windows and Mac operating systems is a feat unto itself. Introducing more platforms with their own limitations is enough to send a Flash developer screaming into the woods. However, creating Flash content that can be viewed on more than just a desktop computer opens doors to growth and larger audiences. The authors of Flash Enabled have already started creating for a variety of platforms, and we can benefit from their experience rather than playing a perpetual game of catch-up. --Mike Caputo
From the Publisher
"Flash Enabled is an important book for any developer who is serious about the emerging world of Internet-connected, Flash-enabled devices." --Jeremy Allaire, Chief Technology Officer, Macromedia, Inc.
"Indispensable information for anyone developing Flash for devices. Flash Enabled provides start-to-finish coverage of the Flash device development process." --Colin Moock, author of "ActionScript: The Definitive Guide"
What can't you do with Flash? Still don't know that one. What started out as a logical idea for a guy like Phil Torrone--if anyone should be driving a book on enabled Flash, it's Phil, the industry's poster child for handheld evangelism--turned into a who's-who party of Flash and handheld experts, each contributing their own special strengths to this book.
(Take a minute, go to Google, and do a search on 'Phil Torrone', then read for a while. Don't forget to come back.)
Phil tagged with Mike Chambers, they outlined the book, and began talking to others in the inner circle of Flash development about the project. Next thing you know, Branden Hall, Robert Hall, Christian Cantrell, Andreas Heim, Craig Kroeger, Leo Leone, Markus Niedermeier, Bill Perry, Fred Sharples, and Glenn Thomas are on board. Special thanks to Greg Burch and to Troy Evans (Macromedia Flash Player PM) for technical reviews.
"Flash Enabled" is not a survey of "here's what could be really cool" about porting Flash off the desktop. It's the Reality. Here's what you CAN do NOW and here's HOW to DO IT. And yeah, there's some pretty tantalizing jumping-off points in here for the ambitious enabled-device Flash developers out there. We know you're there. We've talked to you at the conferences. You've interacted digitally with at least a couple of these authors, more than likely. This book's for you. The technology's right here, so let's have some fun. Cheers, Steve Weiss, executive editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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