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Macromedia Flash Professional 8 Hands-On Training Paperback – January 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0321293886 ISBN-10: 0321293886 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321293886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321293886
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,725,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Gonzalez is a computer applications and multimedia professor at the College of Marin, California, where he teaches courses in interactive media design, eLearning and Web technologies. James has over sixteen years of experience in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of technology-focused instructional programs. He has taught courses nationwide on the use of multimedia software and their applications in instructional environments and has also published widely on these subject. When not teaching or writing, James provides consulting and technical services on the applications of multimedia and telecommunications technologies for training and education.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn Flash 8.
T. Denyer
They gave screen shots and images to illustrate most steps which is very helpful in a book like this.
Felix Sheng
I've really enjoyed this book, it's very clear and too the point.
Adam S. Fann

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Frank Stepanski on February 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book covers every basic to intermediate topic I can think of in Flash 8 Professional. It assumes no knowledge of Flash 8 at all and gives a great overall explanation of Flash in general and what it can be used for. It also is a great book for people who have used Flash in the past but want a refersher course on what new things are available in the lastest version of Flash.

The book starts out in Chapter 2 in describing the Flash environment and every area such as the toolbox, timeline, layer controls, panel sets, keyboard shortcuts, and customizing your environment. The next chapter goes through many well documented exercises in showing the reader how to use the many drawing and selection tools in the toolbox (pen, pencil, brush, shape tools, ink bottle, transform tool, eraser, etc.).

The fourth chapter goes into animation basics in explaining very succinctly all the parts of the timeline and how it is used in animation. The chapter is very important because if you do not understand the timeline and how to use it correctly you will never really understand Flash. The author does a great job in this especially since this a very visual topic and many illustrations and screenshots are used to help the reader visualize what he is trying to explain. The next chapter contnues with animation and talks about shape tweening.

Chapter 6,7,8 focus on symbols and how they are used in other types of animation (motion-tweening) and a new feature in Flash 8 called filter and blend modes (very powerful).

Chapter 9,10,11 focus on the other 2 types of symbols which are button and movieclips. Button symbols allow for interaction between the Flash movie you create and the viewer.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Felix Sheng on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I almost gave this book 3 stars, but realized that it was just 3 based on my flawed expectations for the book. I had been looking for a good introduction to flash with an eye towards the capabilites of actionscript. Sadly, the action script section of the book was very short and very basic - really just giving you the basics of using the wizard to perform rudimentary tasks. But, the book never professed to offer any great actionscript insights, so, there's that.

As an introduction this book is very good, especially for the beginner. This offers step by step on how to do perform many of the tasks in flash. At times, I think, it's a little too basic, but that may just be me (for example every time they ask you to hit return they say Press Enter (for windows) or Return (for mac) throughout the whole book). But it doesn't really take away from the book.

Everything is very clearly presented, tools are explained, I was impressed that they made very pointed use of keyboard shortcuts. They gave screen shots and images to illustrate most steps which is very helpful in a book like this. The book covers the basics, using the drawing tools, tweening, buttons, movies, importing various media including video.

Each chapter begins with a half page overview, then another page or three of deeper coverage and then several step by step exercises. Most of these are very focused exercises, relying on the provided cd's different pre-made projects to start you off at a point where you can focus on the task at hand. Strewn throughout the exercises are tips and more explanatory text when a subject warrants a half page or page more of description.

I found the book good at presenting a top level view of flash.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GG on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are trying to learn flash for the first time it is crucial that a tutorial focus on the essentials. Most beginners need to get a feel for the common progression of using such a complex program. This book fails to answer the burning question; How is this program used in the real world.

The progression of build a flash project from start to finish is not defined based on the order of topics covered in this book.

Instead you have topics that are randomly layed out. Not enough screenshots were presented for key topics such as tweening (the heart of flash). This book seems more of a continuation of the previous version which ,by the way, has exercises that were from the previous version of the book written by Roseanna Yeung. Come on Lynda.com! How about more creativity?!?!?!? This is Flash.

If you want a really good book that lays out the basics clearly andstraight to the point...check out "The Focal Easy guide to Macromedia Flash 8" by Birgitta Hosea.

I spent half a day reviewing every single flash book on the shelf and the aforementioned one made my cut. I was intent on getting Macromedia's Flash 8 training from the source but that book is a nightmare.

This book isnt bad but I wouldn't want to learn using this book if I were completely new to Flash 8.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Curt Story on December 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Gonzalez's "Flash Professional 8" underscores a deficiency common to many Flash instructional texts, where they spend half the book examining very basic subjects such as timeline-based animation and drawing tools. Granted, this book does a nice job illustrating some basics to flash, but the level of discourse here does not inspire conceptual creativity. Good books should lead to greater things, and not simply review the same basic subjects discussed since Flash 4. One reason why books like this exist is that Flash is poorly documented out of the box. Yet any decent used book on Flash MX will upstage this one.

While this book may lack instructional spirit, the most glaring omission is found in its Actionscript chapter. Ever since MX, the emphasis behind Flash has been the power and flexibility of Actionscript. Granted, Actionscript has become rather complicated, but a good author should at least prime the reader to the coding power available in Flash 8. Instead, we're treated to a weak smattering of script usage, without touching on the real power behind flash today: classes and object-oriented structure. As if that deficiency weren't glaring enough, the author provided examples of button coding that were outdated since Flash 5! There is no excuse for such weak writing. You the reader deserve a better challenge to expand and hone your Flash skills.

I'm giving this book special scrutiny because Lynda Weinman's textbooks have such visibility and apparent acclaim. While her books may be well marketed, they aren't always the best use of your money--or time spent reading. Let me suggest a few texts which I have read personally and can recommend. If you want a good beginner guide, check out Russell Chun's "Visual QuickPro" Flash books.
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