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The Flash MX Project Multimedia CD – July 26, 2002
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From the Back Cover
Learn Macromedia Flash MX from the absolute beginning through The Flash MX Project. This book begins with web project management concerns and challenges as well as Web design considerations and concepts, and then quickly progresses through beginning and intermediate Flash MX skills. The Flash MX Project is broken up into a collection of handson seminars that each focus on teaching a specific aspect of Flash MX. Each seminar begins with a lesson that covers the concepts and techniques contained in that seminar. Then it continues with a Workshop, in which you are taken stepbystep through applying those concepts and techniques to an actual Flash movie. Reflecting the popularity, style, and awardwinning innovation of many children's activity web sites, including Crayola and Lego, The Flash MX Project features a fictional children's activity site. If you choose to work through the book covertocover, you will build an entire Flash web site that includes compelling graphics and animation, audio, video, ActionScriptdriven activities, games and personalization, and XMLdriven forms. However, if you wish to learn a specific aspect of Flash MX, you'll be able to go right to the seminar that covers it, open the source files off of the CD, and pick it right up.
About the Author
Cheryl Brumbaugh-Duncan, founder of Virtually Global Communications, has been developing Web sites for more than 5 years. Through a combination of Flash and HTML, she has created many leading-edge web sites for clients that include Qwest, Energy Investments, and System Services Corporation. Cheryl has a passion for technology, learning, and teaching. She has also developed many Flash-based on-line education courses. With a Masters degree in education, she has been teaching individuals and companies through creative techniques, courses, books, and programs for the past 16 years, and is an experienced author and technical editor.
Top customer reviews
To cite an example: The activity on page 73 has the reader turning on the Grid feature and editing the properties. The book tells the reader to select File, Grid, Edit Grid. There are no Grid selections under the File menu option. They are located under the View menu. Mistakes such as this occur far too often in the book.
I suppose a reasonably intelligent reader could figure it out for themselves (and learn in the process) but, if that is the case, why does one need to spend $30 to work around someone elses errors.
I also found myself annoyed by the use of non gender neutral language. In most instances, "she" is used over the more neutral "they". I do realize that this is a minor point, but annoying otherwise.
New Riders publications, have some great ideas. However, their technical editors leave a lot to be desired. In nearly every book I have used by them, their have been serious technical flaws (one book's files did not match the text instructions). These books are not inexpensive and greater care should be taken with technical material.
I was feeling generous today and gave it 3-stars. You will get something out of it, but be prepared to work for it.
The writing is concise and broken into manageable clumps that suit those who mull new ideas as well as those who read only headings and captions, then slam into gear on their own.
Build a website using FlashMX with no pain or strain. But don't be fooled by the simplicity of this book's website project style and subject matter. The site construction takes you painlessly through every up-town feature FlashMX has to offer.
In a classroom/lab situation or alone in your own quiet corner of the web universe, this book will boost you up to speed with FlashMX in a flash.
The explanations are clear, and the instructions concise. For those who have never created a Flash file or site, but who have a million ideas to impliment, this book is invaluable.