- 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: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,052,969 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.
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The step-by-step instructions are precise and quite explanatory. That's not to say that exercises go on forever, they're just thoroughly explained. For example: four pages are devoted to the sometimes frustrating concept of Merge and Object Drawing Models. A newbie may find this concept confusing unless they have had it shown to them. (Example: A student next to me was getting furious over the fact that his overlapping ellipses kept eating away the shapes behind them. That is until I showed him page 50.) Simple to some, but without some formal training it would just seem frustrating.
The disc includes some decent exercise files and the typical instructional videos that we have come to expect at the point in the game. Not that they are bad in any way, just not much different than other I have seen. I personally enjoy the videos when it comes to a complex topic.
Another notable that was important to me was the big section at the end on importing content from Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks. Nice and easy once you know how to do it properly.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn Flash 8. It will give you the basics and functionality of the program. If you are not very experimental and don't have the time to push the limits on your own, there may be another book out there for 'tricks, tips, cheats' to help you go wild with it. This book is not the 'tricks, tips, cheats' kind of book that will show the 'hidden secrets' so many others claim. But, it is complete in the fact that it will show you how to perform the basics of each function. And for some areas, a little beyond the basic functionality.
Not that it should matter, but you will deal with the single concept of the snowboarder for almost every exercise in the book. Not every exercise is the same file or image, but almost all of them are snowboarding-related. You'll see why when you get to the motion and video portion of the book.
The chapters are arranged in easy to follow exercises that teach all the basics of Flash. I really liked this style of teaching because it forces you to open up Flash and do the exercises. Much more useful than a book that you just sit and read.
The author of the book is also very good about telling you multiple ways of doing something. In the course of the exercises there are little colored boxes that will talk about how you could have done the above action this way or this way or this way. The fact that these tips are usually separate is nice if you don't care and want to skip the additional information.
So far I am about 3/4 the way through the course and the book and have been very happy with it. A great book; especially for a newbie that doesn't have any programming background.
This book was concise, clear and well written, and a breeze to follow along with (absolutely zero frustration). After finishing all the exercises, I felt I had a good basic grasp of Flash. I'd highly reccommend this book to any beginner wanting to learn Flash.
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As a beginner who knew literally nothing about Flash, I was able to go through all of the lessons and I learned a lot from this book.Read more