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New Masters of Flash: The 2002 Annual Paperback – June 25, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
The book continues in the fine tradition of its predecessor, but now, in response to user demands apparently, there is a brand new element to be found at the end of each chapter: Headnotes. This is a small section in which we are told how to expand the example we have just worked through, or how we can alter it slightly to get a totally different result. So if for example, the tutorial walks you through an effect that makes use of the cursor's X position to control a horizontal slide of some sort, the headnotes might suggest making use of both the X AND Y properties of the cursor to create an object that seems to rotate in 3D. It's things like this that mean the book is not just a set of 15 set, un-changeable effects that you can't do much with, without looking like you're ripping off the creator, which some people may mistakenly believe when merely skimming through the book.Read more ›
Look, "master" is something you call someone with years of experience, who's done it all, and has arrived at a style of her own that makes a genuine contribution not just to some variation of drag-and-drop, but to the broader world of culture beyond dot-syntax and alpha tweens. Yugo's stuff is beginning to genuinely do that; the stuff in this book isn't even close. Oh yeah, that's right, Yugo's studied architecture, and engineering, and math, and thinks creatively about connection people through novel interactive forms. The stuff in this book is just fashionable style. In a year, who out of NMoF will you still be impressed by?
Only Gabriel's chapter really pulls off a neat 3D trick, everybody else is just making cheesy wire frame navigations.
I noticed another technique, which is covered twice in the book, is getting the date and time to display in flash, VERY exciting stuff here.
Granted, if you like this sort of stuff the book covers it really well. If you're looking for diverse techniques from a variety of artists, you are going to be disappointed. Skim it in a bookstore and just set it down...
The real value of this book is knee deep in the minds of the people who wrote the actionscript for the tutorials.
Pick it apart, and get in to the head of each of these authors and there you will find the price of the book worth every penny you may have had to pinch to purchase this very expensive book.
The coding style that Erik Natzke talks about and demonstrates in this book is priceless.
So bottom line if your a actionscript junky and you got the IQ to dive into someone else's mind I just don't see how you could not love this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the coolest book I have ever seen, unlike any other book out there. Includes tutorials, background information, and more. Read morePublished on March 15, 2002 by Flashman Jack
This is an essential work for people looking to improve their web design skills and compare their work to the best in the industry. Read morePublished on July 19, 2001 by Amazon Customer
Is it wrong to use the word 'genius' when talking about web designers? I would have said no before reading this work, but now I'm not so sure! Read morePublished on July 19, 2001 by Amazon Customer
I just got this book in NY and it's very inspiring, and educational. I followed one of the tutorials, and the effect worked great, I learned so much!! Read morePublished on July 17, 2001 by ronsonm
I read this book with an open mind thinking that I knew everything about flash!how wrong was I? The insight that many of the contributors possess has beggered belief. Read morePublished on July 4, 2001