Flash CS4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 2008
Pages: 752

Unlock the power of Flash and bring gorgeous animations to life onscreen. It's easy with Flash CS4: The Missing Manual. You'll start creating animations in the first chapter, and will learn to produce effective, well-planned visuals that get your message across. This entertaining new edition includes a complete primer on animation, a guided tour of the program's tools, lots of new illustrations, and more details on working with video. Beginners will learn to use the software in no time, and experienced Flash designers will improve their skills.

Expanded and revised to cover the new version of Flash, every chapter in this book provides step-by-step tutorials to help you:

  • Learn to draw objects, animate them, and integrate your own audio and video files
  • Add interactivity, use special effects, learn morphing, and much more
  • Check your work with the book's online example files and completed animations
  • Discover new Flash toolkits and features such as Frameless Animation
  • Use every timesaving aspect of Flash CS4, such as Library objects and Symbols
  • Learn how to automate your drawings and animations with ActionScript 3.0

With this book, absolutely no programming is necessary to get started with Flash CS4. Flash CS4: The Missing Manual explains in jargon-free English exactly what you need to know to use Flash effectively, while avoiding common pitfalls, right from the start.

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Take your Manual!

By Ystallonne CS Alves

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Flash CS4: The Missing Manual, Flash CS4 Edition:

    Once you start reading you will be taken involuntarily to go page by page without realizing. Flash CS4: The Missing Manual has a singular style and flow and I recommend to other programming books take some note.
    Chris Grover with E.A Vander Veer divides this chef d'oeuvre in three great parts and here I will try anticipating just a little...

    Part One: Where you will learn about Flash in a simple, however complete, way. The book starts with an amazing interface overview. It shows how to customize the workspace, it does a presentation of each panel and tool inside the program and you can see how to do easily, if you are new in this world, your first drawings in the Flash and give life to them.

    Part Two: Where beginners will be able to incorporate complexity to their projects and Flash knowledgeable designers will ripen their adeptness. This part we take a look in drawing and animation important concepts. Fast and clearly we expand our learning comprehending the new features of this software version. Now we can include audio and video into our realistic animations.

    Part Three: Where you will say to the world I really can also do it… Learn how to improve the application with the power of ActionScript 3.0, the Flash programming language. Evidently, this book doesn't go into as much depth on it, but you will realize that is not so difficult to go beyond. I could understand a lot of little things and appreciate details that really are an exceptional aspect in this paperback.

    It's, actually, a very interesting reference even for experts and, indeed, The book that should have been in the box.

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    Development with flash in an easy way!

    By Chetankumar Akarte

    from Navi Mumbai, India

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    Comments about oreilly Flash CS4: The Missing Manual, Flash CS4 Edition:

    Flash is little bit complex but easy to use and easy to learn. "Flash CS4: The Missing Manual" by Chris Grover with E. A. Vander Veer shows you how to get started with Flash CS4. Using this book Beginners will learn to use the software in no time, and experienced Flash designers will improve their skills. While reading I interact with small notes like Up to Speed, Design Time which help me to explore the topic in-depth and provides refreshment while reading. Really this is a good book to cover all aspect and uses of Flash CS4.

    This is one of the best Introductory Flash CS4 books I would like recommend to new users. This book guides you all about development and designing with flash in an easy way. This book is nothing but a good missing manual for Flash CS4.

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    When I first got my hands on Flash CS4, I just thought I would dive in and be making dynamic webpages by the end of the day. After about 30 minutes of looking around, I was lost and frustrated!

    I picked up 'Flash CS4 : The Missing Manual" at a local book store and it's been an amazing journey! Within just a few short chapters I was designing and animating. Suddenly all of those mysterious buttons, menus and terms made sense.

    I recommend this book to ANYONE who is serious about learning Flash CS4. If I can learn, anyone can!

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