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Essential Flash 4 for Web professionals
Kyle, Lynn.
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Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall PTR, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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QA76.575 .K95 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"With Flash 4's slick, fast-loading vector graphics and animation, you can transcend the limits of HTML, building sites as hot as your imagination! Now, learn Flash 4 in a flash from a professional Web designer - through real-world projects you can view live on a linked website! Start with the basics, then master every key technique, from animation through navigation, interactivity through building a complete opening sequence. Best of all, the projects are linked to a live website where you can see (and download) each Flash effect in each stage of completion. It's all the guidance you'll need - every step of the way!"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Lynn Kyle is President and Founder of Ricochet Associates, Los Alamos, NM. Ricochet's Web clients have included DeBeers, Pfizer, and Lloyd's of London.

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For experienced web masters who need to learn Flash quickly, Kyle's guide offers step-by-step tutorials. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 The Basics
Drawing Toolbar
Movie Properties
Work Area and Zoom
Drawing Simple Shapes and Text
Undo Levels
Selecting Graphics
Drawing and Modifying Text
Creating the Text Layer
Setting Text Properties
Creating Title Text
Creating Shadow Text
Linking Text
Moving Text
Drawing and Modifying Shapes
Creating Circles
Duplicating the Circle and Moving the Duplicates
Connecting Circles with Lines
Creating the Background Curve
Creating the Background Fill
Texture Fills and Transparency
Creating New Fill for Circles
Changing Fill of Circles
Creating and Modifying the Transparent Circle
Importing Graphics
Importing an Image
Changing the Photo Settings
2 Animating the Page
Timelines and Frames
Creating the Link Text Symbol
Creating the Logo Layer
Adding an Additional Background Layer
Creating Some Layers for the Circles
Frames and Animation
Tweening and Keyframes
Adding Keyframes to the Shelley Biotech Page
Movement Tweening
Animating the Tan Background Curve
A Quick Word about Onion-Skinning
Animating the Link Spheres
Animating the Address Text
Animating the Text Links
Animating the Header Text
Shape Tweening
Creating the Beginning S Shape
Applying Shape Tweening to the S. Adding Shape Hints
Fading in the White Background
Fading in the Office Photo
Fading in the Logo Lines
Changing the Color of the Text Links
Fading in the Link Spheres
Changing the Color of the Address Text
3 Making the Page Interactive
Creating Symbols
Using the Library to Access Your Symbols
Editing Symbols
Changing Symbol Types
Creating Buttons
Changing the Link Circle Symbol's Properties
Changing the Instance Properties for the Link Spheres
Adding the Web Links to the Buttons
Testing the Links
Button Actions
Opening the Button Frame Action Window
Adding the Keyframes for Button Actions
Creating the Hit Frame
Creating the Over Frame
Creating the Down Frame
Testing the Button Actions
Sound Effects
Adding a Sound to the Library
Using the Macromedia Sound Library
Adding Sound to the Buttons
Testing the Sound Effect
4 Publishing to the Web
Finishing Touches
Deciding What Resolution to Use
Deciding Which Platforms to Use
Deciding Which Flash Version or File Type to Use
Choosing Format Settings
Choosing Flash Settings
Choosing HTML Settings
Publishing the Movie
Viewing the Size Report
Optimizing the Movie
Writing the HTML for the .swf File
Creating a Non-Flash Version of the Page
A Few Final Web Publishing Issues
Adding a Scene to the Current Movie
Modifying the Preload Scene
Creating the Preloading Animation
Adding the Action Code
Putting in a Stop Action
Detecting the Plug-In
Modifying the Movie for Flash Detection
Creating the HTML Page for This Movie
Web Server Settings
Configuring Apache
Configuring IIS 4.0
5 Fine-Tuning Graphics
Getting Started
Drawing the Needle Graphic
Filling in Needle Texture
Tilting the Needle
Drawing the Thread
Creating the Button Texture
Creating the Buttonholes
Adding the Thread Fill to the Buttonholes
Creating the Text
Coloring the Text
Adding the Photographic Image
Brush Effects
Creating the Shadow for the Button and Photo
Creating Gradient for Shadows
Modifying the Shadow Gradient
6 Advanced Animation
Animating Symbols
Creating the Button Symbol
Animating the Button
Creating Other Symbols
Opening Sequence
Getting Started
Moving the Button Image
Fading in the Thread Image
Stitch Text Animation and Fading
Fashion Text Animation and Fading
Blues Text with Motion Layer
Needle Rotation, Fading, and Movement
Text Shadow Movement, Shape, and Tint
Photograph Fade-in
Background Music
Creating the New Movie
Creating the First Button
Creating the Second Button
Creating the Movie Clip
Inserting the Buttons in the Movie