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Students learn what they need to know to create engaging interactive content with Flash CS5. In addition to learning the key elements of the Flash interface, including panels, timelines, and frames, readers learn how to work with graphics, create and edit symbols, modify text, add interactivity with ActionScript 3.0, and incorporate animation and sound into their projects. They also learn how to prepare and export their finished projects for publishing. This completely revised CS5 course covers the new text engine, Deco drawing tools, Spring feature for inverse kinematics, video enhancements, and more. In addition, this course teaches students all they need to know to create engaging interactive content with ActionScript 3.0 for Flash Professional CS5. Using step-by-step instructions with projects that build on the knowledge acquired in each lesson, readers will learn the fundamentals of adding interactivity to Flash files using ActionScript, starting with using prewritten Code Snippets, but progressing to customizing and writing their own ActionScript code. Students will start with simple navigation and timeline control and progress through controlling animation with ActionScript; using Event Listeners and writing event-handling functions; and controlling loading of and interaction with data, text, video, sound, and images. Students will also learn to use third-party libraries and create Adobe Air applications. This course also covers the improved text-handling tools that are new to Flash Professional CS5.

Course Overview

By the end of the class students will be able to:

  • Work with graphics and manage text in a Flash document
  • Add animations and interactivity
  • Build complex Flash movies that feature more than simple animation
  • Build a Flash Web site by separating timelines into individual 'pages' to create Web site sections
  • Use ActionScript to control the timelines of multiple movie clips. Using multiple movie clip symbols, create complex and well organized animation
  • Construct animated drop-down menus that reveal context-specific choices activated by a mouse over
  • Build animated cursors and add zoomable content
  • Incorporate dynamic forms and learn the difference between dynamic text and input text

Prerequisites

Good working knowledge of HTML or Dreamweaver Basic computer knowledge and familiarity with JavaScript Familiarity with other graphics programs such as Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, or Director is helpful

Course Outline

  • Getting Acquainted

    • Starting Flash and Opening a File
    • Getting to Know the Workspace
    • Working with the Library Panel
    • Understanding the Timeline
    • Organizing Layers in a Timeline
    • Using the Properties Inspector
    • Using the Tools Panel
    • Undoing Steps in Flash
    • Previewing Your Movie
    • Publishing Your Movie
    • Saving Your Movie
    • Finding Resources for Using Flash
    • Checking for Updates
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Working with Graphics

    • Getting Started
    • Understanding Strokes and Fills
    • Creating Shapes
    • Making Selections
    • Editing Shapes
    • Using Gradient and Bitmap Fills
    • Making Patterns and Decorations
    • Creating Curves
    • Creating Transparencies
    • Creating and Editing Text
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Creating and Editing Symbols

    • Getting Started
    • Importing Illustrator Files
    • About Symbols
    • Creating Symbols
    • Importing Photoshop Files
    • Editing and Managing Symbols
    • Changing the Color Effect of Instances
    • Understanding Blend Effects
    • Applying Filters for Special Effects
    • Positioning in 3D Space
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Adding Animation

    • Getting Started
    • About Animation
    • Understanding the Project File
    • Animating Position
    • Changing the Pacing and Timing
    • Animating Transparency
    • Animating Filters
    • Animating Transformations
    • Changing the Path of the Motion
    • Swapping Tween Targets
    • Creating Nested Animations
    • Using the Motion Editor
    • Easing
    • Animating 3D Motion
    • Previewing the Animation
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Articulated Motion and Morphing

    • Getting Started
    • Articulated Motion with Inverse Kinematics
    • Constraining Joints
    • Inverse Kinematics with Shapes
    • Armature Options
    • Morphing with Shape Tweens
    • Using Shape Hints
    • Simulating Physics with Inverse Kinematics
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
    • Download Chapter
  • Creating Interactive Navigation

    • Getting Started
    • About Interactive Movies
    • Creating Buttons
    • Understanding ActionScript 3.0
    • Preparing the Timeline
    • Adding a Stop Action
    • Creating Event Handlers for Buttons
    • Creating Destination Keyframes
    • Creating a Home Button
    • Playing Animation at the Destination
    • Animated Buttons
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Using Text

    • Getting Started
    • Understanding TLF Text
    • Adding Simple Text
    • Adding Multiple Columns
    • Wrapping Text
    • Hyperlinking Text
    • Creating User-input Text
    • Loading External Text
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
    • Download Chapter
  • Working with Sound and Video

    • Getting Started
    • Understanding the Project File
    • Using Sounds
    • Understanding Flash Video
    • Using Adobe Media Encoder
    • Understanding Encoding Options
    • Playback of External Video
    • Working with Video and Transparency
    • Using Cue Points
    • Embedding Flash Video
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Loading and Controlling Flash Content

    • Getting Started
    • Loading External Content
    • Removing External Content
    • Controlling Movie Clips
    • Creating Masks
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Publishing Flash Documents

    • Getting Started
    • Testing a Flash Document
    • Understanding the Bandwidth Profiler
    • Adding Metadata
    • Publishing a Movie for the Web
    • Alternative Publishing Options
    • Review Questions
    • Review Answers
  • Introduction to ActionScript 3.0

    • A brief history of Flash and ActionScript
    • ActionScript 3.0 for new programmers
    • For users of ActionScript 1.0 and 2.0
    • Formats for playing back Flash and ActionScript 3.0 files
    • Flash CS5, Flash Builder 4, and Flex
    • ActionScript in the Flash Timeline vs. external ActionScript files
    • Thatís enough background for now
  • Using Code Snippets and Navigating the Flash Timeline

    • Getting started
    • Adding ActionScript using code snippets
    • Placing code on the Flash Timeline
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Working with Events and Functions

    • Working with event-handling functions
    • Using code snippets to create navigation
    • Creating event listeners
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Creating Animation with ActionScript

    • Reviewing the starting file
    • Controlling movie clip properties with ActionScript
    • Creating animation using ActionScript tweens
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Creating ActionScript in External Files

    • Creating an ActionScript file
    • Creating instances of a class file in Flash
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
    • Download Chapter
  • Using ActionScript and Components to Load Content

    • Creating a List component instance and setting its parameters
    • Adding an instance of the UILoader component
    • Adding a CHANGE event listener to the List component
    • Loading SWF files into a UILoader component
    • Creating the gallery file
    • Adding a scroll bar to the text field
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Creating Preloaders in ActionScript 3.0

    • Tools in the testing environment
    • Creating a text field and progress bar to track loading
    • Inserting ActionScript to track progress of the UILoader component
    • Controlling the frames of a movie clip to reflect loading progress
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Using Arrays and Loops in ActionScript 3.0

    • Examining the starting file
    • Adding MovieClip instances to the Stage from the Flash Library
    • Adding the initial variables
    • Generating multiple instances with a for loop
    • Generating drag-and-drop functionality
    • Creating the game play in an ENTER_FRAME listener
    • Using hitTestObject() to check for collisions
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Controlling Sound with ActionScript

    • Examining the starting file
    • Adding sliders to the project
    • The Sound, SoundChannel, and SoundTransform classes
    • Setting the song titles using a for loop
    • Making the sliders invisible until needed
    • Programming the buttons to select songs
    • Controlling the visibility of the volume and pan controls
    • Adding a listener for the ID3 tags of an MP3 file
    • Adding a text format object
    • Adding the slider controls
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Working with an XML Playlist

    • Understanding the basic structure of an XML file
    • Examining the starting file
    • Replacing the songList array with an XML instance
    • Loading an external playlist using the URLLoader class
    • Responding to COMPLETE and IO_ERROR events
    • Moving the event listeners into the xmlLoaded() function
    • Updating the chooseSong() function
    • Creating hyperlinks using XML data
    • Navigating through the song list
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Using ActionScript and Components to Control Video

    • Examining the Lesson11 folder contents
    • Adding the FLVPlayback component
    • Setting FLVPlayback properties in Flash
    • Adding ActionScript control of FLVPlayback properties
    • Working with color
    • Using cue points with Flash video
    • Adding the FLVPlaybackCaptioning component
    • Playing multiple video files from an XML playlist
    • Using the full-screen publish settings
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Delving Deeper into Graphics and Animation with ActionScript

    • Inverse kinematics in Flash CS5
    • Examining the starting files
    • Working with IK animation in ActionScript
    • Creating Sound and SoundChannel instances
    • Accessing the userís webcam or video camera using ActionScript
    • Using the Bitmap and BitmapData classes
    • Examining the Pixel Bender Toolkit
    • Suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Printing and Sending Email with ActionScript 3.0

    • Examining the starting file
    • Adding a simple email link
    • Sending email from Flash
    • Adding printing capabilities with the PrintJob class
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Creating Adobe AIR Applications with Flash and ActionScript

    • Using AIR-specific ActionScript
    • Specifying Flash publish settings for an AIR project
    • Creating an AIR application
    • Examining the starting file
    • Controlling printing with AIR
    • Listening for drag events
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers
  • Using Third-Party Libraries to Extend ActionScript

    • SDownloading and installing third-party ActionScript libraries
    • Examining the starting files
    • Using the Papervision3D BasicView class
    • Creating the constructor function for the Cube3D class
    • Creating and modifying a 3D cube
    • Animating the 3D cube
    • Adding a movie clip as a material on a 3D object
    • Adding video as a material on a 3D objec
    • Some suggestions to try on your own
    • Review questions
    • Review answers