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Macromedia Flash 8 Fundamentals Tutorial


Macromedia Flash 8 has continued the application's trend of being the industry standard tool for developing animation and rich media content for internet delivery. In this tutorial, author Rick Martin starts from the ground up and gives you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Flash 8. He covers general concepts such as Flash movie architecture and animation basics and guidelines, as well as more specific topics like getting the most out of the Flash tools and panels. Along the way he includes drawing and compositing, importing bitmaps, video and sound, as well as a section on ActionScript that shows you how to use easy-to-understand scripts to bring your Flash presentations to life. By the end of the tutorial, he starts you down the path to eventually becoming a fully fledged Flash developer. To begin learning Macromedia Flash 8 Fundamentals today, simply click on one of the movie links below.

Welcome and Overview

Welcome and About This Course
What's New in Flash Professional and Basic 8
What's New in Flash Professional 8 Only
Flash Basic 8 vs. Professional 8
Quick Start pt. 1
Quick Start pt. 2
Quick Start pt. 3
Quick Start pt. 4
A Note About Design Methods
Flash Active Content Update Extension

Flash Basics

Flash 8 Startup Screen
Interface Overview
Maximizing Your Workspace
File Types
Vectors vs. Bitmaps
Find and Replace

Symbols and Instances

Symbols and Instances Overview
Creating Symbols
Editing Symbols
Instance Names
9-Slice Scaling
Runtime Bitmap Caching

Animation

Animation Overview
Keyframes and Tweening
Types of Tweening and Restrictions
Easing
Motion Guides
Shape Tweening
Shape Tweening Text
Shape Hints
Troubleshooting Tweens

Flash Movie Architecture

Scenes
Layers / Stacking and Levels
Nesting

Preferences and Customizing

General Preferences pt. 1
General Preferences pt. 2
ActionScript
Auto Format
Clipboard
Drawing pt. 1
Drawing pt. 2
Text and Warnings
Customizing Tools Panel
Keyboard Shortcuts
Rulers / Units and Document Properties
Guides
Grid
Snapping
Edit Snapping

Tools

Tools Overview
Selection Tool pt. 1
Selection Tool pt. 2
Subselection Tool
Free Transform Tool
Gradient Transform Tool
Line and Pen Tools
Lasso Tool
Lasso Tool Magic Wand Modifier
Text Tool
Oval / Rectangle and PolyStar Tools
Pencil Tool
Brush Tool
Brush Modes
Ink Bottle and Paint Bucket Tools
Eyedropper Tool
Eraser Tool
Colors
Hand and Zoom Tools

Panels

Panels Overview
Properties Panel
Info
Transform
Color Mixer
Color Swatches
History
Project
Accessibility
Movie Explorer pt. 1
Movie Explorer pt. 2

Library Panel

Library Panel Overview
Library Basics
Folders and Organization
Symbol Properties
Other Item Properties
Duplicating and Swapping

The Timeline

Timeline Overview
Layers and Layer Folders
Layer Properties and Menus
Managing Frames and Keyframes
Timeline Effects
Editing Multiple Frames

Drawing / Organizing and Compositing

Artwork Interaction
Combining Objects
Arrange Menu
Aligning and Distributing
Grouping
Blending
Blending Modes pt. 1
Blending Modes pt. 2
Color Styles Modifier
Filters
Filter Settings
Masking Basics
Creative Masking
Stroke Properties pt. 1
Stroke Properties pt. 2
Buttons
Animated Buttons

Text

Text Overview
Static Text Options
Dynamic and Input Text Options
Embedding Fonts
Spell Checking

Bitmaps

Overview and Importing
Image Quality and File Size
Modifying Bitmaps
Tracing Bitmaps

Video

Video Overview
Deployment Methods
Encoding pt. 1
Encoding pt. 2
Skinning and Playback Component

Sound

Overview / Importing and Placing
Effect Settings
Sync and Loop
Compressing Sounds pt. 1
Compressing Sounds pt. 2

ActionScript

ActionScript Overview
Actions Panel pt. 1
Actions Panel pt. 2
Debugger and Output Panels
Targeting and Instance Names pt. 1
Targeting and Instance Names pt. 2
Object Properties
Timeline Control
Variables
Conditional Statements pt. 1
Conditional Statements pt. 2
onEnterFrame pt. 1
onEnterFrame pt. 2
Button Actions pt. 1
Button Actions pt. 2
Functions
GetURL
Preloaders pt. 1
Preloaders pt. 2
Preloaders pt. 3

Components and Behaviors

Components Overview
Component Parameters
Behaviors

Publishing

Exporting and Formats
Flash Publish Settings
HTML Publish Settings
Bandwidth Profiler

Conclusion

Wrap-up and Resources
About The Author


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