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Adobe Flash CS4 Professional How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques [Paperback]

Mark Schaeffer
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Nov. 26 2008 9780321580047 978-0321580047 1
Users new to the software as well as veteran users unfamiliar with added features need quick access to key features and fundamental techniques. Adobe Flash CS4 Professional: 100 Essential Techniques provides users with what they need to know to start working in Flash. Each technique is presented in a self-contained unit of one or two pages so users can dive in and start working right away, unencumbered by lengthy descriptions or technical detail. For example, if readers want to know how to use Flash's QuickTime export feature, they can turn directly to that page, quickly grasp the technique, as well as pick up a few tips along the way.

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Mark Schaeffer directs the digital media program at Chabot College in Hayward, California, where he teaches courses in Flash, ActionScript, and related topics. Prior to that, he spent 25 years as a writer, designer, and producer of educational and training materials in print, video, and computer-based media. His projects have included interactive demos for Apple and Compaq, Web pages for Levi Strauss and Kaiser Permanente, and video animation for educational publishers such as Houghton Mifflin and McGraw-Hill.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value! Sept. 14 2014
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This book is very easy to read and follow. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak book June 25 2009
By R. Camizzi - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is WEAK. Get one in the top 100 series or the learn visually series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars just OK July 10 2009
By V. mac - Published on Amazon.com
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By its nature this book is somewhat disjointed. It's OK as a starter for some very basic techniques but not great as a reference. It is not well indexed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book for Newbies May 12 2009
By L. Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting more in-depth "how-tos" and definitely more on Spry. Save your money and buy the Flash Bible instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An unnecessary read June 2 2010
By Michael D. Huen - Published on Amazon.com
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The author teaches a Flash Actionscript 3.0 class at a community college, so me being a student of his he made us buy his book. I found the book to be rather shallow. Even as someone who just learned Flash, many of the chapters were unneeded as long as you experimented and played around with Flash. Such an example would be the drawing tools, layers, and folders. If you already know some other Adobe programs like Illustrator of Photoshop you shouldn't have a hard time adapting; however, if you're someone who needs to be hand guided step by step this might be a nice reference.

I found many sections that weren't explicitly written, or, could have used a visual explanation. This book is really for the extreme novice, not the intermediate or expert. Even the novices might want to look elsewhere because this book will probably only last you a couple of months before you pickup the required skills. In fact I only used this book several times before switching to another.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great for getting productive with Flash March 22 2010
By J. Kew - Published on Amazon.com
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Book Review by Pasha Parvaneh

I am a college professor and teach and write curriculum for IT courses into Print and Digital programs using Adobe Design Applications such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash. In such a changing field I need to keep updated at all times to be at least one step ahead of my students.

Last time I taught Flash was the CS version. Recently I have had a contract to update the Flash CS curriculum to CS4 for a post secondary college into Graphic and Web Design 2 year Diploma Program. First, I was very uncomfortable to accept the contract for I knew many things have changed in this application and my knowledge was too outdated. Then, I found Adobe Flash CS4, Professional HOW-TOs - 100 Essential Techniques. Well this book does not come with a training video and even though the information in the book is very organized and some of the steps or the result of the lessons are demonstrated and are easy to follow; this book is more useful for those who are already familiar with Flash to some degree. Personally I am very visual and prefer learning videos (I guess Adobe has already spoiled us learning their applications using their great videos). I suggest this book to be used along with the Flash CS4 Professional, Learn by Video.
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