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Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Classroom in a Book Paperback – Apr 27 2007
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Covers the basics of Flash, so you'll need another book if you need to go deeper.
This book covers a lot of different, medium size examples.
For one big example, i.e. creating a website in Flash from a to z, try Flash CS3 Visual Quickproject.
For a more advanced book or a reference book, go with Flash CS3 Visual Quickstart. When you're ready to go with ActionScript, try the Flash CS3 Professional Advanced Visual Quickpro.
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I am pretty sure that they are missing critical steps in this book.There is no way I can repeat their lessons this many times and still not get the expected result.
This book will probably work if you need a bit of a brush up, but if you are a complete newbie like me - and can't deal with errors and problems wait for the revised version.
As far as I'm concerned the book is very poorly edited and probably hasn't been beta tested on novice users.
I've used the Classroom in a Book series for Photoshop & Illustrator and they were great so I was expecting to be a fan of this one as well.
Now, after having his students purchase this "pricey" book, our instructor says that he's sorry and wishes he had picked another one. I am sorry he didn't spend more time on his choice before he required us to buy it!
This is the first time that I have ever "reviewed" a book on Amazon, even though I visit this site all the time. I just wanted to give out a little word of warning to folks who are thinking of purchasing it, since I have been so disappointed.
Good luck with your Flash projects, though!
It would seem with what most of what the book instructs the user to do, enough attention to detail was not paid to the #5 working sample: The book takes the user through the steps like he's supposed to be in the driver's seat, hence really learning by doing. But, the animation may not have been 'stripped' of it's finishing steps that it instructs the user to do--they're already done. This was inconsistent with the previous lessons, which had all left enough steps to do from "scratch", as the book guides you through. At one point, I noticed it got a little careless about some of the instruction in that same problematic lesson, and I found that doing one of the steps was literally not possible--and no other details for it were given. It drove me elsewhere to get answers. Extremely frustrating!!
The problem then? I didn't learn anything!
This is the most useless Classroom in a Book program I've used. There is no explanation for why you are supposed to do something. And, they have done so much of the work before you start the lesson that you couldn't possibly create something on your own.
I bought this book hoping I would learn how to create some simple basic flash animations but I can't. So, now I have to look for another book. I wouldn't recommend this book.
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