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Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Classroom in a Book [Paperback]

Adobe Creative Team
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April 27 2007 0321499824 978-0321499820 1
This project-based guide from Adobe will teach readers all they need to know to create engaging interactive content with Flash CS3. Using step-by-step instructions with projects that build on the knowledge learned in each lesson, readers will learn the key elements of the Flash interface, including panels, timelines, and frames. From there, readers will learn how to work with vector and bitmap graphics; create and edit symbols; modify text and add interactivity with ActionScript 3.0; and incorporate animation, music, and sound to their projects. They'll also learn how to prepare and export their finished projects for Web and broadcast. Of course, readers will also learn how to take advantage of the new features of Flash CS3--the streamlined user interface, native support for Photoshop and Illustrator files, revamped drawing tools, new video encoding features, code editing enhancements, and much more. The companion CD provides users with all the sample files they need to complete all of the projects.

Educational instructor notes—created to help teachers plan, organize, and time their lessons—are available for this book (and for other Classroom in a Book titles) at www.peachpit.com/instructorresources.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for complete beginners June 19 2008
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This is a relatively good book if you're a complete beginner and learn by practicing.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a beginner Dec 30 2008
I had only just learned Dreamweaver and wanted to learn Flash as well. It's a difficult program to learn, but this book really does a great job as a substitution for an actual classroom. I've been able to create dynamic websites and fun animations. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Flash, but doesn't know where to begin.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Careless, sloppy, garbage June 9 2007
By M. Maddux - Published on Amazon.com
There's nothing more frustrating than investing 2 hours to do one lesson in this book only to realize there are missing steps. So you think you must have done something wrong and try again. But no, it's just a terrible book. Several chapters have missing steps which screws up your entire project. Save your money or buy a different Flash CS3 book. ANY OTHER BOOK. What a waste. If there were a zero star rating, I'd rate it at zero.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the revised version Aug. 28 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I spent hours struggling with this book because it was an assigned text book at my school.

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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better to pass this one up... Sept. 27 2007
By Corkdoggie - Published on Amazon.com
I have several of the "Classroom in a Book" series, and have always been happy with them. However, this one has been quite a disappointment to me. Especially, since I only bought it because it was required for a class that I'm taking.

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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Prepared lessons, not consistent Nov. 1 2007
By J. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
I'd gotten as far through the book as I could where things had worked, and worked fairly; lessons 1-4. Then with lesson 5, different story.
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!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not made for beginners Nov. 24 2007
By K. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
I have finished the first eight lessons out of ten. The project I created in each lesson is exactly like the one they show you before you start, which means that I did them right.

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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