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Flash Professional CS5 Digital Classroom, (Book and Video Training) Paperback – Jul 26 2010


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You have a personal tutor in the Digital Classroom

If you want expert instruction that fits into your schedule, the Digital Classroom series delivers. Adobe Certified Experts guide you through 15 lessons, helping you learn essential Flash Professional CS5 skills at your own speed. Full-color, step-by-step instructions in the book are enhanced with video tutorials on the DVD. With this Digital Classroom training package, you have your own private instructor showing you the easiest way to learn Flash Professional CS5.

  • Create cool vector-based artwork, type, and animation with Flash

  • Use the animation engine and Motion Editor to create animation you can duplicate, save, and reuse

  • Build complex motion graphics with movie clips and inverse kinematics tools

  • Control movies and create interactive controls with ActionScript®

  • Import graphics from Photoshop® and Illustrator® and add music or video

  • Create complex interactivity using code snippets

A Complete Training Package!

  • Full-color, step-by-step instructional book

  • Video training from Adobe Certified Experts

Tutorials and lesson files on companion DVD

About the Author

Fred Gerantabee is an expert Flash and Silverlight designer, developer, and instructor. He has served as the training manager for AGI Training, and currently leads the UI/UX Development team at BrandWizard Technologies in New York.

The AGI Creative Team develops and delivers training programs through the American Graphics Institute.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
great resource for beginners or those wanting to refresh their skills in the new CS5 version of Flash. Sept. 6 2010
By Monica Surrency - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great resource for a wide range of Flash users. If you are a beginner, this is a great book with easy to follow step by step instructions that include full color images along with supplemental video tutorials. The book covers items from beginning animation to action script and including audio and video into your Flash projects. The instructions are written for PC and Mac.

I have used Flash since the old MX version and have gone through many upgrades; this book is good reference tool for learning the new features in CS5. I'm a working professional with no time to take a classes to keep up with the new features in the new creative suite; so this is like having a classroom at my fingertips.

Although there is a lot of helpful information on Action Script in here; this is probably not a book advanced coders would use. However, if you are not an advanced coder and just want an easy to understand information on how to use/create basic and practical action scripting; this book does a great job.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The easiest way to learn flash Jan. 2 2011
By Cory lanza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have never used Flash before I read this. I got this because I thought it would be better than taking a course, and I was right. Not only is it much cheaper than taking a course, but it gives just as much information if not more about Flash. I am only thirteen and I fully understood the book and thought it was easy to read. It comes with a helpful DVD with the most important parts of each of the fifteen lessons, however it doesn't contain everything in the book. The book explains all of the concepts of Flash from the basics to the advanced all in step by step instructions. It contains everything you need to know about Flash like animation, actionscript, using imported files from photoshop, and navigation controls.
I personally am learning Flash so I can create animations and build a website using Flash and I found out everything I need to know and more about that and all the other uses of Flash. whether you have Windows or Macintosh it has the controls for either one. I rate this book five stars and say that anyone who wants to laern Flash should buy it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Great Resource for all Flash Users Dec 13 2010
By E. Politis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been using Flash for many years, and I own several Flash resources. I find myself going back to this book, not only because it's the most up-to-date reference I have, but also because the content is presented quite well. I've learned quite a bit from the other Digital Classroom editions, so I was pleased to learn that the series would be continuing with CS5. The lessons are easy to follow and convey their intended information clearly. The training DVD is also an excellent feature, as it's very helpful to follow along with the lesson (particularly if you have two screens), and see it "in action." Great for the beginner, as well as seasoned Flash users who want to learn a bit about the new features in CS5.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Takes the mystery out of Flash Oct. 22 2010
By CreativeMom - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a long-time Flash user, so I can't compare this book to other resources or previous versions. However, I can tell you that I got a lot out of this book - it made Flash much more approachable for me, and gave me the confidence to really explore the program. The lessons are written in such a way that I didn't fell "talked down to," it was like a knowledgeable friend walking me through the steps. I love having this book and the DVD tutorials here at home so I can work at my own pace, mark up the book, cross reference when needed, and just have fun while I'm learning. The only minor negative I can share (and it's actually a compliment to the writers of the book) is that I am having so much fun with Flash now that I find myself spending hours immersed in the program! Thanks to the knowledge I gained from these lessons, I feel confident adding proficiency in Flash to my resume.

If you are looking for a book that will give you a solid foundation in Flash, look no further. You'll be happy with this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Assumes Facts Not in Evidence May 23 2014
By John A Lee III - Published on Amazon.com
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I did learn some things with this tutorial but what I learned was not immediately of use to me. I will need to explore a new tutorial and that surprises me because, by and large, the Digital Classroom series has served me well.

Part of my problem is that the edition I had was for CS5 and I have CS5.5. The versions seem mostly to be the same but there are a few differences that popped up from time to time to bog me down. This I cannot blame on the book.

A bigger problem for me is that the book often assumed knowledge that I did not have. That has never been a problem for me with this series of books but it was this time. I had only the vaguest notion of Flash to begin with. I knew it was somehow associated with animation but that was the extent of my knowledge. It was not enough in this case.

The book did give me an appreciation for some of the capabilities of the Flash application and I was delighted to see some of the work I accomplished in the tutorials but I could not help often feeling, “this is neat but what can I use it for?” I still feel that way.

In case you may wonder why I bought Flash or the tutorial, the application was bundled with a lot of other CS5.5 software when I upgraded from ancient versions. I figured that since I had the software, I might as well learn how to use it.

I will learn but it is going to take some more effort.


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