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Adobe Edge Animate Classroom in a Book Paperback – Nov 8 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (Nov. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032184260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321842602
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.4 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A training book for non-coding designers on creating web-standards compliant animations April 25 2013
By C. Calo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Adobe Edge Animate is a part of the Adobe Edge Suite of HTML5 development tools that was released in September of 2012. The API is built on the Webkit rendering engine and works natively with standards-compliant HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for the creation of animated content that will run seamlessly on desktops, tablets and mobile devices (including iOS), without the need for external browser plugins like Flash Player to play the content. It is aimed at non-programming and hybrid front-end designers who want to create interactive and/or animated web content for mobile and tablet devices that now no longer support the Flash Player. The interface is similar to Flash in that it offers a stage and a similar host of panels -- tools, properties, timeline, elements, and library, and thus will feel very familiar to flash users.

"Adobe Edge Classroom in a Book, The official training workbook from Adobe Systems," takes a step-by-step approach to training, with chapters in creating graphics and importing art, designing animation, refining animation and adding complexity, adding basic interactivity, embedding media and advanced interactivity, and publishing and responsive design. There are seven chapters, each with a guided, step-by-step lesson to give the student hands-on-experience in creating animated content with the material covered in the chapter. The pieces created include -- an advertisement, an animated banner ad, an animated intro for a website for a tv series, an interactive photo gallery, an interactive music festival guide, and a responsive website. The instructions are all clear and concise, and, although HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery are briefly defined, I would prefer a bit more detail, as well as explanations aimed at people who are comfortable with hand-coding. There also could be more information about browser differences in regards to which HTML5 and CSS3 elements are supported along with the work-arounds for non-browser supported elements. The book is a good intro and good for creating a few interactive pieces, but you have to look elsewhere for more detailed explanations of the material covered.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The One-star Rating is based on old information Jan. 8 2013
By John R. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I encountered the same reaction when I first bought the book (i.e., where are the exercise files). Turns out there's a direct link to the files listed in the back of the book. The authors have now modified the book and the first thing you see when you open it is the following:

Where are the Lesson Files? Thank you for purchasing this digital version of: Adobe Edge Animate Classroom in a Book The print version of this title comes with a disc of lesson files. As an eBook reader, you have access to these files by following the steps below:

1. On your PC or Mac, open a web browser and go to this URL:[...]
2. Download the ZIP file (or files) from the web site to your hard drive.
3. Unzip the files and follow the directions for use in the Read Me included in the download. Please note that many of our lesson materials can be very large, especially image and video files.

As for the book's content? It's very good. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I was looking for something a little more advanced as far as creating data-driven applications relying on JQuery and other frameworks. Otherwise, it's a very good intro.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First half of book: Buttons to push, Second half has some javaScript taught March 27 2014
By elby1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book.

It's high-end website design animation oriented but has some nice fun graphics animation lessons, too. There are so many full-on web page design that one can re-purpose many of them without much effort. The Kindle Reader version does not include the all-important lessons disk. But I bought the Kindle version, too, so that I could have the detailed web animation instructions handy without having the book flopping around.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book June 12 2013
By xamp10 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This product is replacing Flash and need to be up to date on new Adobe products....Very helpful on this subject
3.0 out of 5 stars The Classroom in a Book series is a good way to learn Dec 25 2014
By Richard L Sinkler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Classroom in a Book series is a good way to learn. UNTIL ADOBE MAKES UPGRADES TO THE SOFTWARE. When you get to the chapters where you assign actions to events, some of the selections the book references are nowhere to be found. You end up having to hand code the example. Thankfully, the code is in the book. BUT... If it wasn't, you would have to good at Javascript to get anywhere. I thought that was the whole point in having a program like Edge Animate. To bad Peachpit Press doesn't support updates. Even with these issues, the book is not a total loss.