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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (May 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321701801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321701800
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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I have watched the CD accompaning with the book "Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Classroom in a Book" so far I have watched the Introduction only I will finish watching the remaing CD next month. I have also loved in the CD the "Photoshop" enhancing beautifull Faces.
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This book is much more comprehensive than Adobe's project-oriented line of books. It is targeted at web designers rather than animators so it is perfect for my needs. It is very well written and sometimes humourous in its approach. I recommend it highly.
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This is an easy to follow learning device for Adobe Flash Professional. Great book. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn this program.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c8bafd8) out of 5 stars 93 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c6fc87c) out of 5 stars Basic Skim Over Sept. 19 2010
By Kurt D. Fillmore - Published on Amazon.com
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Not quite what I was looking for. Flash (initially from Macromedia and later from Adobe Systems) is used quite a bit to create animations for web, television, corporate, and film. Unfortunately most of the focus of Flash training seems to be about scripting and interactivity, not the actual process of animation. This book was the recommended text for a motion graphics course I'm taking, however, it really doesn't go into detail as to best practices for animating in flash. Instead it sort of skims across many, many subjects in a very shallow manner. Of course that's what the book claims 'to get you up and running quickly'. Probably should have chosen something else.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7017bc) out of 5 stars Great Way to Learn Adobe Flash CS5 June 3 2010
By Frank Stepanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With the new recent version of Flash CS5, there are lots of new upates that Flash designers are looking forward to, mostly the improved ActionScript interface, better "bones" animation, improved text rendering, improved physics, better cur points for shape tweening, etc.

All the new features are explained in detail in this new version of the every popular Adobe Flash book. The classroom in the book series has been the defacto standard in learning Flash and all its new version updates over the years. This book is no different, the author goes through all the great new features and explains them beautifully and in great detail.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1: Getting Aquainted
Chapter 2: Working with Graphics
Chapter 3: Creating and Editing Symbols
Chapter 4: Adding Animation
Chapter 5: Atriculated Motion and Morphing
Chapter 6: Creating Interactive Navigation
Chapter 7: Using Text
Chapter 8: Working with Sound and Video
Chapter 9: loading and Controlling Flash Content
Chapter 10: Publishing Flash Documents

I really enjoyed chapter (lesson) 6 focusing on interactive navigation. No matter what web technology you use on the web, you always need a navigation system and this chapter really explains it well. The author first talks about the various methods flash designers/developers can create navigation menus with Flash and with other technologies (CSS and JavaScript) and then goes into the example that shows a really neat way of using interactive movies, invisible buttons and a little AS to create a cool looking, visually pleasing menu.

The author also really explains ActionScript 3.0 very well when needed in certain chapters. Its hard to explain some techniques in Flash without covering a little ActionScript and the author really explains exactly what is going on and helps the newbie on how AS does and works with the examples discussed.

This is the best book on learning the basics of the newest version of Flash (CS5) and all the new features as well. A great buy!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7019fc) out of 5 stars A straightforward, clear, and thorough practical introduction to Flash Professional CS5 Oct. 9 2010
By Nate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm pretty familiar with several of the Adobe Creative Suite programs, but I could never quite figure out Flash Professional, at least in the few times I opened it and tried to play around with it. On the one hand, it seems like a content design and animation program; on the other hand, it seems like it's a visual programming interface. Because of that, the timeline doesn't quite work the way you'd expect if you come to it from programs like Premiere Pro or After Effects. If you want to animate something, for example, you have to create what's called a "motion tween" and each animated object has to have it's own unique "motion tween" layer. Plus, layers work a bit differently than in other Creative Suite Programs like Illustrator or Photoshop.

I knew I was in over my head, and did what I always do when I can't figure out a program: pick up a guide. I think it's helpful to have a broad overview before really trying things on my own, because then even if I don't remember everything from the overview I'll remember what's possible and know where to look when I'm stuck. I've tried other kinds of guides, and found them to be useful for lots of things, but one of the best places I've found to get started with any of the Adobe Creative Suite programs is with the introductory guides they publish, the Classroom in a Book series. The Flash Professional CS5 guide didn't disappoint. This is a highly readable, hands-on guide to the wide range of what's possible with the latest version of Flash Professional. I'm still just getting started, but as a result of working through this book, I think I finally "get" Flash: what you can do with it and how it works.

They get you started doing a very simple animation to get used to the interface, then show you how to create original content, and illustrate the very important notion of symbols and symbol instances, then show the different kinds of animation you can achieve with Flash. Up through chapter 5 what they cover is how to do in Flash what you could do in other programs; it's not quite the same, but the concepts are similar and so I found I could fly through those chapters. It wasn't until chapter 6, the chapter on creating interactive navigation, that I finally felt I "got" Flash, and could finally understand why it's set up the way it is and why the timeline doesn't work the way it does in other similar programs. In a nutshell, the basic idea is that the timeline includes all of the content of an interactive Flash movie, and the programmer/designer can specify which parts of the movie to playback and how to play them based on user interactions. So a simple animation or movie is just a special case of what's possible with Flash.

I would suggest that for anyone who is coming to Flash from other programs that use a timeline, you would do best to start out with chapter 1 and then skip to chapter 6, to get a better idea of how Flash works to integrate animation and interaction, before going back to see how to create and animate content. In fact, I think it might have been better to organize the chapters that way, since once I "got it" in chapter 6 everything else was much more clear to me. Until then, with chapters 2-5 I found myself wondering why it wouldn't make more sense to just do the content creation and basic animation in other programs like Illustrator and After Effects. Now I understand why Flash is set up the way it is, and how it can work as an excellent stand-alone tool for creating designs, animation, and interactions. Subsequent chapters give more advanced tools for working with text (including dynamic text that can be embedded in a text file and varied while the flash look stays the same), and sound and video in Flash. They also show how you can program a Flash file to call up external content and how to publish the finished product for use on the web or as a self-contained program for use on a desktop.

Like the other books in the Classroom in a Book series that I've worked through (Premiere Pro CS5 CIB, After Effects CS5 CIB, and Illustrator CS5 CIB), this one is clearly written and straightforward. The instructions are precise and the clarifications are direct and to the point. Each lesson tells you what you're going to learn, it has you creating content that gives you a hands-on feel for the concepts that are being explained, and then if offers a series of review questions regarding the most important concepts. They aren't trying to cover everything or to give you all the little tricks for using Flash; but they aim to lead you from the stage of being a complete novice to having a pretty good idea of what can be done with the program. It was exactly what I needed to get started. After that, you are prepared to experiment, but also to see the value of more advanced guides that show different ways to do some sophisticated things with Flash.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c701c78) out of 5 stars SAVE MONEY - BUY THESE BOOKS!!! Nov. 24 2010
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have spents hundreds of $$$ attending classes on Adobe Creative Suite software and these books are better than any instructor of course that I have attended. Save yourself $$$ and purchase the series of these books and learn at your own pace. They are very easy to understand and comes with a CD to assit with instruction. Love them!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c701f6c) out of 5 stars Great book, but the CD was scratched and didn't work! June 15 2011
By Lucius - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this product along with the Actionscript 3.0 Classroom in a book as I needed to learn Flash CS5 quickly so that I could use it to create an interactive application required for a university assignment.

This book gave gave a great introduction to Flash CS5, allowing me to become familiar with the Flash environment and many of its features fast enough so that I still had plenty of time left to complete my assignment. I found that the examples were clear, easy to follow and interesting enough to engage me for hours at a time without becoming boring.

My advice for people that are considering purchasing this product, would be to also purchase the Actionscript 3.0 classroom in a book. The reason for this is because this product is lacking several things which I considered important but were mentioned in the Actionscript 3.0 book (simple things like adding scroll bars to a textbox springs to mind).

My only other criticism of this book is that upon opening the pouch in the back of the book to use the CD I noticed that the disc was badly scratched. Inserting it into my laptop confirmed that it was scratched so bad that it could not be read!
Due to living in Australia and having a tight time frame to work within as a result of my assignment, sending the whole book back just to get a replacement CD was not on the cards, so I had to find a copy of the exercise files online.

I subtracted one star due to the annoyance caused by the scratched disc, this would be a 5 star text otherwise.