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Flash Professional CS5 Digital Classroom, (Book and Video Training) Paperback – Jul 26 2010
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From the Back Cover
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
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.