4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2008 11:44 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Does anybody know of a good flash book?

    Mumasatus
      Hello, I'm very new to flash, and wanted to know if any of you knew of a good tutorial/referance book for FLASH CS4 that I could use to help teach myself flash.


      Thanks!
        • 1. Re: Does anybody know of a good flash book?
          Level 7
          Mumasatus,

          > Hello, I'm very new to flash, and wanted to know if any of you
          > knew of a good tutorial/referance book that I could use to help
          > teach myself flash.

          Flash is one of the most versatile tools I know. You can use Flash for
          everything from TV cartoons (no programming at all), to custom slideshows,
          banners, and other Web eye candy (perhaps some programming), to games, music
          players, video players, and applications (potentially heavy programming).

          This means you can focus on quite a variety of disciplines, so for
          anyone to recommend a book, it will probably help to hear more about the
          projects you're interested in pursuing. There are books specifically on
          animation (cartoon or otherwise), on illustration, on making applications,
          on demoing (faking) applications, on programming in general, and even on
          extending the capabilities of the authoring tool.

          If you're interested in a good general-purpose reference -- something to
          give you a broad sense of the basics -- I'll go ahead and mention the
          friends of ED title I just co-authored with my buddy Tom Green (not *that*
          Tom Green, the other one). It's called "Foundation Flash CS4 for
          Designers," and this new edition is nearly 700 pages. We cover the work
          space, the various drawing tools, text, audio, video, two chapters on
          animation, CSS, XML, the UI components, and more.

          http://www.FoundationFlashCS4.com/

          There's also a CS3 version, if you're using CS3:

          http://www.FoundationFlashCS3.com/

          Both of those websites link to the publisher, where you can read sample
          chapters, and Amazon.com sells both for around $25 apiece, which is pretty
          cheap. There aren't any reviews yet for the CS4 edition, but the reviews
          for our CS3 book are generally really good.


          David Stiller
          Contributor, How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS3
          http://tinyurl.com/2cp6na
          "Luck is the residue of good design."


          • 2. Re: Does anybody know of a good flash book?
            Level 7
            One more thing -- I should have mentioned this in my previous reply.

            I'm on these forums quite a bit, so you can get something of an idea of
            the style I tend to use when writing. Same goes for my blog. Speaking for
            myself, I find that it can make a difference how well I learn something
            based on an author's style.

            That's a matter of taste, of course, so no matter whose book you
            consider, see if the publisher makes any sample chapters available, and go
            with whatever tone or style works best for you. Then, when you make your
            purchase, check out the publisher's site again for any late-breaking notes
            or corrections. Tom and I have a few corrections listed on our book sites
            (and you'll find the sample files there too), so that may help you avoid
            frustration if you run across a section that doesn't quite make sense.


            David Stiller
            Adobe Community Expert
            Dev blog, http://www.quip.net/blog/
            "Luck is the residue of good design."


            • 3. Re: Does anybody know of a good flash book?
              szollin
              Hi there,

              I recently took a beginner class and this is what they recommended.

              http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=adobe+cs3+flash +classroom+in+a+book

              Adobe CS3 Flash
              Classroom in a Book

              Maybe they have one already for CS4.

              • 4. Re: Does anybody know of a good flash book?
                Level 7
                Allow me to shamelessly plug my own book (if you are wanting to learn the
                design and animation side of Flash):
                How to Cheat in Flash CS3: The art of design and animation in Adobe Flash
                CS3

                http://tinyurl.com/632rzn

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                > Hello, I'm very new to flash, and wanted to know if any of you knew of a
                > good tutorial/referance book that I could use to help teach myself flash.
                >
                >
                > Thanks!