This is the companion site for Learning Flash CS4 Professional (O’Reilly).
Please explore the pages above for more info about the book, downloadable source files, table of contents, portfolio project site, and much more.
Learning Flash CS4 Professional is project-based, encouraging you to build a portfolio web site as you progress through the book. At the bottom of this page is a link that will launch the portfolio so you’ll see what you’ll be building.
Adapted from the Preface:
In each chapter, topics are first introduced in short, digestible exercises that convey an idea, demonstrate a tool, or explain a script’s syntax. At the end of each chapter, in a reinforcing, real-world scenario, these skills are applied to an ongoing portfolio you will complete by book’s end.
The portfolio is unique in serving the book’s goals. It was conceived to be more than a standard top- or left-frame navigation website. The portfolio was created to highlight all the major features that Flash CS4 Professional has to offer and to push the limits of the average Flash authoring experience.
Assets were intentionally designed to create problems to solve, such as how best to add expressive movement to a complex animation and how to optimize large files for quicker download. Design ideas were chosen because they offered opportunities to solve these and other problems in creative ways.
The book was planned so that you don’t have to invest a lot of time in a project you have no interest in building. Yet, if you do choose to practice what you’ve learned in each chapter by applying your new skills to on ongoing project, you’ll hone your chops that much quicker.