Crash course in Flash?

25 Nov 2005 - 8:41am
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Petteri Hiisilä
2004

Hi,

It looks like I should use Flash to create mock-ups/wireframes/demos
for some of my future projects, but I haven't used Flash before. Can
anyone recommend a good tutorial, either a website or a book, for
this purpose?

Best,
Petteri

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Petteri Hiisilä
Senior Interaction Designer
IX Design / +358505050123 / petteri.hiisila at ixdesign.fi

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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25 Nov 2005 - 9:14am
Suresh JV
2004
25 Nov 2005 - 9:14am
Anjali Arora, NYU
2004

Hi Petteri,

A good place to start is the tutorials that come bundled with the software.
These usually give a great overview of what can be done.

Other than that, I'd say check out the Oreilly series on Flash: Actionscript
by Colin Moock, among others.

Some web sites:
www.flashkit.com
www.kirupa.com
http://www.actionscript.org/

-Anjali
www.artbrush.net

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Hi,

It looks like I should use Flash to create mock-ups/wireframes/demos
for some of my future projects, but I haven't used Flash before. Can
anyone recommend a good tutorial, either a website or a book, for
this purpose?

Best,
Petteri

--
Petteri Hiisilä
Senior Interaction Designer
IX Design / +358505050123 / petteri.hiisila at ixdesign.fi

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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25 Nov 2005 - 9:24am
sajid saiyed
2005

I am using Flash since past more then 6 years.
I have also written tutorial for Macromedia.
For a beginner, here is my advice:

Learn from Source:
---------------------------
I feel the best way to start is to explore the Help File that come with Flash.

Join communities:
--------------------------
Flash has a big fan following and there are a number of online
communities you can approach. They have forums which are always
active.

www.flashkit.com
www.flashmx2004.com
www.actionscript.org
www.kirupa.com (as someone already mentioned this)

Mailing lists:
-----------------
A great deal of discussion is happening on mailing lists.
The best being Chattyfig.

You can get quick responce to your questions here:
http://chattyfig.figleaf.com

Books:
---------
Macromedia press published books in the seriec called "Training from
the source":
One such good book is: "Macromedia Flash MX 2004 : Training from the Source"
Search on Amazon and u will get it.

Hope this helps.

There is lot happening with Flash and I am also developing quick
prototypes using Flash.

Let me know if you need more information.

--Sajid

On 11/25/05, Suresh J V <suresh.jv at ranal.com> wrote:
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> Look here. And start from the Flash 5 Tutorials.
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> http://www.kirupa.com/developer/flash8/index.htm
> http://www.kirupa.com/developer/mx2004/index.htm
> http://www.kirupa.com/developer/flash5/home.htm
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>
> Regards,
> Suresh JV.
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25 Nov 2005 - 9:33am
niklasw
2005

Here's another one that I kind of liked. Don't know of it's quality
compared to others but it worked for me. What I like with movies is
that you can quickly skip stuff you don't want.

http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modListing.asp?pid=1&h=1

--Niklas

On 25/11/05, Petteri Hiisilä <petteri.hiisila at ixdesign.fi> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> Hi,
>
> It looks like I should use Flash to create mock-ups/wireframes/demos
> for some of my future projects, but I haven't used Flash before. Can
> anyone recommend a good tutorial, either a website or a book, for
> this purpose?
>
> Best,
> Petteri
>
> --
> Petteri Hiisilä
> Senior Interaction Designer
> IX Design / +358505050123 / petteri.hiisila at ixdesign.fi
>
> "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
> - Ralph Waldo Emerson
>
>
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25 Nov 2005 - 9:39am
Dave Malouf
2005

Hi Petteri,

Besides a good tutorial, like the ones that have been mentioned already, I
find that it is almost imperative to have a good reference guide. Macromedia
has published 2 good reference guides for Flash that I feel are pretty
essential once you are done with the tutorials and are useful until you are
an expert. They are the Flash Reference and the ActionScript Reference. I
don't know what is out specifically for Studio 8, but these were available
for Flash MX 2004 pretty much right when they came out.

Something else to remember is that Flash has a lot of self-teaching tools in
the actionscripting arena anyway. (and isn't that where all the fun stuff
is?) The internal Help has a great reference, and the auto-complete
functionality is REALLY useful because it tells me when I'm wrong. i.e. If
the auto-complete doesn't appear after I type a method or property that I
think is write, it probably means I'm worng (not 100%, but close enough to
be helpful).

Enjoy!

-- dave

28 Nov 2005 - 12:05am
Shankar, Ravi
2004

www.lynda.com has the best tutorials I've seen.

Ravi Shankar

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