Flash’s evolution is unique, even for the fast-changing computer software world.
First released in 1996 under the name FutureSplash, it was a tool for creating
web-based animations. It’s still the go-to application for that job; however,
along the way it’s acquired new capabilities. Today, Flash powers video websites like
YouTube and Hulu (Figure I-1). It’s used to develop desktop applications like eBay
Desktop. As you read this, Flash/ActionScript pros are developing the next generation
of apps for handheld devices like the Droid and the iPhone. Flash has grown
up with the World Wide Web and managed to carve out an important niche. In fact,
there are a whole slew of programs that make use of Flash technology. They include
Flex, Flash Builder, and Flash Catalyst. Still, if you want to learn Flash’s design and
animation features as well as its programming and development features, then Flash
Professional CS5.5 is the place to start.
You can build everything from simple animations to full-fledged iOS and Android apps with Flash CS5.5, but learning this complex program can be difficult—unless you have this fully updated, bestselling guide. Learn how to create gorgeous Flash effects even if you have no programming experience. With Flash CS5.5: The Missing Manual, you'll move from the basics to power-user tools with ease.
Learn animation basics. Discover how to turn simple ideas into stunning animations.
Master Flash's tools. Learn the animation and effects tools with clear explanations and hands-on examples.
Use 3D effects. Rotate objects and make them move in three dimensions.
Create lifelike motion. Use the IK Bones tool to simulate realistic body movements and other linked motions.
Build apps for tablets and smartphones. Create the next generation of iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.
Add multimedia. Incorporate your own audio and video files into Flash.
Create rich interactive animations. Dive into advanced interactivity with easy-to-learn ActionScript examples.