Notes on Adobe (formerly Adobe)'s Flash and Flex software to create animated interactive web sites that load slowly but work quickly.
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Animated gifs are simply several image files shown in quick succession. Pixels which don't change from one image to another do not change because they are repeated in every file.
Flash loads quicker than animated gifs because Flash doesn't repeat pixels.
Flash can display colors beyond the 265 color limit of gif files.
Examples of what you can do: Sound effects, Bouncing ball
How is Flash different than Shockwave?
How is Flash different than Flex?
Competitors include OpenLaszlo, the first opensource RIA (Rich Internet Application).
The Adobe Flash product home page has examples of how the product is used.
Download a trial version of Flash or Flash MX.
Adobe Dreamweaver Mx 2004: Hands-On Training (Addison-Wesley, 22 December, 2003) by Garo Green, Lynda Weinman
<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" />
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" />
<param name="movie" value="MyVideoShowcase.swf" />
<param name="quality" value="high" />
<param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" />
<embed src="MyVideoShowcase.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="665" height="385"
name="MyVideoShowcase" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" allowFullScreen="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"
<object> tags are standards compliant but not Microsoft-compliant (because of the <embed> recognized by IE)
"AC" ia an abbreviation for "Active Content". "FL" ia a contraction of "Flash".
It can be intimidating to see the Flash workspace anew. It doesn't help that help appears in another sliver of a panel instead of a floating window.
Minimize a panel by clicking the title.
The Flash screen is divided into several panes:
The menu bar: File Edit View Insert Modify Text Commands Control Window Help
Bruce Hamilton's tutorial demonstrates Tweening by converting
Flash Exchange and Dreamweaver Exchange
To embed flash movies in a webpage using a standards-compliant HTML coding, Drew McLellan in 2002 wrote Flash "satay": Embedding Flash While Supporting Standards
He observes that the GUID used in the classid attribute was specific to each browser’s ActiveX configuration, so it can be replaced with type="application/x-shockwave-flash".
IE/Windows doesn’t stream the movie, but waits for the whole movie to download before playing it. So, he creates a small container movie in the first frame loads the real movie the user should see.
Convert movies from MPG to SWF with Riva.
v2.1, dated 7/16/2008, is 9,759 bytes (from Google).
SWFObject 2 is the approach recommended for displaying YouTube
SWFObject 2 integrates the UFO library from Bobby van der Sluis.
Run this LoadRunner script.
computerarts.co.uk, the digital counterpart of a print magazine, features news, product reviews, and extensive tutorials that cover all sorts of digital design programs, including a plethora of learning tools for Flash.
ultrashock.com has tutorials, user forums, downloadable FLA files, articles, games, and cartoons, all wrapped up in an incredibly cool interface.
Ellen Finklestein, a fellow For Dummies author, offers Flash tutorials on easier drawing methods, changing the pace of tweened animation, creating hyperlinked text, and sculpting shapes.
swift3d.com contains tutorials for using this powerful desktop application for creating good-liking 3-D Flash animations.
actionscripts.org orders its tutorials for beginner, intermediate, to advanced scripters.
flash-creations.com by Helen Triolo features up-to-date tutorials on ActionScript syntax, code snippets, sound files, and sources, as well as a myriad of other invaluable online resources.
communitymx.com offers Flash information and tutorials. There is also a section devoted to Flash extensions.
flashstreamworks.com has lots of Flash information, including tutorials and links to cool Flash broadband sites.
were-here.com xis chock-full of tutorials for ActionScript and Swift3D, including tutorials that show you how to create mouse trails, arrays, drag-and-drop movie clips, and dynamic text, as well as how to control a movie clip with a slider. This is an excellent and well-respected source for free Flash tutorials.
flashkit.com has great Flash tutorials and sounds for your Flash movies.
lynda.com by web design rock-star Lynda is packed with Flash tips, downloads, links, and techniques, as well as many free resources, including articles about color, inspirational Web sites, tips, and resource links.
flzone.net features tutorials, extensions, Flash source files, and sounds, as well as demos and forums.
moock.org has answers to technical questions and Flash examples from the mundane to the obscure. In addition, you'll find helpful ActionScript tutorials on this site.
Powerpoint files require a special program to read and edit. So convert PPT to Flash .swt files which internet browsers can read -- immediately thanks to Flash streaming technology. Flash files are compressed, so they are =smaller than PPT files. This scrambling also protects individual elements of the presentation from being pirated.
The OpenOffice freeware Powerpoint editor can save a powerpoint file as a flash file. But it doesn't export transitions nor animations, so there's not much point in converting, if you pardon the pun.
Using a converter enables one to avoid having to learn Flash Actionscript programming, especially if you are already comfortable with Powerpoint.
However, there are several content development features Flash has over Powerpoint.
To bridge the features gap, the $198 (XP/2002 and 2003) PowerPoint menu add-in from knowledgedirectweb enables you to insert interactive quizzes and games as "learning objects". It also has a PPT2Flash utility.
$100 PowerPointForce (introduced 2006) both converts both PowerPoint and Word to WebCT LMS and SCORM as well as Flash.
Converters need to export vector images and graphics so that they are kept in their intended size and shape when imported into Flash.
Some converters create a separate SWF file for each Powerpoint slide rather than all slides in one SWF file.
AMF (Action Message Format) a Adobe proprietary protocol that allows Flash Remoting binary data to be exchanged between a Flash application and an application server over HTTP.
Houses of Flash creativity:
AIR (previously code named Mercury and then Apollo)
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