Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics
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Understanding the project flow


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Video: Understanding the project flow

Before start writing a bunch of code to create our MP3 player, let's take a look at our project plan. If you're following along in the Exercise Files folder, find the Chapter 09 folder and then find the 02 folder, and open up 02_Flow.swf. I'm going to expand this file to take up the full screen. Now let's talk a little bit about the structure of our classes. So we have our Main FLA at the top and that's going to be used to create an instance of a class called the Mp3 player class.
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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Getting the most from this training
      1m 20s
    3. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 15m 26s
    1. Managing digital assets
      4m 8s
    2. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 1s
    3. Creating custom color swatches
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a custom template
      2m 36s
  3. 14m 36s
    1. Working with variables
      3m 41s
    2. Using functions
      3m 29s
    3. Working with events
      2m 11s
    4. Using event listeners
      2m 42s
    5. Working with arrays
      2m 33s
  4. 29m 40s
    1. Understanding dynamic text fields
      2m 37s
    2. Loading text from an external file
      6m 42s
    3. Reading HTML from a text field
      5m 29s
    4. Applying CSS with ActionScript
      6m 59s
    5. Applying external CSS to a text field
      7m 53s
  5. 45m 21s
    1. Masking dynamic text
      4m 58s
    2. Dragging the Scroll Bar
      7m 3s
    3. Calculating a scroll percent
      5m 20s
    4. Setting scroll boundaries
      4m 8s
    5. Connecting the ScrollBar to the text field
      2m 54s
    6. Easing the text with the ScrollBar
      4m 11s
    7. Scrolling the text with buttons
      2m 38s
    8. Animating the scrolling text with the buttons
      4m 25s
    9. Setting boundaries for the scrolling text
      4m 25s
    10. Easing the text using the buttons
      1m 37s
    11. Connecting the ScrollBar to the Scroll buttons
      3m 42s
  6. 20m 45s
    1. Organizing a complex object into layers
      1m 51s
    2. Duplicating MovieClips
      1m 29s
    3. Undocking the timeline
      1m 20s
    4. Animating a complex MovieClip
      4m 36s
    5. Creating an animated Hinge effect
      5m 12s
    6. Creating complex animations
      6m 17s
  7. 28m 0s
    1. Controlling objects with buttons
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding frame labels
      3m 24s
    3. Using buttons to navigate labeled frames
      2m 30s
    4. Nesting code within MovieClips
      5m 8s
    5. Adding sound to the application
      2m 34s
    6. Adding drag interactivity to the robot
      6m 1s
    7. Animating the dragged robot
      4m 17s
  8. 20m 2s
    1. Understanding components
      2m 30s
    2. Using components to setup a form
      3m 45s
    3. Setting up the form to send an email
      3m 38s
    4. Working with form variables
      6m 10s
    5. Skinning components
      3m 59s
  9. 27m 35s
    1. Using transparency in a video
      4m 16s
    2. Working with embedded video
      3m 37s
    3. Animating a VideoClip
      2m 53s
    4. Creating an advanced animation with video
      2m 40s
    5. Working with the bitmap data class
      3m 36s
    6. Working with the bitmap class
      1m 39s
    7. Copying the video to create a reflection
      1m 35s
    8. Reflecting the video
      2m 41s
    9. Enhancing a video reflection with a mask
      4m 38s
  10. 1h 38m
    1. Viewing the finished MP3 player
      1m 45s
    2. Understanding the project flow
      2m 51s
    3. Preparing to build the MP3 player
      5m 10s
    4. Understanding classes and packages
      5m 31s
    5. Creating the MP3 player class
      9m 58s
    6. Loading sounds from external files
      9m 19s
    7. Accessing ID3 tag information
      6m 11s
    8. Controlling sound playback with Play and Pause buttons
      11m 3s
    9. Changing tracks
      12m 0s
    10. Displaying the current volume
      9m 33s
    11. Changing the volume
      6m 40s
    12. Wiring the progress bar
      8m 4s
    13. Building the progress bar slider
      10m 3s
  11. 5m 35s
    1. Making Flash movies accessible
      1m 48s
    2. Adding a name and description to your Flash movie
      52s
    3. Accessibility and text fields
      2m 55s
  12. 11m 58s
    1. Understanding Flash Mobile
      35s
    2. Exploring Device Central
      1m 44s
    3. Updating Device Profiles
      1m 6s
    4. Creating a Flash file from Device Central
      2m 7s
    5. Creating and testing Flash Lite applications
      2m 47s
    6. Downloading the Flash Lite player for Windows Mobile
      1m 43s
    7. Getting a Flash Lite application onto your phone
      1m 56s
  13. 27s
    1. Goodbye
      27s

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Through several hands-on tutorials, instructor Todd Perkins shows how to best build dynamic, streamlined sites using Flash CS3 Professional. Learn how to create custom keyboard shortcuts, apply advanced text techniques such as animating scrolling text with custom easing controls, and using advanced animation techniques. Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics covers many challenging features, including adding complex interactivity to a Flash CS3 project and getting Flash content on a phone. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Flash CS3 and managing assets Working with ActionScript variables Understanding dynamic text fields Adding interactivity to dynamic text Animating a complex MovieClip Using buttons to navigate labeled frames Working with components Exploring advanced audio and video techniques Creating accessible Flash content Understanding Flash Mobile
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Understanding the project flow

Before start writing a bunch of code to create our MP3 player, let's take a look at our project plan. If you're following along in the Exercise Files folder, find the Chapter 09 folder and then find the 02 folder, and open up 02_Flow.swf. I'm going to expand this file to take up the full screen. Now let's talk a little bit about the structure of our classes. So we have our Main FLA at the top and that's going to be used to create an instance of a class called the Mp3 player class.

And all the classes we'll use will be custom classes that we create. The Mp3 player class will act as the master class for our Mp3 player. Through the MP3 player class, we'll create an instance of a class called the SoundLoader class. The SoundLoader class will control loading and playing of all of our songs. The Mp3 player class will also hold properties that are instances of the PlayPauseButton class, the SkipButtons class, VolumeControl class, and the ProgressSlider class.

These instances will be created through the SoundLoader class. The classes on the right will control the interactivity elements. So first we have the PlayPauseButton class. This class will control the playing and pausing of the sounds. It will do that by communicating through the Mp3Player class to the SoundLoader class to control the sound. The SkipButtons class will control the next and the previous buttons for the Mp3 player. Like to PlayPauseButton class, the SkipButtons class will communicate to the SoundLoader through the Mp3Player class to control skipping tracks in the sound.

The VolumeControl class will work in the same way. It will communicate through the Mp3Player class to the SoundLoader class to control the volume of the songs. The ProgressSlider class will also work in the same way. It will communicate through the Mp3Player class to the SoundLoader class to display and set the progress of the songs that are playing. So we're going to be creating a lot of classes and they're all going to be working with each other.

We're going to be writing a lot of code throughout this chapter, and if any of the code sounds unfamiliar or classes even sound unfamiliar, I definitely recommend viewing the ActionScript 3.0 in Flash CS3 Essential Training title. That will give you a lot of practice in working with sound and practice working with classes. Throughout this chapter if you ever get confused about the structure of our project or how objects are communicating to each other, you can always come back to this file and take a look in a how the structure our classes is setup.

So now that we have a good idea of how our application's going to be set up, let's start making it.

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