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Mordy Golding demonstrates how to be more productive, efficient, and creative by taking advantage of Adobe Illustrator to create pixel-perfect web graphics and interactive Flash content. Illustrator CS4 for the Web investigates the pros and cons of pixel- and vector-based web graphics, demonstrates efficient workflows, and explores the creative options available in Illustrator. Mordy also covers design techniques, such as creating typography that works well on screen, adding reflections, and making Flash animations. He discusses new Illustrator CS4 features, including using multiple artboards, bringing art into Dreamweaver, and utilizing Flash Catalyst. Exercise files accompany the course.
Whenever I speak about Flash, I always get a couple of questions about SVG. SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, and it is a vector-based file format that's used on the Web. But in reality, the similarity between SVG and Flash end pretty much there. While Flash is a format that's owned by Adobe, SVG is an open standard. It's not owned by any particular company, and it's developed under the auspices of the W3C or the World Wide Web Consortium. When it was first introduced, there was a tremendous amount of momentum behind SVG. However lately, Flash has become the de facto standard across the Web.
And because of that, in this particular video title we deal specifically with Flash workflows, not SVG. However, if you are intriguing by SVG or you want to learn more, you might want to visit Adobe's SVG zone. The Web address for that is www.adobe.com/svg. But I will tell you though that this is information that really hasn't been updated in a long time. In fact, if I scroll down the page over here, you will see that Adobe makes numerous references to CS2 and also GoLive, a project that Adobe no longer ships. But if you really like to find the most up-to-date information about SVG, go ahead and visit SVG.org. Being that it is an open standard, there are really many different things that can happen to SVG over time.
For example, more functionality may be added and it may be supported on more platforms. But for now, if you are looking to deliver interactive vector-based content on the Web, Flash is certainly the way to go.
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