Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how ActionScript fits into Flash, part of Up and Running with Flash Professional.
You've probably heard that ActionScript is an important component of Flash.…It is, but I'm here to tell you that you don't need to know a lot of…ActionScript to be able to create some pretty cool functional Flash pieces.…However, it won't take long until you get to the point where you do need to know a few things.…So we'll cover some very basic ActionScript in this course.…Let's take a quick look at some common places were ActionScript is used to get…an idea of how it will fit into our learning.…Let's start with some places where you don't need ActionScript.…If you open the file called noActionScript.swf in your Exercise files, you'll…see images and text from our Uncle Chris' vacation, simply appearing and then…disappearing on the screen.…
You just place those images on what's called the stage in Flash and they appear.…No ActionScript is required.…Similarly, animation doesn't require ActionScript.…Now, I'm going to open alsoNoActionScript.swf from our Exercise files.…The simple motion of the rocket going across the screen, and the moon rising…
- Choosing the type of document to work with
- Changing document settings and orientation
- Importing bitmaps and vector files
- Organizing layers
- Understanding the timeline, frames, and keyframes
- Creating shapes
- Understanding the three symbol types (graphics, buttons, and movie clips)
- Defining motion and shape tweens
- Nesting timelines
- Using effects and masks
- Working with text
- Importing and adding audio and video
- Publishing your project
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Basics of Flash
2. Introducing the Workspace
3. Creating Graphics
Transforming visual objects5m 46s
4. Understanding Symbols
5. Introducing Tweening
6. Using Effects and Masks
7. Working with Text
8. Incorporating Audio in Flash
9. Understanding ActionScript
10. Working with Video
11. Publishing a Flash Document
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