I have used flash here and there. Here are some tips:
- Learn when and how to use flash appropriately.
- Dig deep into the actionscript. Lots of the cool stuff is coded, rather then designed.
- Learn to trace bitmaps in flash. Use of the line and or pen tool can help you alot.
- www.flashkit.com is a great resource.
Hope that atleast gets you started.
Welcome to WebmasterWorld, Bliss68!
If you are using Flash to design vector logos, you may find the tools to be less than ideal. It's best to use flash to put together elements from other applications. Vector work comes from Fireworks, Illustrator, or Freehand and bitmaps from Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.
Flash is the "glue" to make multimedia presentations out of otherwise static content. I've always loathed creating that content directly in Flash.
The best advice is to learn actionscript but that has a very steep learning curve compared to doing the tutorials and learning about motion tweens and what not. Generally speaking, the more you learn the faster your flash files will download. :)
Beyond that, you can do searches for things like 'flash tutorial' or 'actionscript tutorial' to find sites which offer those resources. WebmasterWorld isn't the place to list specific sites because of the whole 'self promotion' thing. :)
Once you get into it and have questions, feel free to post them here and someone can probably help.
Thank you Web Greek and whoisgregg for the pointers!
It seems like an often-overlooked path is the tutorials that come with Flash. If you walk through them from front to end, you'll have a pretty decent working knowledge. Almost everything you need is there.
For things that aren't, look for code examples on the web, learn from those that have come before you.
Personally one of the greatest things I've found about Flash is the drawing methods. Combined with a Wacom tablet, I've been developing many static sites by drawing them in Flash and exporting them as .bmp's, just something about it is more free than Freehand or Photoshop.
Thanks rocknbil ... I've played around with it abit and I do get code off of other pages when I can. That's mainly how I learned to do web pages.
Along with flashkit.com, actionscript.org is a great place to go also. The tutorials at actionscript.org take around a month to complete all of them, but I prefer it to flashkit.com, as they are like a school course, you learn things in the perfect order. They also go more into depth on explaining the Algebra and Trigonomtry and other complex matters of flash. I tend to use flashkit.com more for sound and design tutorials.
Macromedia Dreamweaver would probably be the best for making flash:)
Thanks guys for all the help! It's appreciated
My main use for flash these days is to convert video files into swf files with my own controls. The main reason for doing this is because I can put a link back to my website directly in the flash video player. So if someone hotlinks or steals my flash at least it has a link back to where it came from unlike mpg or other video formats. This is probably the most practical application for using flash that I have come across and doesn't require a steep learning curve.
This may sound dumb but the book Flash for Dummies is a good starting point for a newbe. And as already mentioned, searching for Flash turorials will give you loads of samples and instruction.
|My main use for flash these days is to convert video files into swf files with my own controls. The main reason for doing this is because I can put a link back to my website directly in the flash video player. So if someone hotlinks or steals my flash at least it has a link back to where it came from unlike mpg or other video formats. This is probably the most practical application for using flash that I have come across and doesn't require a steep learning curve. |
It's good that you brought this up. Nobody can steal your SWF files without you explicitly allowing there domain the permissions in a cross-domain policy file. The SWF won't play on any other domain but yours. They can only provide the link to the page containing your swf, which is on your domain anyways...that part of the Flash security model.
More info @ Macromedia: [livedocs.macromedia.com...]
Unfortunately, that doesn't have any effect on a user downloading the swf then uploading it to their own server. It only affects the use of Flash itself calling other swf's or runtime shared libraries from your domain.
Thanks for all the new info.
Is there someway to copyright a swf file?