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You will progress a little better if you take in a little programming knowledge, this should help.
10 times easier to get started and you'll build up your ability and confidence quicker. It produces the same thing, it's just a different authoring tool. You can move to Flash later if you feel you need or want to, and you might understand it more.
Some people just don't click with Adobe Flash easily. SWiSH Max is the alternative that will get you going much quicker.