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The Hidden Power of Flash Components

ISBN: 978-0-7821-4210-5
252 pages
May 2003
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Flash Components: The Key to Faster Development and Sophisticated Functionality

You don't have to be a programmer to achieve amazing effects with the hundreds of Flash components available from Macromedia and various third parties. Step by step, The Hidden Power of Flash Components shows you how--and the enclosed CD provides a library of powerful components ready for you to practice with, build upon, and use in your own projects.

For those of you with just a little programming experience, this book also demonstrates how to build your own components to use and share with other developers. Whatever your aims, and regardless of your experience, soon all the power of this incredible Flash feature will be within your reach. Coverage includes:

  • Determining the most effective ways to leverage components
  • Avoiding component pitfalls
  • Customizing external resources for use with components
  • Building your own components
  • Building a custom UI, Live Preview, and MXP file for a component
  • Customizing component artwork
  • Using components to build games
  • Understanding the difference between components and SmartClips
  • Troubleshooting component construction and application
  • Using multiple components to create more complex effects

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What Are Components and Why Should I Care?.

Chapter 2: Using Components 101.

Chapter 3: Using Components with Custom User Interfaces.

Chapter 4: Button Components.

Chapter 5: Interface Components.

Chapter 6: Animation Components.

Chapter 7: Text Effect Components.

Chapter 8: Video and Audio Components.

Chapter 9: Game Components.

Chapter 10: Creating Components.

Chapter 11: Component Extras.

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Components.


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Author Information

J. Scott Hamlin is author and co-author of several books, including Flash 5 Magic: with ActionScript, Flash 4 Magic, and Photoshop Web Techniques. His clients include Nabisco, Procter & Gamble, Sun, Nokia, and Nickelodeon.
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Page 108

3rd paragraph, AnimationComponents.mxp is missing from the CD. You can download it from:


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