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Flash: Overview Macromedia Flash MX Instructor: Adam Cavotta What is Flash? Flash is graphics application Animation application Video application Application development tool Flash Media and the Flash Authoring Environment The word Flash is used to describe:

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Flash: Overview

Macromedia Flash MX

Instructor: Adam Cavotta


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What is Flash?

  • Flash is graphics application

  • Animation application

  • Video application

  • Application development tool


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Flash Media and the Flash Authoring Environment

  • The word Flash is used to describe:

    • Media Output that the user sees

    • Authoring Environment used to create content


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Streaming Media Output

  • Flash movies can be viewed while they as they are being downloaded.

    • Accommodates 56 Kbps modem connections fairly well

    • In some case, preloaders are still used.


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Graphics in Flash

  • Flash supports Vector and Raster (Bitmap) graphics

    • Bitmaps are made to be displayed at fixed sizes

      • Bitmap graphics are the graphic we see most often on the Web

    • Vector graphics are size independent

      • Changes to the size and shape of a vector graphic do not affect image quality which makes them ideal for animations.


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Flash Authors

  • Who are they?

    • Graphic designers

    • Programmers

    • Web developers


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Basic Author Roles

  • There are two roles for Flash authors

    • Designer

    • Developer


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Basic Author Roles: Designer

  • Designer

    • Typically, all Flash authors are designers to a certain extent.

    • Designers create and arrange graphical content and create animations.

    • Designers are artists


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Basic Author Roles: Developers

  • Developers

    • Developers make Flash movies “do something”

    • Developers create interactive environments using ActionScript.

    • Developers are programmers


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The importance of roles

  • The type of content created determines which role the author will play.

  • Learning opportunities and certifications are often categorized as being related to developer or designer roles.

  • Before learning Flash determine your ultimate goal

    • What type of content do you want to create?


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Types of content

  • Animated Movies

  • Audio and Video

  • Web page elements

  • Applications


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Advantages of Flash

  • File size is relatively small for type of output.

  • Flash player is widely available.

  • Authors create content for a player, not a browser.


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Limitations of Flash

  • Some users are resistant to Flash content

  • Various player version sometimes add confusion about publishing and viewing files

  • Training is required to begin creating content in Flash


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Learning Opportunities

  • ITS Training Services Free Technology Seminars

  • Extended Format Seminars offered through HRDC

  • Penn State’s Web-Based Training

  • The Macromedia Web site


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ITS Training Services Free Seminars

  • Register Online

    • https://register4its.psu.edu/

  • Intermediate level seminars that focus on specific tasks

  • Animations

    • Content focuses on the designer role.

  • Interactivity

    • Provides an introduction to the developer role.


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Extended Format Seminars

  • Fee: $85

  • Register Online

    • http://www.ohr.psu.edu/hrdc/catalog/HRDC_Catalog.cfm \

  • Basic and Intermediate level seminars

  • Seminars focus primarily on designer role

  • Additional information about seminar content: http://its.psu.edu/training/extended/


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Penn State’s Web-Based Training

  • Free service

  • Self paced

  • Assessments

  • Topics mostly relate to designer role

  • Go to: https://wbt.psu.edu/ to begin using Web-Based Training


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Macromedia Web Site

  • A GREAT source of information

  • Provides content for both designer and developer roles

  • Provides support information

  • Forums are a great learning opportunity

  • The Macromedia Web site provides learning opportunities throughout the learners development process.


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The Software

  • Latest Release: Flash MX 2004

  • Two version in the new release

    • Professional version- targeted to developers, more robust

    • Standard version- less data connection and application development features

  • The software is also available in the Studio MX Suite


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The Software

  • Available at Penn State’s computer store

    • http://computerstore.psu.edu/

    • If you aren’t sure which software package to purchase, ask them. They are an impartial, objective source of information.

    • Discounts are substantial.


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Thank you

  • Questions?


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