Flash: Week 2 Presentation by Mindy McAdams University of Florida
What Flash Does Well <ul><li>Design control </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of media types </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity <...
Problems in Flash Content <ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Blurred text </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul...
Button States Example 1:  Hit state Example 2:  Text-only button
Button States: Up Mouse cursor is  NOT  on the Hit area.
Button States: Over Mouse cursor  IS  on the Hit area. Mouse button is  NOT  pressed.
Button States: Down Mouse cursor  IS  on the Hit area. Mouse button  IS  pressed.
Button States: Hit You don’t see the Hit frame graphics, but they determine  where  the mouse cursor becomes  active . Dem...
Learning to Read the  Timeline <ul><li>Organize with layers </li></ul><ul><li>Name each layer carefully </li></ul><ul><li>...
Reading Your Timeline Example:  Up and down balloon   (Lesson 5)
Frame Label <ul><li>Select  the exact frame in the Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Then  … go to the Properties panel and type ...
A Non-linear Timeline <ul><li>Important to understand  right now  that the Timeline can be  accessed  in any order, using ...
The No. 1 Error <ul><li>Putting a  stop()  action on the  same frame  as the frame label </li></ul><ul><li>This makes  all...
The End Work through Lesson 4 and Lesson 5  in their entirety  before  you begin work  on Flash Exercise 2 (due next Monda...
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Flash Journalism Week 2

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This PPT is shown in the students' second week of learning Adobe Flash. Versions up to CS3 and ActionScript2. Links to example files.

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Flash Journalism Week 2

  1. 1. Flash: Week 2 Presentation by Mindy McAdams University of Florida
  2. 2. What Flash Does Well <ul><li>Design control </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of media types </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>No scrolling necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Modularity </li></ul><ul><li>Motion </li></ul><ul><li>Portability </li></ul><ul><li>Preloading </li></ul><ul><li>Sound </li></ul><ul><li>Streaming </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  3. 3. Problems in Flash Content <ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Blurred text </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>File associations </li></ul><ul><li>Linking (pop-up windows) </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Site navigation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Skip Intro” </li></ul><ul><li>Version or browser conflicts </li></ul>
  4. 4. Button States Example 1: Hit state Example 2: Text-only button
  5. 5. Button States: Up Mouse cursor is NOT on the Hit area.
  6. 6. Button States: Over Mouse cursor IS on the Hit area. Mouse button is NOT pressed.
  7. 7. Button States: Down Mouse cursor IS on the Hit area. Mouse button IS pressed.
  8. 8. Button States: Hit You don’t see the Hit frame graphics, but they determine where the mouse cursor becomes active . Demonstration page: Flash Button States
  9. 9. Learning to Read the Timeline <ul><li>Organize with layers </li></ul><ul><li>Name each layer carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to keyframes </li></ul><ul><li>Add only keyframes that are necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful where you place a stop() action </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reading Your Timeline Example: Up and down balloon (Lesson 5)
  11. 11. Frame Label <ul><li>Select the exact frame in the Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Then … go to the Properties panel and type the label </li></ul>
  12. 12. A Non-linear Timeline <ul><li>Important to understand right now that the Timeline can be accessed in any order, using ActionScript </li></ul><ul><li>However, the playhead normally moves from left to right </li></ul><ul><li>You can think of the Timeline as a CD with tracks; you can mark the start of new “tracks” by placing frame labels </li></ul><ul><li>Use stop() actions with the frame labels </li></ul>
  13. 13. The No. 1 Error <ul><li>Putting a stop() action on the same frame as the frame label </li></ul><ul><li>This makes all movement STOP as soon as the playhead goes to that frame label </li></ul><ul><li>Doh! </li></ul><ul><li>Think in sequences or segments </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize the action </li></ul>
  14. 14. The End Work through Lesson 4 and Lesson 5 in their entirety before you begin work on Flash Exercise 2 (due next Monday) And let’s preview Week 8 …

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