Flash has grown beyond its best known application, Web pages. Nowadays, Flash movies appear everywhere—the Internet, mobile devices, the cinema, TV shows and commercials, computer games. Using Flash, you can create a wide variety of file formats, including apps (iOS and Android), HTML5, and video that work on virtually any device.
In this course, you’ll learn how to create animation, interactive movies, and mobile apps in Flash CS6 and develop several full-blown Flash applications. We’ll start by reviewing the Flash workspace, creating text and graphics, and animating objects on the Flash stage. Then, we’ll look in detail at the anatomy of a Flash movie—how to use the Flash timeline, layers and frames to control objects, and timing on the stage.
While creating your first Flash movie, you’ll learn how to format and embed external digital media and how to make them appear or play at specific times. We’ll also look at controlling digital media based on specific events, such as end user mouse clicks.
No course on Flash is complete without an introduction to ActionScript, Flash’s powerful programming language. We’ll get our hands dirty, creating interactive buttons with ActionScript 3.0. You’ll also learn to write scripts that control movie flow, and scripts that call to and load external videos, Web pages, and other Flash movie files.
As we create our movie, we’ll go over creating and animating 3-D objects, syncing sounds with animations, and publishing your Flash movies to the Internet and to mobile apps. By the end of the course, you’ll understand the fundamentals of Flash and be ready to master more advanced Flash topics.
- What is the Mobile Web
- The Mobile Web User
- HTML on the Mobile Web
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) on the Mobile Web
- Software and Utilities
- Types of Mobile Devices
- Mobile Device Operating Systems
- Mobile Web Browsers
- Which Devices can do what
- Define Devices by Class
- Mobile Detect and Adapt Systems
- Your First Mobile Web Page
- Mobile HTML Page Structure
- Mobile-Friendly and Mobile Specific CSS
- CreateMobile Web Page Elements with CSS
- Design Mobile Web Templates
- Create Mobile Web Buttons and Hyperlinks
- Create and Format Graphics for the Mobile Web
- Create and Format Digital Video for the Mobile Web
- Create and Format Flash Movies for the Mobile Web
- What are WebKit Extensions
- Device Orientation
- Artwork with WebKit Extensions
- Special Effects with WebKit Extensions
- Animations with WebKit Extensions
- Other Browser-Specific Extensions
- Introducing Mobile CSS3
- FormatMobile Page Elements with CSS3
- Mobile HTML5
- Highly Useful Mobile HTML5 Tags
- Server-Side Scripting with PHP
- The User Interface
- Store and Retrieve Data in Radio Buttons
- Store and Retrieve Data in Check Boxes
- Format Your Quiz with CSS
- Script the Form
- Make Your Mobile Site Search Engine Friendly
- Createa Mobile Search Page
- Use Mobile Blog Themes
- Software: Aside from a text editor, such as Windows Notepad or Mac OS TextEdit, there are no required software applications to complete this course; however, you’ll find the following software useful:
- Dreamweaver CS4 or later: You can download the latest trial version from adobe.com, but if you do, since the trial version is good for only 30 days, do not install it until the third week of the course.
- XAMPPWeb server software. XAMPP is a free Linux Web server emulator you can use to test your Web pages. You can download it from: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html . It comes in both Windows and Mac OS versions.
- FTP client software: File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, software allows you to upload your Web page files to a Web server. You can perform this function with built-in Windows or Mac utilities, but will find this much easier with an FTP utility. You can download FileZilla for free at: http://filezilla-project.org/ . It comes in both Windows and Mac versions.
- Webspace: You’ll need a website to which you can upload your assignments. There are several free Web hosting sites available. However, many of them place ads on your pages. This can be very annoying, but if you can live with it, so can I.
If, nearly 20 years ago, when I first started designing Web sites, you’d have told me I’d be writing a book about designing World Wide Web pages for cell phones, I’d have told you to lay off the crack. In those days, cell phones did nothing other than make and receive calls. (Besides, very few people could afford them.) The Internet, which most of us accessed through dial-up modems over inadequate copper phone lines, was a slow and temperamental Never-never land. I, like everybody else writing about information technology (we didn’t call it that then), was still amazed when my mobile calls connected.
But here we are sliding through 2011 with a round of mobile devices that can handle the Internet nearly as well as full-blown computers. Mobile Web surfers have become a force to contend with. It’s time for Web designers and the companies they work for to make their Websites mobile-device friendly. In this new Dummies book, available at Amazon now, I’ll show you how to do that.
William Harrel – www.williamharrel.com
If, nearly 20 years ago, when I first started designing Web sites, you’d have told me I’d be writing a book about designing World Wide Web pages for cell phones, I’d have told you to lay off the crack. In those days, cell phones did nothing other than make and receive calls. The Internet, which most of us accessed through dial-up modems over inadequate copper phone lines, was a slow and temperamental Never-never land. I, like everybody else writing about information technology (we didn’t call it that then), was still amazed when my mobile calls connected.
But here we are sliding into 2011 with a round of mobile devices that can handle the Internet nearly as well as full-blown computers. Mobile Web surfers have become a force to contend with. It’s time for Web designers and the companies they work for to make their Websites mobile-device friendly. In this new Dummies book, due out next spring, I’ll show you how to do that.
William Harrel – www.williamharrel.com