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Hacks #1-7

This book assumes you are familiar with the basics of using Flash to create visual effects and animations using the timeline. If you aren't comfortable with Flash, you might still find the techniques employed here interesting. Once you've learned some Flash basics via either Flash's online help or a tutorial book, you can revisit the hacks that piqued your curiosity. I considered beginning the book with tips on optimization, security, and similar topics. But I decided to defer those until later, hoping that the hacks in this chapter would get you excited about the book and expand your horizons while remaining true to the hacker ethic: "Show me the cool stuff first."

So, in this chapter, I've grouped hacks that show you how to achieve some effects you might not have known about or might have seen and not known how to reproduce. As with all the hacks presented in this book, I hope they educate and ultimately inspire you—not in the sense of "inspiration," as when one views a great piece of art, but in the sense of "motivation." Thus, I hope you are motivated to try these hacks and inspired to create some of your own.


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