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Introduction

Introduction

How You’ll Learn

How This Book Works

What’s New

Keyboard Shortcuts

Step-by-Step Instructions

Real World Examples

Andy’s Workshop

Flash for Windows and Macintosh

Flash Certification

Welcome to Macromedia Flash 8 On Demand, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Macromedia Flash 8 Basic and Professional. This book provides complete coverage of basic and intermediate Flash 8 skills.

How This Book Works

You don’t have to read this book in any particular order. We’ve designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents, index, or troubleshooting guide, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with screen illustrations in the right column, and you’re done.

What’s New

If you’re searching for what’s new in Flash 8, just look for the icon: . The new icon appears in the table of contents so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Flash 8. A complete description of each new feature appears in the New Features guide in the back of this book.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Most menu commands have a keyboard equivalent, such as Ctrl+P (Win) or +P (Mac), as a quicker alternative to using the mouse. A complete list of keyboard shortcuts is available on the Web at www.perspection.com in the software downloads area.

Step-by-Step Instructions

This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you “how” to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions include illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A “Did You Know?” provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a “See Also” leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.

Real World Examples

This book uses real world examples files to help you perform a task. The examples give you a context in which to use the task. By using the example files, you won’t waste time looking for or creating sample files. The Flash example files that you need for project tasks are available on the Web at www.perspection.com.

Andy’s Workshop

This book shows you how to put together the individual step-by-step tasks into indepth projects with Andy’s Workshop. You start each project with a sample file, work through the steps, and then compare your results with Andy’s project file at the end. The project files are available on the Web at www.perspection.com.

Flash for Windows and Macintosh

This book is written for the Windows and Macintosh version of Macromedia Flash 8. Both versions of the software are virtually the same, but there are a few platform differences between the two versions. When there are differences between the two versions, steps written specifically for the Windows version end with the notation (Win) and steps for the Macintosh version end with the notation (Mac). In some instances, tasks are split between the two operating systems.

Flash Certification

This book prepares you for the Macromedia Certified Professional Program (MCPP) for Macromedia Flash 8. Each MCPP certification exam has a set of objectives, which are organized into broader skill sets. To prepare for the certification exam, you should review and perform each task identified with a Flash Certification objective to confirm that you can meet the requirements for the exam. Throughout this book, content that pertains to an objective is identified with a Flash Certification logo and objective number next to it. A complete list of objectives appears in the Flash Certification guide in the back of this book.

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