By Doug Sahlin

You may get Flash-y along with your site -- here's how!

Know your viewers, plan your website, and make it either interactive and cool

Gone are the times in case you might get via with a monotonous site. With Flash, you could upload interactivity, video, a thrilling and easy-to-navigate interface, and eye sweet like customized cursors and flying textual content. This pleasant consultant makes Flash enjoyable and straightforward, so that you could have your website up and working in no time.

Discover how to
* construct an interface with customized buttons and menus
* contain animation and soundtracks
* costume up your text
* Create tween animations
* Create ActionScript objects
* try out and put up your web site

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The timeline is broken down into frames. The number of frames that occupy one second of the timeline is determined by the frame rate of the movie. The more frames you have, the smoother the motion. However, a higher frame rate increases the file size. You can find out all about frames and keyframes and blank keyframes, oh my, in Chapter 6. If you’ve created animation in the past, you may have meticulously made changes on every frame to get it to work. However, with Flash, you can automate your animations.

This is fine if you’re creating a simple site with only a little navigation. However, when you add bells and whistles like video and full-color bitmaps, you run the risk of creating a Flash movie with a file size slightly smaller than the Trump Tower. When you create a site that big, trying to download it is like trying to drain an Olympic-size swimming pool with a garden hose; it takes a long time. I show you how to create a Web-friendly interface and then load content into the interface in order to manage a Flash Web site that has a humongous amount of content.

Before you launch Flash and start creating symbols and graphics with reckless abandon, take a deep breath and prepare to do some creative mind mapping in your favorite graphics application. After you have a rough handle on the design, you can start laying out different versions of the design for client approval. Mind mapping your brainstorm Most people think of mind mapping as visual graffiti filled with circles and words of wisdom. When you mind map to create a Flash Web design, you can jot the design down on paper.

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