Chapter: Internet & World Wide Web HOW TO PROGRAM - Rich Internet Application Client Technologies - Adobe Flash CS3

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Adobe Flash CS3

Adobe Flash CS3 (Creative Suite 3) is a commercial application that you can use to pro-duce interactive, animated movies.

PART 3

Rich Internet Application Client  Technologies

             

Chapter 16

Adobe® Flash® CS3

 

Introduction

 

Adobe Flash CS3 (Creative Suite 3) is a commercial application that you can use to pro-duce interactive, animated movies. Flash can be used to create web-based banner adver-tisements, interactive websites, games and web-based applications with stunning graphics and multimedia effects. It provides tools for drawing graphics, generating animations, and adding sound and video. Flash movies can be embedded in web pages, distributed on CDs and DVDs as independent applications, or converted into stand-alone, executable pro-grams. Flash includes tools for coding in its scripting language—ActionScript 3.0—which is similar to JavaScript and enables interactive applications. A fully functional, 30-day trial version of Flash CS3 is available for download from:

 

www.adobe.com/products/flash/

 

To follow along with the examples in this chapter, please install this software before con-tinuing. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the trial version of the Flash software.

 

To play Flash movies, the Flash Player plug-in must be installed in your web browser. The most recent version of the plug-in (at the time of this writing) is version 9. You can download the latest version from:

www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer

 

According to Adobe’s statistics, approximately 98.7 percent of web users have Flash Player version 6 or greater installed, and 83.4 percent of web users have Flash Player ver-sion 9 installed. There are ways to detect whether a user has the appropriate plug-in to view Flash content. Adobe provides a tool called the Flash Player Detection Kit which con-tains files that work together to detect whether a suitable version of Adobe Flash Player is installed in a user’s web browser. This kit can be downloaded from:

 

 www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/download/detection_kit/

 

This chapter introduces building Flash movies. You’ll create interactive buttons, add sound to movies, create special graphic effects and integrate ActionScript in movies.


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