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The Technology

You are here because you are a total novice. You've just bought your copy of flash 5 and now you want to build mind blowing experiences for your clients and charge a triple figure hourly rate. Well before you can do this, let's look at the Flash technology and try to develop a better understanding.

Think of Flash as a cartoon, and you, the designer, are the cartoonist. Like the cartoonist, you create and define each frame of the movie, but this is as far as the analogy will take us. The Flash technology has done to cartoon/film what HTML did to newspapers, it has made the cartoon completely interactive and turned the passive "watcher" into an active "controller".

In fact, if you want to animate something in Flash 5, all you have to do is specify what the starting frame will look like and the ending frame and let flash do the rest (all the frames in between). Here is an example. I've placed the square on the left side of the screen (Frame 1) then placed the square on the right side of the screen (frame 30). Next I created what is called a "motion tween" between frames 1 and 30. What this does is tell Flash 5 to create all the frames in between 1 and 30. Here is the example of the square and it's timeline.

This is the basis of the Flash technology - its an animation program that creates interactive "movies" for the world wide web. As you will already know there are a number of technologies that are used on the internet, HTML, Javascript, ASP, PHP, CGI and XML - this list is endless! In order to communicate and work with these technologies, the good guys at macromedia have created a programming language called ActionScript. This will also allow you to create very complex animations too.

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Eddie was a Content Editor at and is actually a sentient Gateway Solo 2150xl notebook that suffers from acute lysdexia and caffeine addiction. He is carried on the shoulders of a semi-autonomous human called "Body".
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