Alright I am completely new to flash, I have played with it here and there but I never really got into it. It is something I am trying to learn now. I have been looking for some quality books/tutorials/videos the help me, but I havent really went too far.
I noticed that one of the files I downloaded here needed a “tween” things which I installed. Didnt really see what it did, nor did I noticed anything different with the Flash App itself. But I was looking at another movie on here, and they mentioned that it used Fuse, and I would need to install that to be able to use the flashden file I was looking at.
Again this is no problem. But I was curious if anyone can give me a better explanation as to what these things do. What is the point in having them. I looked on the websites, but to me, they dont explain it very well, and if its something I should know I will look into it further. Any help would be appreciated!
the tween packages are like chucks of code which provide an easier way of doing things like fading, moving, scaling etc..
So one you have installed a package like Fuse you have a series of “code hooks” which makes life much easier for you.
personally I like using the built in tween classes as it means you can send the file to anyone and it works right away. Also the file sizes tend to stay a little smaller.
but besides the ability to do things easier, are there any other benefits. Like do they add something to flash that was previously not doable? Or are they just considered “shortcuts”?
If there is no bonus besides making things faster, and easier. I think I may avoid them until I learn how to do things the original way first.
They are pretty much shortcuts. If you think about it they are just lines of actionscript,so no they don`t add anything you could not do without them.
Look up mx.transitions – this is flash`s built in tween class
Ya i think your best bet is to avoid things like fuse and laco tween and all those… learn the basics without those… then when you feel comfortable with flash then start to get into those. At least that is the approach i took and i am just recently began using laco tween and fuse..
defiantly gets things done easier and with less code and stuff… not quicker yet cuz im still learning how to use it lol
Thanks for the help guys…
1 last thing, in trying to learn flash…should I go get a flash book, or a book on action scripting first. I plan to do both, I am just trying to figure out which one I should tackle first.
It may help knowing that I really only want to learn flash for web sites.
just go for the code book, you will learn how to use the flash IDE very quickly.
best way to learn is to look at other peoples files.
Thats what I am hoping to accomplish by buying some stuff here. My goal is to be able to make full websites in flash, but I would also like to be able to create flash elements in html/css pages if I need them. I bought gimbanzi’s “minimal website – image slide” And I am trying to learn from that but the code seems very hard to pick up on, I am trying to figure out just how to control the 4 images that move on the front page, and of course I made my own images with text, and getting the text to be centered, wasn’t too hard. But once you mouse over it and things shift, its getting the text to stay in the right spot…its different when it expands, its different when a different image expands which compresses the other images, and its different when you move your mouse away and all the images, somewhat return. But I think its coming out decent.
I would ultimately like to be able to design a layout in photoshop, and then cut it up and make things animate and be interactive in flash.