Flash 5 Cartoons and Games f/x and Design
||Author: Bill Turner, Richard Bazley, James Robertson|
List Price: $49.99
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Publisher: Paraglyph Publishing (01 July, 2002)
Sales Rank: 903,104
Average Customer Rating: 3.62 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Beginning and intermediate users may want to pass...
On the lower right corner, on the back cover of this book, you will find a small yellow panel announcing that this book is for intermediate to advanced Flash users. If you are new to ActionScripting, wait until you are much more familiar with it to purchase this pricey tome. Written in a soothing informal tone, the co-authors walk the reader step-by-step through the very beginning nuances of the game scripting, explaining each in detail. This is nice even for someone with an intimate knowledge of scripting, as a game vehicle may be new territory.
But then suddenly, and without warning, despite words of encouragement and promises of clarity, the reader is left with no direction, and only a CD-ROM and a tangled web of scripting left to pull apart. A more moderate explanation throughout the entire process would have been much more helpful; the beginner/expert switch in the middle of a project is more than a little disheartening.
Despite the odd art and the organizational letdowns, I still found this book inspirational.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Not too shabby
I think the other reviewers are being too negative. Would I recommend this book if you wanted to make Hollywood quality pictures? No. But if you are interested in a Hobby or even a small consulting practice focusing on Flash Cartoons and Games then this book is a wonderful addition to your library. You need other books on the fundamentals of Flash to fill in the gaps and get your understanding of Flash up to the level necessary to use this book.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Another Techie Book
This book is simply too technical. It goes into that Bible format. Not enough pictures either.
The Richard Bazley section is worth reading though
· The Flash Animator
· Flash Character Animation Applied Studio Techniques
· Macromedia Flash Animation and Cartooning: A Creative Guide
· Macromedia Flash 5 ActionScript for Fun and Games
· Flash 5 Cartooning (with CD-ROM)