Scriptopedia is hosting a contest to win a free license of our tool, SmartMouth ($49.99 USD value). All you have to do to enter is create a 5-second animation with lip syncing. The contest closes on Dec. 16, so get your entries in soon. More details can be found at this Scriptopedia post.
SmartMouth is now available for download and purchase. Check out this super quick demo:
We’re keeping quite busy around here! Here’s a quick round-up of some recent articles that I’ve published.
5 Flash Animation tips in 5 days on the Peachpit blogs:
- Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 1 – Easing
- Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 2 – Distribute to Layers
- Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 3 – Bitmap Masking
- Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 4 – SWF History
- Flash Animation Five Tips in Five Days: Tip 5 – Targeting Nested Symbols with ActionScript
I also have a new video tutorial over at ActiveTuts+ on Creating Advanced Motion Presets in Flash with JSFL.
In addition to the recent advice page I added on Learning Flash, I’m working on a page about becoming a graphic designer/Flash animator/digital artist. It includes some of my background and lessons learned. That article is pretty much on hold as we work toward the SmartMouth release (hopefully just another week), and I will pick it up after that.
AJ and I will both be at Adobe MAX in LA this year.
I will be leading a BYOL (Bring your own laptop) lab entitled Extending Flash Pro using JSFL. Feel free to sit in even you don’t have your laptop with you.
Additionally, Chris Georgenes and I will available on Monday October 25th, between 6pm and 7pm, outside of the official Max Store to sign copies of Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques and answer questions.
I recently completed a book with with star animator Chris Georgenes entitled Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques. My wife AJ, the other half of Ajar Productions, also served as Technical Editor on the book. As you can imagine, we’re very excited about this book’s release!
Here’s the info from the back cover:
In Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques, top animation designer Chris Georgenes and designer/developer Justin Putney reveal how to create and successfully animate characters in Adobe Flash Professional CS5 and how to push the limits of timeline animation with stunning visual effects using ActionScript® 3.0.
This Studio Techniques book is designed for intermediate or advanced users who understand the basics of Flash and want to create a more immersive interactive experience. The book includes coverage of storyboarding, 2D character design and rigging, character animation, visual FX with code, workflow automation, and publishing your animation on the web and to mobile devices.
You can order the book from these fine retailers:
Let us know if you have any questions about the book. We hope you find it useful!