Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques

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.

The cover of the book was created by the amazing Pascal Campion.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Getting Started


File Setup Tips 2
Camera Techniques 13
Incorporating Audio 20
Narrative 27
Character Design 29
Storyboarding 31
Animatics 46

Chapter 2

Character Animation


Animation Techniques 50
Designing a Character 54
Building a Character in Flash 56
Animating a Character 90
Adding Dialogue 110

Chapter 3

Introduction to ActionScript Classes


Reasons to Use ActionScript 130
The Importance of Planning 131
ActionScript Basics 134
The Document Class 141
Object-oriented Programming 150
Attaching Classes to Library Items 151
Events 154
Creating Reusable Classes For Animation 155
Using Classes from Other Sources 224

Chapter 4

Workflow Automation


Why Automate? 226
What Is JSFL? 227
Writing Scripts to Control Flash 232
Extending Flash Even Further 257
Packaging Extensions for Distribution 268
More Resources 270

Chapter 5

Sharing Your Animation


Showcasing Your Animation on the Web 274
Publishing for Broadcast 325
Publishing to Mobile and Desktop 333

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12 replies on “Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques”

  1. A J says:

    when is this book going to be released?

  2. Justin says:

    Hi A J, good question! It should be available in the next 1-3 weeks.

  3. Justin says:

    The book is now shipping!

  4. Girish says:

    I had pre-ordered the book on Amazon. It just arrived last nite. I had to read the first two chapters before I went to bed. Cant wait to get off work today so that I can read more. The books is great for the first two chapters, it looks promising.

    Thanks a lot for taking out time to share the knowledge. Keep them coming.
    Justin, Please, Say hi to Chris from my side.

  5. Justin says:

    Hi Girish, thanks for feedback. I’m very glad to hear that you’re enjoying the book! I’ll share your comments to Chris.

  6. Girish says:

    Thanks for the reply Justin. The chapter on Sharing your animation was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the chapter on dynamically loading external swf contents. I primarily use greensock for most of my tweening. I am glad you have covered it in the book as well.

  7. Justin says:

    Excellent. Glad you found it helpful, Girish!

  8. Monir says:

    I ordered the Kindle ebook from Amazon. How can I get the accompanying CD?

  9. Justin says:

    Hi Monir,
    I haven’t seen the Kindle version myself, but I’m told there’s a web link referenced in the ebook version. I would check the very beginning (or possibly the very end). You should be able to download the files from that link.

  10. Monir says:

    Turns out the link to the exercise files – which is listed at the end of the ebook!!!! – is at [LINK REMOVED – JP]

  11. Justin says:

    Good to know that the link is at the end of the book, Monir. I’m sorry it wasn’t easier to locate. I’ve removed the link from your comment since it is only supposed to be available to those who have purchased the ebook. I hope you find the exercise files to be useful.

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