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:
Also on the Peachpit site, there’s an excerpt on Character Animation from our recent book with Chris Georgenes.
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.
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:
Peachpit | Amazon | Adobe Press
Let us know if you have any questions about the book. We hope you find it useful!
I’ve had a number of users contacting me regarding ways to learn Adobe Flash Professional. There are a lot of great resources available for users interested in animation, design, and development in Flash. Whether you’re an advanced user, or totally new to Flash, there are tons of resources available. Over the years, I’ve read dozens of books and visited hundreds of sites. So, I decided to put together a single page with many of my favorite Flash learning links. Enjoy!
Version 1.1.0 now has the ability to batch-merge textframes within every page of the current document. I had several requests for something like this (including from a recent donor). Here it is! The download links above have been updated.
The new version now has the “Apply to” and “Ignore locked layers” as shown in the image below.
Note that any warning messages about having too few textframes selected have been delayed until after the dialog box appears to reflect the new options.
Downloads of the new version are available on the original post.
Want a good way to move your extension request to the top of the list?
Here’s a quick extension by request. This extension adds a command that can batch name instances in multiple frames. Just select the frames and run the command.