Series: How to Cheat in
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Focal Press; Updated edition (November 21, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Okay, So I've never written a review before, so bear with me. I bought this book in hopes that it would provide me with information on how to begin animating in Flash CS6, but I mistakenly thought that this was geared towards beginners. However, this book assumes that you have a a reasonable amount of working knowledge over Adobe Flash, and I for one, do not. So, if you looking at this book to teach you the basics, and get you animating fast, look away. It's not that kind of book. HOWEVER, from what I did read, the book is extremely knowledgeable and it has excellent step by step instructions and pictures to go with each. So If you do have a basic understanding of Flash, and are looking to further your knowledge, then I would highly recommend this book. :) I hope this helps. :3
I teach animation professionally and use Flash with my beginner animators to get them used to creating computer-aided 2D animations. This book is an excellent resource for not-totally-beginner animators. If you can get around Flash and have some familiarity with the program, this is an excellent resource to getting you up to intermediate level. If you've never been on Flash before, you need a more basic text so that you can get comfortable with the UI before you start the animation process.I've used the How to Cheat books for years in both Flash and Maya and as each iteration of CS Flash comes out I have always found them useful. The animation information is basic (what is a tween, what is squash and stretch, etc) but the explanation about how the basic concepts are used and interpreted in Flash is excellent and that's why I think this book is a good bridge to that helps novice animators move up to the next level. Once you've mastered the concepts in this book, you're well-prepared to move up to a more sophisticated style of animation and concentrate on the animation and the story and not on manipulating the computer program.
Ok, first of all, I really enjoy flipping through the book and learning all the tips and tricks. Some of the materials were obviously a copy and paste from previous edition, but that's fine (for me at least) because this is my first "How to cheat" book from this author.Okay so my question is.....where is this CD that the book speak of?? On page 278, it says "I've also included the installed file on the CD included with the book," but I can't find it. Either did a sloppy job with the shipping and left out the CD or the ENTIRE book was just a cut and paste from previous edition (which included the CD, but not in the CS6 edition). I wouldn't know because I don't own the previous version of the books. I know that the previous version have CD included because it says so on the preview section of the other books.The table of contents doesn't even match up with the page #...(e.g. One of the sections says "playing with fire" is on page 242, but it really is on page 254! It makes finding the stuff I need very irritating.)I love all the tips and tricks in this book. They're very helpful for someone like me who wants to learn more about the hidden features of flash. I just wish the book was executed better.Edit - I'm going to give one more star just because the author and editor acknowledged their mistake. This is really a good book, and I don't want to doubt anyone who wants to purchase this book.
Excellent condition, new just as promised, the book arrived in just a matter of days from the day it shipped. Excellent service. I would rate a 5 star but my system wont allow it to submit with that. Guess there must always be room for improvement.
Great book! I wanted to start learning Flash and bought it based on description and flipping pages on . Surprise! It is not for beginners. Take a beginners course with something else. Then you can fully enjoy and benefit from the book.Overall, amazing book! I hate bible thick manuals.
So far, the book looks great. You need some basic knowledge of Flash with this book. As previous reviewers said it's not for a complete beginner but the pictures and tutorials look like they will be easy to handle. Someone said there is a missing disk, but the book gives directions on where to go to download the files because the disk is now not included in the 2013 version: [...]
This is a good book, but how lazy and sloppy can you get? You simply copied and pasted the Table of Contents from "How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS5" to this so-called "Update." Shame on you, Focal Press; and I'm embarrassed for you, Chris Georgenes!Please fix this immediately, and send me a corrected copy, so I can use it in teaching my class at the University of Houston!Update on review: I was personally promised a revised and corrected copy of this book by the "embarrassed" publisher. After waiting months for it, I email him again--no response and a broken promise. Not only does this company publish sloppily edited books, but does not fulfill their word! So I've changed my 3 stars to 1 star.2nd update: Heard from Chris, the author, who graciously apologized. I'm hoping to finally received the fully revised and corrected CC version soon. Will update again then.
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