November 4, 2003 9:36 AM
I decided to learn Flash recently for various reasons...
- It's here to stay.
- Knowing it helps my career.
- We have use for it in my department (see number 2 above)
- I know Illustrator, so picking up the Flash drawing tools won't be hard.
- DHTML can be a real whore sometimes.
The problem is, of course, the user interface for the Flash authoring environment. It's horrible, but has come a long way since the days of Flash 4. I've never been a fan of Macromedia applications UI's (because I'm really an Adobe guy at heart) and have mostly been struggling with where to edit this thing or that thing, where to define a script (or when to define a script vis-à-vis the Timeline).
I have to hand it to Macromedia for one thing though, their website has tons of material available for learning Flash. There's lots of sample files, articles, downloads, and manuals. Getting the PDF of the manual is free and easy, which I think is a smart thing for Macromedia to do (sort of a baiting tactic, but a warezing risk to be sure). All of that material is of course Macromedia centric (this thingy works great with this other Macromedia thingy).
Anyway, I have been looking for good resources out there and have bumped into the advert purgatory of FlashKit.com and the Moock's site. Any suggestions on where else to visit will be VERY welcome.