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Flash CS BIT102

Learn How Flash works  -Study online

For Flash to work on a website, the person visiting the website needs to have a ‘plug-in’ installed. This ‘plug-in’ enables the browser to identify and then display Flash content. Although the plug-in is a separate program, recent statistics show that around 95% of internet users already have the Flash plug-in installed. Flash is heavily supported by the I.T. industry and therefore comes installed with most windows based PC’s and some Mac computers. In later lessons, we will show you how to make your website detect if the visitor has the plug-in installed and if they don’t, how to direct them to the macromedia site to install it.

Flash was developed by a company called Macromedia. Earlier verions are known as Macromedia Flash. The Adobe company has since bought out Macromedia; hence Flash is now an Adobe product.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Flash.

It assumes the student has no knowledge of Flash at all but they must have access to a computer with a CDROM drive and Flash MX installed. As with all our computer courses, students are able to purchase the software required (Flash MX) at a heavily discounted price (academic pricing). More information can be obtained about this from the school.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to easily understand all the major aspects of Flash MX and use it to produce their own Flash applications.

There are twelve lessons in total, as outlined below:

  1. Introduction to Flash -Introduction, Vector graphics, Bitmap graphics, Streaming, How flash works, Upgraded features
  2. Using the Flash MX editor -Creating a new document, Setting preferences, Editing, Clipboard, Action script editing, Zooming, Scenes, Objects, Moving the stage, Grids,Guides, Rulers, Timeline, Keyframes, Layers, Frame labels, etc.
  3. Drawing & Colour -Toolbar, Basics of drawing in flash, Pencil tool, Drawing lines and shapes, Brush tool, Masks, etc
  4. Working with objects & symbols -Objects, Arrow tool, Lasso tool, Symbols, Assets, Library, etc
  5. Working with text -Static text, Embedded and Device Fonts, etc
  6. Working with graphics -Turning bitmaps into vector graphics, Using bitmaps as fills, Modifying bitmap fills, The magic wand.
  7. Animation -Frame by frame animation, Tweened animation, Setting up a movie, Animating, Layers, Adding a background, Creating timeline effects.
  8. Actionscript -Creating interaction, Planning scripts for a movie, Object oriented programming, The movie clip object.
  9. Using audio in your movies -Unsynchronised sound, Synchronised sound, Importing sounds, Adding sounds to frames, Adding sounds to buttoons, Using event sounds, Start sounds, Streaming sounds, Stopping sounds, Looping sounds, Editing sounds.
  10. Using video in your movies -Quality, Keyframe interval, Scale, Importing audio, Working with video, Importing video.
  11. Components -The check box, Importing text scroll bar, Creating a form, Adding a check box, Adding a combo box, Push buttons, Configure components, Write action script to gather data, Action script for the entire movie, Action script to each key frame, Testing the movie.
  12. Publishing -How to prepare your finished movie for distribution via the Internet, CD and other formats. You will also learn techniques for optimising your movies so they perform efficiently and on multiple system configurations.

GREAT SUPPORT FROM FLASH EXPERTS
I.T. staff at this school have been using flash professionally for most of the past decade. Your tutors are not only experienced professionals, but all hold university level qualifications.
You will receive personal guidance, as you build your skills throughout this course.
It is a tried and proven study program with solid one on one support!
If you are not sure about whether Flash is for you, why don't you contact one of the tutors direct. We're only happy to advise and help you make the right decision for you.
Our counselling service is FREE!


SAMPLE FROM COURSE NOTES....

The following is taken from the beginning, introductory section of the course
Lesson 1

Introduction to Flash 8

Aim

This lesson provides a brief description of Flash and how it fits into the Internet website development industry.

INTRODUCTION

In the 1990’s, most websites were simply made up of static graphics, text and sometimes simple animations (called animated Gifs) which made many sites nothing more than glorified brochures and text heavy resources. With the birth of the ‘New Media’ industry, new tools were developed to make the internet a much more interactive and entertaining medium – one of these tools was Macromedia Flash.

Flash enabled website designers and developers to create complex animations, incorporate decent quality sound and develop unique and experimental interfaces for their online projects. Using vector graphics and special compression techniques, Flash allows websites to show high quality graphics, play great sound and add ‘extra dimensions’ of interactivity without choking up bandwidth. This has made Flash one of today’s most popular website development and design tools.

VECTOR GRAPHICS

In the past, the web was restricted to display ‘bitmap graphics’. Bitmap graphics (such as jpeg, gif and bmp files) display graphics by storing information on every single pixel (or dot) that makes up the picture. This can lead to very high quality graphics such as photos but has the disadvantage of having large file sizes, which leads to slow downloading times on the internet.

Flash uses vector graphics which are a different type of graphic. The information stored in the graphic file is less specific in respect to how the image is made up.

For instance, say you had a simple graphic that was a line 20 pixels long and coloured red. A bitmap version of this image would have the following data: pixel #1, colour red, pixel #2, colour red, pixel #3, colour red, pixel #4, colour red.. etc. all the way to pixel #20, colour red.

A vector image, on the other hand, would have the following data for the same image: draw line from location 1 to location 20, colour red.

As you can imagine, a complex graphic would have a lot less data in vector format than a bitmap graphic, this gives vector graphics a great advantage when using them on the internet as they load much faster.

Another benefit of vector graphics is that they are ‘scaleable’ which means they can be shrunk or magnified without losing any detail at all.

WHY USE BITMAP GRAPHICS?

Although there are many advantages with vector graphics, bitmap graphics have their advantages too. The main advantage is that bitmap graphics handle gradients and other detailed information much better than vector graphics. This means that high detail graphics such as photos will display much more reliably in bitmap format.

STREAMING

Flash uses another internet friendly technology called ‘streaming’. Streaming enables information to be displayed as it is downloading, rather than only displaying once downloading has completed. This enables a well designed Flash project to seem to load instantly or very quickly while in fact it is downloading information as the user views it.

A good example of this technology is ‘streaming audio’ where you can listen to music while it is downloading across the internet instead of waiting for it to completely download.

HOW FLASH WORKS

For Flash to work on a website, the person visiting the website needs to have a ‘plug-in’ installed. This ‘plug-in’ enables the browser to identify and then display Flash content. Although the plug-in is a separate program, recent statistics show that around 95% of internet users already have the Flash plug-in installed. Flash is heavily supported by the I.T. industry and therefore comes installed with most windows based PC’s and some Mac computers. In later lessons, we will show you how to make your website detect if the visitor has the plug-in installed and if they don’t, how to direct them to the macromedia site to install it.

 

Why Choose This Course

  • Course notes and materials are unique (written by our staff) and up to date (most revised annually) –our graduates are more up to date with what they learn than many other institutions.
  • We don’t just present you with information; we also work to help you understand and remember it, develop an ability to apply it in the real world, and build networks with others who work in this field.
  • Start any time, study at your own pace, study from anywhere
  • Don’t waste time and money traveling to and from classes
  • More choices in your assignment work –courses are written to allow you more options to focus on parts of the subject that are of more interest to you.
  • Tutors more accessible than many colleges – academics are hard at work in both the UK and Australia, 5 days a week, 16 hours a day, and answering individual queries from students are top priority and always attended to within a day –often within an hour.
  • Be treated like an individual –don’t get lost in a crowd of other students. Our tutors interact with you one to one.
  • Extra help at no extra cost where needed.. If you find a task you can’t do, we will help you through it or give you another option.
  • Support after graduation –We will advise on getting work, starting a business, putting a CV together. We will promote students and their businesses through our extensive profile on the internet. Any graduate who asks will be helped.

How You Study

  • When you enroll, we send you an email that explains it all.
  • You are given a short orientation video to watch, where our principal introduces you to how the course works, and how you can access all sorts of support services
  • You are either given access to your course online, or sent a CD or course materials through the mail (or by courier).
  • You work through lessons one by one. Each lesson has at least four parts:
    • An aim -which tells you what you should be achieving in the lesson
    • Reading -notes written and regularly revised by our academic staff
    • Set Task(s) -These are practicals, research or other experiential learning tasks that strengthen and add to what you have been reading
    • Assignment -By answering questions, submitting them to a tutor, then getting feedback from the tutor, you confirm that you are on the right track, but more than that, you are guided to consider what you have been studying in different ways, broadening your perspective and reinforcing what you are learning about
    • Other - Your work in a course rarely stops at just the above four parts. Different courses and different students will need further learning experiences. Your set task or assignment may lead to other things, interacting with tutors or people in industry, reviewing additional reference materials or something else. We treat every student as an individual and supplement their learning needs as the occasion requires.
  • You are given access to and encouraged to use a range of supplementary services including an online student room, including online library; student bookshop, newsletters, social media etc.
  • You are provided with a "student manual" which you can refer to if and when needed. It provides a quick solution to most problems that might occur (some people never need to use this; but if you are studying late at night & have a problem, the manual provides a first port of call that can often get you moving again).

Recognition

  • ACS is known and highly respected internationally: by employers and academics alike:
  • Recognised by International Accreditation and Recognition Council
  • ACS has been training people around the world since 1979
  • Over 100,000 have now studied ACS courses, across more than 150 countries
  • Formal affiliations with colleges in five countries
  • A faculty of over 40 internationally renowned academics –books written by our staff used by universities and colleges around the world.

 


How the payment Options Work

You can be either pay fees in one or two parts.

  • If paying in 2 parts, the first part is paid on enrolment, and the second part two months later (You are sent a bill when you enrol).
  • If you pay the full fee on enrolment, we offer a discounted fee (commonly around 8% lower)

 

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