What is Flash?
Flash is a revolutionary technology on the Internet through which rich multimedia content sites can be developed with ease. Flash is a vector-based program, which in simple terms means that the graphical information is stored in the form of mathematical formulae rather than pixel tables.
Vector information takes up lesser space compared to storing individual pixel values which results in Flash files being much smaller than their animated graphical counterparts.
In addition to animations, Flash can be used to make really complex multimedia content with interactivity and sound. Drop down or scrolling menus, animated buttons, custom animated cursors and even games can be made with Flash.
Flash files are made using the Flash software developed by Macromedia ( www.macromedia.com ). You can download a demo version from the company site.
Flash is similar to other graphic programs as far as its drawing tools are concerned, which makes the learning curve easier if you have worked on Adobe PhotoShop or Paint Shop Pro.
The series of lessons in this tutorial guide you through the basic concepts of Flash such as:
- Drawing tools.
- Frames, Layers and the Stage.
- Movie properties.
- Basic controls and commands available in the Flash menu.
- Embedding Flash in HTML pages.
- Symbols and why they are required.
- Creating and modifying symbols.