Very pleased to announce that I’ve started a new publishing relationship with Lynda.com and the first course in their library is “Getting Started with ActionScript”!
How did this come about? After my former publisher, video2brain was acquired – a number of us authors were asked whether we’d like to join the Lynda.com team and were given the opportunity to have certain existing English language courses included in the Lynda.com library. This is the initial result of that agreement – though I also have a much fresher course already recorded for them as well. Look for that in the next month or so…
Getting Started with ActionScript
ActionScript is an object-oriented programming language that has a wide reach on the web, the desktop, mobile devices, and beyond. In this workshop, expert software engineer Joseph Labrecque teaches you the fundamentals of programming in ActionScript 3 using both Flash Professional and Flash Builder. Learn how to use core constructs and object types such as variables, arrays, and functions, as well as more advanced types like video, sound, XML, and JSON.
One of the interesting things about working in web technologies with modern browsers (including mobile), is that we have so many choices due to fragmentation or simply because of competing ideas. I’ve found many of the solutions for web storage on mobile to be either lacking or frustratingly complex. A few weeks back, I rand across a nice solution to simply all of this and have adopted it into my workflow.
HTML5SQL.JS makes working with local databases in a PhoneGap app super easy. This video demonstrates how to use it within a project.
As with all of my publications with video2brain, there are a number of free videos that are made available through a number of distribution channels, including the video2brain website and YouTube. I have added all of these to my Edge Animate playlist for easy access. In all; 25 videos at nearly 2 hours of free Edge Animate content. Not a bad little resource.
Oh, and if you want the full 4.5 hour Edge Animate Power Workshop course; I have a 20% discount code for you! Coupon Code: EDGE20 is good through the 25th of January, 2013!
In this project-based workshop, Joseph Labrecque teaches you how to use some of the more advanced features in Adobe Edge Animate 1.0, including responsive layout design, external data consumption, and dynamic content generation. You’ll also learn about using compositions on mobile devices, generating content from Flash Professional for use in Animate, and a variety of distribution mechanisms that go well beyond the standard web browser. All this will be demonstrated in the process of creating an animated logo, a responsive header, a dynamic slideshow, and more.
In this workshop you’ll go beyond the basics in Edge Animate to begin exploiting the software’s full potential. The contents of this course include:
Introducing Adobe Edge Animate
In this introductory chapter, we’ll explore some basics of the Edge Animate application and build a foundation for the lessons to come.
Animated Cafe Logo
The lessons in this chapter demonstrate how to build an animated element from scratch using Edge Animate.
Building a Responsive Header
The lessons in this chapter demonstrate how to build a website header that takes advantage of Animate’s responsive layout capabilities.
Creating a Dynamic Slideshow
In this chapter you’ll see how to ingest externally managed data within an Animate composition that informs the dataset and navigational layout of a dynamic slideshow.
Targeting Mobile Devices
Edge Animate is created with mobile in mind. In this chapter you’ll see what this means to you and how to use the Edge Animate features related to mobile.
Edge Animate and Flash Professional
This chapter focuses on the relationship between what may initially be seen as two competing products – Flash Professional and Edge Animate – and demonstrates how they can be used together.
Now that we have all these compositions on hand, what is the most effective method of distribution? This chapter will detail a number of ways in which compositions can be used across platforms.
The newest public version of Adobe Edge – “Adobe Edge Animate Preview 7” – is now available for download from Adobe Labs! Aside from the obvious branding changes (the addition of the term “Animate” in the product name), this version of the application contains a ton of new functionality and some real polish.
Why was Adobe Edge renamed Adobe Edge Animate? Adobe Edge has been renamed Adobe Edge Animate to indicate it’s a tool to create animated, interactive web