Flash Application Design Solutions: The Flash Usability Handbook

Flash Application Design Solutions: The Flash Usability Handbook by Nick Cheung, Craig Bryant 1590595947 9781590595947
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Flash Application Design Solutions shows you how to harness the power of ActionScript 2.0 and make the most of the improved design tools of Flash 8 to create usable, intuitive Flash interfaces. In this book, youll find a number of concrete Flash usability solutions that use elements such as navigation menus, data filtering, forms, content loaders, Flash liquid layouts, help tips, and many other features. Youll learn how each of these solutions actually improves on what is possible with HTML and JavaScript. In each case, youll see how users interact with the website feature, and how it gives users the most intuitive, enjoyable experience possible while using your application. Youll get a step-by-step analysis of how to program and build each solution, and how to make it scalable, maintainable, and reusable. The book concludes with a case study that showcases the solutions developed in the previous chapters, all working together in a single application. This example puts all the pieces together and highlights just how, with some thought and consideration, Flash can improve usability on the Web. This book is essential reading for all Flash designers and developers, from beginners seeking valid solutions to veteran Flashers looking for a fresh perspective on application design, interaction, and reusability. Youll learn: Important Web usability theory How to build usable Flash applications Effective object-oriented programming using ActionScript How to use new Flash 8 features Object-oriented ActionScript programming Summary of Contents: PART ONE: INTRODUCING FLASH USABILITY Chapter 1: Flash: Then, Now, Later Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Flash Environment PART TWO: THE USABILITY SOLUTIONSChapter 3: A Basic Selection System Chapter 4: Navigation Menus Chapter 5: Content Loading Chapter 6: Inventory Views and Selection Devices Chapter 7: Data Filtering Chapter 8: Forms Chapter 9: State Management and Storage Chapter 10: Help Tips Chapter 11: Browser History Chapter 12: Liquid Layouts Chapter 13: Embedding Flash PART THREE: PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER Chapter 14: Planning for Usability Chapter 15: The Usable Bookstore

Author: Nick Cheung, Craig Bryant

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Apress

Publication Date: 2006-03-02


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