Recently I have been taking some classes to try and teach myself how to learn Flash.  I learned a little bit in college, but since that was 5+ years ago, a lot of the programs have advanced since then and I don’t really remember much of what we did either since I have not really been consistently using the program since.  As I work to finish up my final assignment in the online course I am taking, I saw that How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS6 was available to review so I figured I would check it out on top of what I was already working on to see if maybe I could learn some new techniques.  (The *real* test will be if I create anything on my own to actually be put in place on any of my websites!)

The book assumes that you have some basic knowledge of how the program works so if you have never used it before, you might be better off reading a beginning book before checking this book out just to make sure that you know what you are doing before trying to dive in to the rest of the info in this book.

I liked that everything is step by step and breaks down how to draw things more so than just saying “here’s what you need to draw, figure it out” like some other tutorials I have checked out have done. (That leaves me going “uhh?” while this book has me going “oh! ok!”)

It starts with more basic techniques and then moves on to harder ones as the book progresses (I need major work on the stuff further in the book! but I am willing to learn!)

This book is a great reference and although I have received a free e-copy, it does have an expiration date so I am considering purchasing a copy of it just so that I can have it on hand if/when I decide to continue on with my Flash projects in the future. It’s about $18 on amazon which is not bad for something that will be quite useful!

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compenated.

About the Book

Whether you are creating an animated short, catchy and fun cartoon or mobile game, save time and money with expert cheats by renowned Flash Expert, Chris Georgenes with all new content for the Flash CS6 revision. With practical applications and step by step tutorials solve problems quickly to develop creative projects to time and to budget. Many of these walkthroughs are real-world client projects, with the source files supplied for you to open and explore. With these real-life professional projects you’ll discover how to: bring objects to life with cool motion effects, make it rain, snow or set your world ablaze, develop flash mobile applications and many more tips and tricks not found anywhere else!

With his in-depth knowledge of the little-known secrets used by the pros to produce creative, professional animations, Chris is the go-to guru for designers and animators who want to create great animation, applications or motion design with Flash. Fully updated for CS6, How to Cheat in Flash CS6, is a goldmine of artistic inspiration, timesaving practical tips, tricks and step-by-step walkthroughs that you’ll wonder how you survived without it. New! CS6 cheats and examples with practical solutions for the busy animator with a focus on Action Script, Flash for mobile applications, specifically for Android development, as well as a focus on an improved physics engine. Put the Adobe Flash CS6 cheats to the test with the fully updated companion website with downloadable Flash source files, examples and video tutorials, and a creative commons game, developed with Adobe, to demonstrate the new functionality of CS6!

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