Flash CS4: The Missing Manual

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Printed Page 12
Flash Examples paragraph

In the Missing CD page for this book on the O'Reilly website (http://missingmanuals.com/cds/flashcs4tmm/, referenced on page 12 in the book), the list of under the Chapter 14 - Controlling Animation there are two files that return a Not Found error when I attempted to download them: •scenes_finished.fla - Finished example of scenes tutorial •scenes_no_action.fla - Beginning example targetting scenes with ActionScript

Anonymous  Mar 21, 2009 
Printed Page 30
Figure 1-10

Location: Flash CS4: The Missing Manual (1st Edition) Chapter 1 (Getting Around Flash) Page 30 Figure 1-10 Description: In this figure, it shows the Align panel from Flash CS3 (meant to be CS4!).

Anonymous  May 29, 2010 
Printed Page 31
Figure 1-11

Location: Flash CS4: The Missing Manual (1st Edition) Chapter 1 (Getting Around Flash) Page 31 Figure 1-11 Description: In this figure, it shows the Behaviours panel from Flash CS3 (meant to be CS4!).

Anonymous  May 29, 2010 
Printed Page 36
Figure 1-16

The image does not match the legend. The image shows a Properties panel showing the properties for a flash document called "Untitled-1" whereas the legend refers to specific properties of a text field, not a flash document.

Conor Rafferty  Jun 08, 2009 
Printed Page 54
sidebar "Taking Advantage of Templates", 2nd column

There is a list of template categories given, however the only template category installed with my Flash CS4 was "Advertising".

Conor Rafferty  Jun 08, 2009 
Printed Page 55
"Tip" section, at end.

Last line reads: Select Properties -> Properties -> Stage should read: Select Properties -> Properties -> Edit...

Conor Rafferty  Jun 08, 2009 
Printed Page 57-60
section

Insufficient details on the essential and crucial differences between Merge and Object drawing modes, since it is apparent that different modes result in radically different capabilities to modify or make use of the drawn objects. This information, these distinctions, critical to users just acquainting themselves with the product, are woefully inadequate.

Anonymous  Jun 17, 2010 
Printed Page 66
Pencil tool, point 4 heading and within that para.

4. Click...face, hands and feet similar to the ones in Figure 2-12. [There are no face, hands and feet in Figure 2-12.] ...trying to draw the feet you see in Figure 2-12) [No feet there]

Anonymous  Feb 14, 2009 
Printed Page 66
Pencil tool, point 2

point 2 heading reads: "In the Options section at the bottom of the Tools panel, click the down arrow." but should read something like: "In the Options section at the bottom of the Tools panel, click the bottom button, the one with the little down arrow in the bottom right corner."

Conor Rafferty  Jun 09, 2009 
Printed Page 67
figure 2-12 illustration

Incorrect figure illustration for Figure 2-12. Same as figure 2-11 on page 65.

WCCatt  Mar 26, 2009 
Printed Page 67
Figure 2-12

Under "Pencil Tool" item 4 on page 66 it states:"...draw little face, hands, and feet similar to the ones in Figure 2-12". The only problem is that Figure 2-12 is missing the face, hands and feet. (Pardon me for being so pedantic but I am an awful artist so any hints would do just fine).

Robin Wingrove  May 26, 2009 
Printed Page 94
Note: sidebar

The note refers to the sample code in frame_by_frame.fla. However this sample code seems to have a few errors. 1) It has 3x layers, and layers have not been introduced yet 2) In the last frame, #20, surely the fly and fly_trail layers should have a blank keyframe (to "disappear" the fly and trail, as a "yum" event has happened :-)

Conor Rafferty  Jun 09, 2009 
Printed Page 97
3rd bullet point = "To select an entire frame span.."

The definition of "frame span" is inconsistent with the definition in p96, Figure 3-7: Legend. and elsewhere. Here frame span apparently includes the next keyframe in the layer, but I don't think that's right. Oh, I see how it can be interpreted correctly now, but a "(but not including the next keyframe)" at the end of the definition would help!

Conor Rafferty  Jun 10, 2009 
Printed Page 126
step 12

In the "Adding a Motion Path to a Mask" example, would you please explain why you created the second symbol? I was able to achieve the effect with just one symbol. Thanks

Rich E  Aug 02, 2009 
Printed Page 133
Point 4

Suggest changing bold from: "Click the Scale tool in the Tools palette, and then scale the Sign so that it nearly fills the stage." to: "Select the sign and then click the Free Transform tool in the Tool Bar, and then scale the sign so that it nearly fills the stage." and also the last line should perhaps refer to the "Free Transform tool" tool rather than the "Scale tool"

Conor Rafferty  Jun 16, 2009 
Printed Page 133
point 6

This operation is a bit fiddly and needs clearer instructions at the start such as the following inserted as first sentence: "With the sign unselected, click the Select arrow from the Tool Bar and move the mouse over the path (without selecting anything)." We then can continue with the existing text: "The cursor shows a small curve icon..." etc. etc. I got stuck here for a long time because I assumed I had to select the path in order to bend it, and of course if the path is selected the curved icon never appears !!

Conor Rafferty  Jun 16, 2009 
Printed Page 144
Figure 4.2

The commentary for the bottom screenshot says "Here, you can tell the frame moved to frame 30 because the keyframe and end frame indicators have disappeared from their original locations (Frames 16 and 17) and reappeared in their new locations (Frames 29 and 30)." In the actual screenshot, the keyframe and end frame indicators have NOT disappeared from their original locations (Frames 16 and 17).

Conor Rafferty  Jan 23, 2009 
Printed Page 144
figure 4-2

In figure 4-2 (bottom), the keyframe and end frame indicators didn't disappear from frames 16 and 17. I apologize in advance if I've misinterpreted the diagram. Thanks.

Jeffrey Worley  Apr 27, 2009 
Printed Page 149
Instruction 1. under "Adding Content to Multiple Layers"

Intstruction 1. reads: "1. Open the file multiple_layers_begin.fla" however this file is not in the CD, (but multiple_layers.fla is)

Conor Rafferty  Jan 23, 2009 
Printed Page 191
Section Titled "Moving (translating) objects in three dimensions"

The 3-D tool in my version of Flash CS4 Professional does not present a series of three arrows joined at a pivot point. Instead, the tool creates a red/green/blue crosshair that can be manipulated to alter the various perspectives. One cannot grasp the point of an arrow to manipulate the object as the text indicates.

Thom  Feb 11, 2009 
Printed Page 240
1st paragraph, last sentence

Text confuses readers between symbols and instances of symbols. Here is the last sentence; I've inserted suggested changes in []'s. "Double-clicking [an instance of] a symbol on the stage or selecting Edit->Edit in Place from the main menu or from the pop-up menu that appears when you right-click an instance on the stage all tell Flash that you want to edit in place."

Conor Rafferty  Jun 12, 2009 
Printed Page 240
2nd paragraph "Edit in New Window", second sentence

Text confuses readers between symbols and instances of symbols. Here is the second sentence with the suggested changes in []'s. "Right-click (or Control-click) [an instance of] a symbol on the stage, and then choose "Edit in New Window" from the pop-up menu."

Conor Rafferty  Jun 12, 2009 
Printed Page 240
4th bullet point

suggested additions in []: "[Select an instance of the symbol and] Select Edit->Edit Symbols" as if you don't select an instance, Flash will open the symbol for the first instance it comes across, which may not be the one you want to edit....

Conor Rafferty  Jun 12, 2009 
Printed Page 241
First bullet point

(suggested deletions in []) "Double-click the symbol, either in the list or in the preview window. The symbol opens in Edit [in Place] mode."

Conor Rafferty  Jun 12, 2009 
Printed Page 241
3rd bullet

(suggested deletions in []) "Right-click a symbol in the list. From the pop-up menu that appears, choose Edit[, Edit in Place, or Edit in New Window. The pop-up menu lets you select exactly how you'd like view the symbol while editing.]" the other options are not available from this pop-up, only Edit Does this book HAVE an editor ?

Conor Rafferty  Jun 12, 2009 
Printed Page 241
2nd set of bullet points

Need to add a bullet point like so: "Select an instance of the symbol and then choose Edit->Edit In Place."

Conor Rafferty  Jun 12, 2009 
Printed Page 243
point 3

"In the create New Symbole dialog box, [turn on the Graphic radio button]." replace contents of [] with: "select the Graphic option from the drop-down listbox"

Conor Rafferty  Jun 16, 2009 
PDF Page 263
3. In the Category box, click to select Photo Slideshows.

I searched for the templates and they don´t exist with my version Cs4 Download. When I searched the Internet I came across a discussion at help.Adobe.com http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flash/10.0_UsingFlash/WSF3E4AA32-2152-4531-904B-9FD75668ED52a.html There were others who were missing the templates also. Do you know where I can download the templates from so I can complete the exercise?

Jim Clegg  Jan 24, 2010 
Printed Page 263
whole of pages 263 to 266

I only have the advertising templates in my version of Flash CS4. Please can you tell me how to obtain the templates listed on page 263

Anonymous  Feb 23, 2010 
Printed Page 354
note

Where are the files for chapter 11 that it mentions on page 354?

Paul  Apr 07, 2009 
Printed Page 371
2nd paragraph "The URL for the practice file is http://examples.oreilly.com/flashcs4mm/building/implode.flv

I see that on the confirmed errata that you know the video of the imploding building is not on the missing cd for CS4. I had to hunt around to find it in CS3 cd. Now, when I'd like to import the video from the website, the file apparently doesn't exist, even after searching several ways. It only seems right that you would at least see that the file was on the internet at the suggested location so we could practice "already deployed to a web server,..." when importing videos. I like missing manuels, but this one is buggy - it seems a lot of it didn't get updated from the previous version :-(

Anonymous  Mar 29, 2010 
Printed Page 404
3rd paragraph, last line

line reads: "The original case is used when none of the other cases match" should read "The "default" case is used when none of the other cases match"

Conor Rafferty  Jun 19, 2009 
Printed Page 406
section titled "for() statements repeat tasks a specific number of times"

The explanation of the for() loop shown includes the bullet point: "Following the semicolon, you finally arrive at the condition that's being tested. Are there fewer than six Bearcats?" I don't think it works to give the for() loop's index some semantics/meaning like "number of Bearcats bought" as that means the start/end condition pairs include (0,5) and (1,6) and, if these are taken to mean the number of bearcats purchased, then in each case one of the values seems wrong, e.g. we start with 0 of them (correct) but end up with 5 of them (incorrect). Or we start with 1 of them (incorrect!) and end up with 6 (correct). I suggest dropping the last sentence of the bullet point.

Conor Rafferty  Jun 19, 2009 
Printed Page 441
Note Line

The book notes a file you can download. timer_event.fla The file is missing from the web site.

Anonymous  Jan 31, 2009 
Printed Page 463
sample code listings on p463 and p464

the sample code listings on p463 and p464 does not match up to the code in the sample file, for example there comments in the book version but not in the file version. Also the ordering of sections is different. This means that the line numbering in the commentary is meaningless, or worse, confusing.

Conor Rafferty  Jun 25, 2009 
Printed Page 463
4th bullet point

list of cards and their indexes is incorrect: list starts at card2 and says its index is 0 list should start at card1 (whose index is 0), continue to card2 (index = 1) etc.

Conor Rafferty  Jun 25, 2009 
Printed Page 464
sample code listings on p463 and p464

the last bit of the sample code is listing from the companion files (from line 29 on)

Conor Rafferty  Jun 25, 2009 
Other Digital Version 491
1. Open the file scenes_no_action.fla

File does not download from the main page link and is not in whole missingCD.Zip download. I'm still trying to follow along in the book, but is a bit confusing since I'm not certain how the different scenes are set up.

Anonymous  Mar 15, 2009 
Printed Page 491
Second "Note:"

From page 488 on, "Working with Scenes" is confusing (don't know if images need to be recreated for words and buttons). Scenes_start.fla does not exist-- only scenes_begin.fla (also is Flash version 8 ActionScript version 2.0, so certain commands can't be read in ActionScript 3.0, even if publish as is updated. On page 491, scenes_no_action.fla file is missing from server.

Robert Redding  Mar 23, 2010