Chapter 1. Creating the Perfect Flash Site

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Planning your Flash site

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Assembling the site assets

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Building the Flash site

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Publishing your site

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The first page of Chapter 1 is always an exciting place in any book. It’s where you find out what’s in store for you in the upcoming pages. Or hey, maybe you’ve already read three chapters and have just decided to restart at the beginning. (What a novel concept!) Well, you can get away with that when reading a book, but if you try to create an interface for your Flash site without first having done your homework, it’s almost like trying to fly without knowing how to operate an airplane — but not nearly as hazardous to your health.

In this chapter, I show you the steps you go through to create a Flash site. And like anything else you build, there is a process. Whether you’re creating a Flash site for your son’s baseball team or for your boss — who plopped an unopened box on your desk that says “Flash Professional 8” and said, “Build me a Flash site” — if you don’t approach the process logically, you’re destined to have more than your share of headaches. Like the self-help gurus say, “Fail to plan, and you plan to fail.”

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