Flash is a software product
of Macromedia, Inc. for producing high-impact, interactive web experiences.
A user can create animated logos, Web Site navigation controls, entire
flash Web Sites or Web applications with the help of Flash.
Few points that you should
know about flash:
1. File Size: The best thing
about flash is the small file size of the flash
compare to other standard bitmap formats used on the Web,
2. Interactivity: The flash
applications can be made interactive to the
3. Easy to learn: The process
of making a flash movie is easy to learn.
4. Vector graphics: Flash
uses the vector graphics technology to create
animation rather than bitmap technology.
5. Importing flash files:
Flash files can be imported in many new Web
like Director, Dreamweaver, MS Frontpage etc.
6. Browser Independent: Flash
is almost independent of browser
flash files can only be viewed with a plug-in. Though the older
do not come with Flash plug-in, the new browser do come
Flash plug-in. For older versions of browser you can download
easily and free of cost.To download Flash plug-in Click
To create your own Flash movies you
need to buy a Flash program. The latest version from Macromedia is Flash
5. If you do not have a Flash program, you can download
a 30 days free trial version of Flash 5 from Macromedia. I would suggest
to download the trial version before starting this tutorial, so that you
can open the flash and play with it when needed.
This tutorial is divided into 12 sections
to make it short and easy to understand. You should go through first two
sections first. After that you can directly go to the Example and refer
back to other sections whenever needed.