If you want to learn Flash, you've come to the right place. Foundation Flash has a wide range of tutorials that everyone can enjoy. You can be up and running in minutes.
A Bit about Flash
It is hard these days to go around the internet without noticing Flash. All those "win a free ps3" ads for example. In fact, anything swish and animated is probably Flash. There are advantages to learning Flash over other languages:
- It is very visual - instantly you have something that looks good.
- There isn't too much code. Alright, there is some, but you don't have to use it until you are into really good interface driven products. Some people never use AS, yet can do some amazing animation.
- Anyone can view it easily enough - they have to have Flash Player (everyone with the internet does, pretty much), but apart from that there are no downloads.
- Sites will take your finished work without asking any questions. Newgrounds.com for example.
So how to I get started?
Your first step into getting into Flash creation is getting a copy of Flash from Adobe. I suspect there may be other programs out there with which you can make Flash, but Adobe owns Flash, so this must be the best one. In fact, you can get a 30-day free trial of Adobe Flash CS3 right now.
Your next step is to familiarise yourself with Flash. You can use our tutorials, but we also advocate messing around with Flash, getting to know what you can do, and what you can't.
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!
Fine! If you want your 30-day trial of Flash CS3, all you need to do is to go here: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=Flash. Once your thirty day trial is up, you'll need to do something about it. The standard course of action is, of course, to buy the product. Be warned though, it isn't cheap.It comes it at a mere £574.00 if you don't have a previous version. If you can't afford £574.00, buy an older version. Ebay can sell you Flash 8 (not a lot of difference, if you only use ActionScript 2) for under £100 if you look hard enough.
A Note About ActionScript
Those using CS3 will notice that they have a choice between ActionScript 2 and 3. All our tutorials are written with ActionScript 2 in mind - ActionScript 3 is brand new and has a few glitches so sort out. Plus, it is a little harder to understand. We do, however, have some tutorials written in AS3.