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This course teaches fundamental programming techniques. It begins by introducing core concepts including instance names, variables, functions, properties & methods; then proceeds through conditions, loops, event handling & animating with ActionScript 3.0

Course Outline
Adobe Flash CS4: ActionScript 3.0 provides experienced Flash designers with the knowledge and hands-on practice they need to create dynamically generated event-driven animation and interactive games with Flash. The course teaches fundamental programming techniques. It begins by introducing core concepts including instance names, variables, functions, properties, and methods; then proceeds through conditions, loops, event handling, and animating with ActionScript 3.0   Course Outline

Lesson 1 - Getting a Handle on ActionScript

  • What Is ActionScript 3.0?
  • About Objects and Classes
  • About Methods and Properties
  • ActionScript Syntax: Dot Notation and Punctuation
  • The Actions Panel
  • Editing ActionScript
  • Using Objects
  • About Functions
  • Using Comments
Lesson 2 - Advanced Buttons and Event Handling
  • Listening for Events
  • Mouse Detection
  • The SimpleButton Class
  • Invisible Buttons
  • Animated Buttons and the Movie Clip Symbol
  • Complex Buttons
  • Button-Tracking Options
  • Changing Button Behavior
  • Creating Buttons Dynamically
  • Keyboard Detection
  • The Contextual Menu
  • Creating Continuous Actions
  • A Summary of Events
Lesson 3 - Controlling Multiple Timelines
  • Navigating Timelines with Movie Clips
  • Target Paths
  • Absolute and Relative Paths
  • Using the with Action to Target Objects
  • Movie Clips as Containers
  • Using Frame Labels
Lesson 4 - Managing Outside Communication
  • Communicating through the Web Browser
  • Loading External Flash Movies
  • Controlling Loaded Flash Movies
  • Loading External Images
  • Detecting Download Progress: Preloaders
Lesson 5 - Controlling & Displaying Graphics
  • Understanding the Display List
  • Changing Graphic Properties
  • Controlling Scaling and Distortion
  • Modifying and Blending Color
  • Applying Special Effects with Filters
  • Creating Drag-and-Drop Interactivity
  • Detecting Collisions
  • Generating Graphics Dynamically
  • Controlling Stacking Order
  • Creating Vector Shapes Dynamically
  • Using Dynamic Masks
Lesson 6 - Controlling Sound
  • Using Sounds
  • Playing Sounds from the Library
  • Loading and Playing External Sounds
  • Controlling Sound Playback
  • Modifying Volume and Balance
  • Detecting Sound Events
  • Working with MP3 Song Information
  • Visualizing Sound Data
  • Putting It Together: Dynamic Sound Controls
Lesson 7 - Controlling Information Flow
  • Using Variables and Expressions
  • Loading External Variables
  • Storing and Sharing Information
  • Modifying Variables
  • Concatenating Variables and Dynamic Referencing
  • Testing Information with Conditional Statements
  • Providing Alternatives to Conditions
  • Branching Conditional Statements
  • Combining Conditions with Logical Operators
  • Looping Statements
Lesson 8 - Controlling Text
  • Input Text
  • Dynamic Text
  • Selecting Text Field Options
  • Displaying HTML
  • TextField Properties
  • Generating Text Fields Dynamically
  • Modifying Text in Text Fields
  • Formatting Text Fields from an External Style Sheet
  • Detecting the Focus of Text Fields
  • Controlling the Focus and Selection within Text Fields
  • Analyzing Text
  • Modifying Text
Lesson 9 - Manipulating Information
  • Making Calculations with the Math Class
  • Calculating Angles
  • Creating Directional Movement
  • Calculating Distances
  • Generating Random Numbers
  • Ordering Information with Arrays
  • Keeping Track of Objects with Arrays
  • Using the Date and Time

Prerequisites & Certificates

To gain the most from this class, students should: * Completed the Adobe Flash CS3: Rich Content Creation course, or have equivalent experience. * The desire to learn how to program Flash content using ActionScript 3.0.

Certificates offered

Participants receive a certificate of completion.

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation/reschedule policy requires notification at least 10 business days before the class start date for a full refund. Please note that you are responsible for notifying NTG of your inability to attend class or you will be invoiced for the full payment.

Should you need to cancel in less than 10 business days before the start of the class, you will be given a 100% credit towards a future class that must be taken within 6 months of the start of the original class. If you are not able to reschedule to a future class, you will be charged 50% of the upfront registration fee.

Classes are subject to cancellation by NTG up to two weeks prior to the class date. It is important to keep this in mind before you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.

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I liked the pace and the "teach then try" style that was used. It was engaging, we weren't listening to long sets of info then trying to remember it and it made the day fly by. I also retained more as I was instantly engaged with trying the skills myself.
Reviewed by 2016
Todd McCall is a passionate, well-informed and thoughtful instructor. His course exceeded my training needs and his commitment to experiential learning is superb! I will definitely take another class if he is the instructor.
Reviewed by 2014
Andrew was a great instructor!
Reviewed by 2014
Good course, absolutely satisfied
Reviewed by 2013
This was a good course to learn the essentials of Captivate as a software program.
Reviewed by 2012
The instructor was great and followed the curriculum as per Adobe's book but Dreamweaver is a beast of a software with a high learning curve. I found that this course just scratched the surface and taught me the basics and that I would need more practice and learning to create a simple website with ease. This is not a criticism of the course really but I felt I would personally benefit from a slightly slower pace and an extra day. I didn't know that at the time as I seemed to follow the instructor's instructions well and it seemed to make sense in the classroom but once I got home I felt a little stuck!
Reviewed by 2011

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