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October 26, 2009

Flash and ActionScript References and Cheat Sheets

Here are some excellent Flash and ActionScript References and Cheat Sheets at appletree’s quick reference cards. Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Flash is commonly used to integrate video and sound into web pages to create animation and compelling multimedia presentations. These ActionScript and Flash reference materials will help you work more efficiently and effectively with Flash. These are in pdf and jpg format.

Adobe Flash Platform Rich Internet Application Development 2.1M 
This document provides an insight of the Adobe Flash platform for creating rich internet applications.

Flash CS4 OSX Shortcuts 275K
This document discusses the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Flash on the OSX platform.

Flash CS3 Quick Reference 347K 
This is a quick reference that details the fundamentals, tools and keyboard shortcuts of Flash CS3.

Flash ActionScript quick reference 200K
This document is a quick reference to the operators, program flow control, global functions, constants and compiler directives in ActionScript.

Actionscript 3.0 Flash Display 217K  
This document discusses the display functions used in ActionScript for displaying various objects.

Actionscript 3.0 Migration 90K 
This is a migration document for converting ActionScript 2.0 code to ActionScript 3.0.

Actionscript 3.0 Packages 24K 
This document provides a list of ActionScript 3.0 packages.

Actionscript 3.0 Top Level 50K 
This document provides a brief look at the top level functions of ActionScript 3.0.

Actionscript 3.0 Migration Cheatsheet 90K 
This document acts as a cheatsheet for migration to ActionScript 3.0.

AcitionScript 3.0 Cheatsheet Migration 90K
This document is a quick preference that provides migration information on migrating applications to ActionScript 3.0.

AcitionScript 3.0 Cheatsheet Top Level 50K
This document provides a top level look at the functions, constants, classes and arguments used in ActionScript 3.0.

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October 17, 2009

7 Flash ActionScript eBooks

I just wrote a post on for 7 Flash ActionScript 3.0 eBooks that  you may want to take a look at if you’re seeking more information and to learn about Flash ActionScript. Here is the direct link to these ebooks.

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May 11, 2009

28 Flash Tutorials

Here are 28 Flash Tutorials at SmartWebby that show you how to do animations and code Actionscript in Flash, both of which go hand in hand. Animation is an important aspect of working in Flash as it is used to make rich interactive content for websites. ActionScript is usually intertwined with almost all animation in Flash as the control lies in ActionScript code. It is important to note that some basic animation can be carried out without using ActionScript, and that ActionScript allows greater control and flexibility to the animations. These Flash tutorials also cover advanced topics like outline effects, shape hints, text effects, and advanced buttons, and using Flash with ASP and VBScript.

Flash Animation Tutorials:
These Flash tutorials teach the basics of animation, the symbols allowed and the effects that Flash allows on a symbol.

 - Flash Symbols
 - Basics of Flash Animations
 - Creating Attractive Graphics in Flash
 - Advanced Flash Buttons
 - Using Sound in Flash Buttons
 - Cool & Simple Flash Effects
 - Basics of Using Text in Flash

Flash Actionscript Tutorials:
These Actionscript tutorials demonstrate how to use ActionScript to carry out simple animation such as controlling a movie clip, creating a preloader and adding sounds to the animation.

 - Creating a Custom Cursor in Flash.
 - Starting & Stopping Movieclips in Flash
 - Displaying HTML Text in Flash
 - Displaying Time in Flash
 - Sound On/Off Buttons in Flash
 - Creating Text Scrollbars in Flash
 - Simple Flash Preloader
 - Bringing External Data into Flash

Advanced Flash Tutorials:
These Flash tutorials teach advanced aspects of animation and how to optimize them, along with creating advanced text and background effects.

 - Advanced Buttons
 - How to optimize animations
 - Outline Effect
 - Shape Hints
 - Sinewave Background Effect
 - Text Effects

SmartWebby’s Guide to Flash ‘n’ ASP:
This is a quick must read section of Flash that cover a host of topics such as integrating Flash with ASP, preparing the stage for animation, database interaction and field validation.

 -  Introduction
 -  Basics of Flash and ASP
 -  Preparing the Stage
 -  Sending Data from your Flash form to the database
 -  Getting Data from the database into your Flash form
 -  Flash preloader that waits for the data to load
 -  Validation of fields in Flash forms using JScript and VBScript

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April 4, 2009

12 Flash Tutorials

Here are 12 Flash Tutorials, from, that cover Flash basics, inserting rich media and the aesthetics of designing in Flash. These Flash tutorials also demonstrate gaming and game creation in Flash using ActionScript, Layers and Positioning. Flash has set about various trends in design and layout and this aspect is explored in depth here. A small section on Flash MX is provided which details authoring in Flash MX and Flash 6. These Flash tutorials also explain platform and browser limitations with regards to Flash, and areas of improvement such as Tab Order, Document Structure, Voicing Strategy and ‘Skip to Content’ links.

12 Flash Tutorials:

 - Semantic Flash: Slippery When Wet
 - Flash Embedding Cage Match
 - Bye Bye Embed
 - Flash Satay: Embedding Flash While Supporting Standards
 - Flash MX: Moving Toward Accessible Rich Media
 - Flash MX: Clarifying the Concept
 - The Flash Aesthetic
 - Game Design in Flash 5, Part II: Heroes & Villains
 - Flash’s Got a Brand New Bag
 - The Declination of Independence
 - Flash Access: Unclear on the Concept
 - Sympathy for the Plug-in

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March 30, 2009

59 Flash Tutorials

Here are 59 well-written Flash Tutorials from that cover Flash fundamentals and an introduction to the latest version of Flash’s native object-oriented programming language, ActionScript 3, with various coding examples. Most of the animation explained in these Flash Tutorials is done programmatically to better explain ActionScript, its variables and how to build the script. These Flash Tutorials also deal with XML, menu creation, loading multiple images and mouse-based image animation.

59 Flash Tutorials:

 - Basic Concepts of Flash
 - Animating with Flash
 - Vertical 3D Carousel with ActionScript 3
 - Flash Bubbles with ActionScript 3
 - Multiple 3D Carousels with ActionScript 3
 - Flash 3D Carousel with XML and ActionScript 3
 - 3D Tunnel with ActionScript 3
 - Flipping Image Pieces with ActionScript 3
 - Modern Preloader with ActionScript 3
 - Glowing Text Effect with ActionScript 3
 - Cool Menu with ActionScript 3
 - Random Boxes Text Effect with ActionScript 3
 - Advanced XML Menu with ActionScript 3
 - Cool MovieClip Scroller
 - Creating a Menu via XML
 - XML Pages with ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 TransitionManager
 - ActionScript 3 Trail Effect
 - ActionScript 3 Spiral
 - ActionScript 3 Snowfall Effect
 - Shooting Masks via ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 Shake Effect
 - ActionScript 3 Custom Scrollbar
 - Rotating Mouse Trail with ActionScript 3
 - Rotating Menu via ActionScript 3
 - Revealing an Image with ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 Random Lines
 - ActionScript 3 Random Circles on Image
 - ActionScript 3 Web Portfolio
 - ActionScript 3 Physics
 - Mouse Over Image Animation
 - Cool Mask Animation with ActionScript 3
 - Loading Multiple Images
 - ActionScript 3 Image Mask Animation
 - Image Fill with ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 Growing Lines
 - ActionScript 3 Magnifying Glass Effect

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February 20, 2009

51 Flash Tutorials from

Here are 51 great Flash Tutorials from They cover and teach many Flash features, tasks, and activities in Flash CS4, Flash CS3, and Flash 8 using screen cam videos and step-by-step illustrated instructions. These Flash tutorials are linked below, with the most recent at the top.

Flash Tutorials at layersmagazine:

 - Flash Audio, Part 1
 - Flash Audio, Part 2
 - Video Filters and Blend Effects in Flash
 - Adobe Sound Documents
 - Creating Motion in Flash with Bones Tool
 - Flash CS4 Deco Tool
 - Flash to Video
 - Adobe Soundbooth Audio Files with Flash Video
 - Animate a Flying Bird using Illustrator and Flash, Part 1
 - Animate a Flying Bird using Illustrator and Flash, Part 2
 - Creating Rain in After Effects, Part 2
 - Creating Smoke in Adobe Flash
 - Illustrator to Flash
 - Dreamweaver XML Flash Slideshow Extension
 - Trace Bitmap in Flash CS4
 - Flash Video the Easy Way
 - Flash Video the Easy Way, Pt. 2
 - Flash Video the Easy Way, Pt. 3
 - Flash CS4 Motion Easing
 - Flash CS4 Animating Puppets
 - Flash CS4 Motion Tweening
 - Flash CS4 Motion Editor
 - Flash CS4 Folded Book
 - Flash CS4 SprayBrush
 - Flash CS4 Media Encoder
 - Basic Coding For Flash Video
 - Falling Snow in Flash CS3
 - HD Video in Flash Professional CS3
 - Code-Free Flash Video
 - Flash CS3: Made-To-Order Text
 - Flash Buttons with Action Script 3
 - Mastering Keyboard Shortcuts
 - Closed-Captioned Video in Flash CS3
 - Moving Illustrator Art in Flash CS3
 - Handlin’ Photoshop and Illustrator Content in Flash
 - Animated Zoom Blur in Flash CS3
 - In a Flash
 - Importing Photoshop Files Into Flash
 - Controlling the Timeline with ActionScript 3
 - Converting Video Files into Flash Format
 - Turning Animation into Code in Flash CS3
 - 9 Slice Scaling in Flash
 - Passing Variables Using Flash and Dreamweaver
 - Creating a Simple Calculator Using Adobe Flash
 - Complex Button Animation in Adobe Flash
 - Flash Slideshow Image Gallery
 - Animating a Match in Adobe Flash
 - Custom Video Player in Adobe Flash
 - Creating an Interactive Story in Adobe Flash
 - Creating an Interactive Story – Part 2
 - E-card Announcement using Adobe Flash
 - Animating Shadows in Adobe Flash
 - Animating Your Adobe Photoshop Files in Flash 8
 - Attaching Movie Clips in Flash Using ActionScript
 - Motion Blur in Flash
 - Tweening with Ease: Using Easing Controls
 - Blending and Filtering in Flash 8 Professional
 - Using Illustrator Symbols in Flash
 - Integrating Video in a Flash Movie
 - Photoshop Layers into Flash
 - Water Ripples

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January 19, 2009

Flash Animation Tutorials from

Here are lots and lots of Flash Animation Tutorials, from These Flash tutorials and guides provide step-by-step lessons for both Flash fundamentals and advanced topics. Use these tutorials to increase your skills in using the many features and tools of Flash. Also, learn how to create and design compelling Flash animations for your web site.

Categories of Flash Animation Tutorials, Guides, and Lessons:

 - ActionScripting Basics (28)

 - Flash Traditional Animation (11)

 - ActionScripting Challenges (17)

 - Holiday Themes (24)

 - Do-It-Yourself (1)

 - Kids’ Corner (3)

 - Flash Basics: Tweening (14)

 - Masking (4)

 - Flash for Artwork (4)

 - Miscellaneous Tips & Tricks (35)

 - Flash for Games & Fun Stuff (17)

 - Simple Applications (31)

 - Flash MX Effects (5)

 - Symbols & Related (15)

 - Flash Program Tools (64)

 - Web-Related Flash Lessons (26)

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August 23, 2008

Flash Tutorials in Many Categories

For many Flash Tutorials in lots of areas, check out These tutorials will teach you how to use Flash, from the basics on up to producing Flash websites complete with multi-media presentations and animations. The categories of these Flash tutorials are linked below, and you can also use this search form to find the Flash topics you are looking for. This site also lets you upload your Flash tutorials, tips, and tricks so you can share them with others.

Search Flash Tutorials at Flash Perfection:

Flash Tutorial Categories at Flash Perfection:

 - 3D Flash Tutorials

 - Flash Actionscripting Tutorials

 - Flash Animation Tutorials

 - Flash Audio Tutorials

 - Flash Backend Tutorials

 - Flash Dynamic Content Tutorials

 - Flash Games Tutorials

 - Flash Basics Tutorials

 - Flash Interactivity Tutorials

 - Flash Math Physics Tutorials

 - Flash Optimization Tutorials

 - Flash Projector Tutorials

 - Flash Special Effects Tutorials

 - Flash Text Effects Tutorials

 - Flash Tips & Techniques

 - Flash Utilities

 - Flash Video

 - Flash Articles

 - Flash Web Design

 - SWiSH Tutorials

 - FlashDesigner Tutorials

 - Expression Blend Tutorials

 - 3rd Party Flash Tutorials

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July 19, 2008

12 Flash Tutorials from

Here are 12 nice Flash Tutorials from These will show you how to use several Flash features, and also teach you how to script using Actionscript 3. Featrues demonstrated include the Drawing API, Button Events, Preloading, Transformation Matrix, Depths, the Color Object, Listeners and AsBroadcaster, and Date countdown.

Flash Tutorials from

Flash Player 10 Drawing API
Find out how to use the new drawing API features in Flash Player 10, which include support for shaders, 3D perspective transformations, and object representations for all drawing APIs.

Getting Started with ActionScript 3.0 in Adobe Flash CS3
Begin using ActionScript 3 in Flash CS3 and understand how it differs from ActionScript 2.

Beginners Guide to Getting Started with AS3 (Without Learning Flex)
Learn how to script with ActionScript 3 without learning Flex Builder in this tutorial.

Dealing With Flash Button Event Capturing
Discover how Flash treats button events for timeline instances and workarounds for dealing them.

Preloading in Flash
Learn about Flash preloaders, how to create them, and how to avoid problems and errors with them.

Understanding the Transformation Matrix in Flash 8
Learn how the transform matrix works in Flash 8 and how you can most effectively use it.

Using‘s Ease Class
This shows how to use the Ease class available on

Depths in Flash MX
Find out how depths work in Flash MX, including the functions like attachMovie and removeMovieClip that deal with them.

Understanding the Color Object
Learn how to use Flash’s Color Object, what it does, and understand its properties and methods.

Listeners and AsBroadcaster
How listeners work and how to allow objects to add their own listeners by using AsBroadcaster.

Date Countdown Timer
Find out how to work with dates so you can create a countdown timer with Flash.

Flash Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here are answers to many questions that are commonly asked about Adobe Flash and Flash Actionscript.

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