Computer book publisher
has just published two new books on Flash MX and iMovie 2.
“Flash MX Savvy,” a US$50 book written by Ethan Watrall and Norbert Herber, is the first in Sybex’s “Savvy” series. The Savvy books are a new line of premium quality graphics and Web books, Dan Brodnitz, associate publisher for Web and graphics books, told MacCentral. It’s a nearly 800-page, in-depth guide to Flash MX.
“With Savvy, we’re producing a premium line of comprehensive books on key Web and graphics software,” Brodnitz said. We’re really happy with the way this first Savvy book has come out.”
Written from the ground up for the latest version of Macromedia Flash, this in-depth resource is designed to teach designers, animators, artists and developers how to use Flash’s extensive tools to produce compelling content. It also details how to create and manage reusable content, integrate audio and other files into Flash animations, and use ActionScript to create richly interactive applications.
Flash MX Savvy also features “Hands On” tutorials based on professional examples, a color section showcasing expert Flash usage, and a CD with great sample animations, practice files that support the book’s tutorials, as well as trial versions of Flash-friendly software. Upcoming Savvy titles include Photoshop 7 Savvy (June), Dreamweaver MX/Fireworks MX Savvy (July), Maya Savvy (September) and Paint Shop Pro Savvy (December).
“iMovie 2 Solutions: Tips, Tricks, and Special Effects” is a $40, 272-page, full-color companion to iMovie 2. Written by Erica Sadun, this book starts with the assumption that iMovie fundamentals are fairly intuitive. What Sadun delivers is a step-by-step approach, Brodnitz said. This is the second book in Sybex’s Solutions series, following “Photoshop Elements Solutions,” which was released last fall.
“iMovie 2 Solutions” is for hobbyists, budding producers, or dedicated video prosumers, Brodnitz said. Sadun’s tackles a wide variety of iMovie techniques, including:
Adding logos and watermarks to movies;
Producing picture-in-picture effects;
Creating larger and more dynamic title sequences;
Combining animated elements with iMovie footage;
Making slide shows that feature special effects such as camera pans;
Designing interactive QuickTime skins that surround iMovie videos;
Converting PowerPoint presentations into iMovie form;
Generating effective captions and subtitles.
The book also features a CD with over 100 project videos plus a 30-day fully functional version of Photoshop Elements.