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Session 18. Effects and animation

In this workshop session, you’ll learn the basics of effects. While Flex applications already look very nice out of the box, another benefit they offer is that they can leverage the capabilities of the Flash Player. (When writing a marketing sentence like that, I guess it’s appropriate to say “leverage”—ick.) One of these is its strong support for animation—when Macromedia coined the term rich Internet application they wanted to emphasize applications that went beyond the fairly static web apps people have grown accustomed to. Effects, when used extremely sparingly, are a good way of doing this.

This workshop session is a high-level overview whose goal is simple: I want to impress you with how easy it is to use effects, and I want to motivate you to pause at the end of this session to go read the following two excellent articles by Adobe’s Chet Haase:


  

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