I’ve been so busy moving, yes moving, that I haven’t been able to really talk about the amazingness that is Adobe CS4. Now most of you have probably dabbled in it, some maybe have even swam, but last Thursday was my first taste. And it tasted so so good. SLC AIGA had a workshop covering CS4 Flash and thanks to work, I got to go! Presenter Paul Trani is a well respected speaker for Adobe. He’s even certified. And he had many people saying, “oooooh” and “aahhhh” for a full 3 hours. He mostly had me shaking my head in disappointment. Disappointment I say because I suffered through a semester of what I now think is crappy Flash CS3. For instance, look at this bone tool!
I wish I could show Paul’s tutorial on the bone tool, but this still gives you an idea of how much simpler animating can be now. And not only does the bone tool make things easier, but they’ve made the motion tween headache free. The automatic keyframe makes me weak in the knees.
He covered a lot of basics, particularly how you can use InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop to design then import to Flash. I knew Photoshop had this capability, but I had a pain drawing in Illustrator and copying it into Flash. And the whole InDesign being exported as a swf blew me away. 7:30 is totally jaw dropping worthy.
Now if only I was an actionscript whiz. But no, I can only appreciate and admire from afar.