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简介 Book Description:
All Flex applications look the same—a blue-gray background and silver-skinned components—right? That doesn't have to be the case, though. This book shows you how to ensure that your Flex 2 and 3 projects stand out from the crowd and provide your users with an application that is both visually stunning and beautifully functional.
Flex Builder coupled with the Adobe Creative Suite (CS3) is a powerful combination, providing all the tools you need to create compelling, vibrant interfaces. This book guides you through creating applications with Flex Builder, designing layouts in Fireworks, creating custom skins for your components in Photoshop and Illustrator, and using CSS to enhance the appearance of your rich Internet applications (RIAs).
You'll learn how to efficiently use and style states, enabling you to switch between “pages”, thus adding real depth to your applications. You’ll also learn how to build web forms that are intuitive to use, helping your users provide the information you’re after.
Your Flex applications no longer have to be contained within a web browser window—Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) enables the creation of desktop applications. This book explores giving an AIR application a truly custom shape and style, leaving the rectangular form that defines most applications far, far behind.
Flex isn't just for programmers; it’s time for designers to take back RIAs and show what that “R” really stands for. The Internet is not just about collecting data—it’s about visual communication and giving people a rich user experience, and that’s what designers do best.
In this book, you'll learn how to:
* Create fluid layouts for Flex applications
* Use CSS to change the appearance of components
* Use Photoshop and Flash to create custom skins for Flex components
* Create a custom-shaped desktop application (AIR)
* Use Fireworks to simplify layout and the production process
目录 Summary of Contents
Chapter 1 Introducing Flex and Flex Builder 3
Chapter 2 Styling
Chapter 3 Working with States
Chapter 4 Flex and Fireworks
Chapter 5 Flex with Photoshop and Illustrator
Chapter 6 Flex Builder and Flash
Chapter 7 ActionScript in Flex
Chapter 8 Flex Photo Gallery
Chapter 9 Flex Video Gallery with Drag-and-Drop
Chapter 10 Exploring Flex Charting
Chapter 11 Creating Forms: The “Will Flex for Food”
Registration Page
Chapter 12 Flex and AIR
关于作者 About the Author
Greg Goralski is an interdisciplinary interactive designer based in Toronto. He is an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab and the Interactive Project Lab. He has won Gold at the National Post Design Exchange awards and has presented his work at numerous festivals, including the World Expo in Aichi,Japan. As a professor at the Humber College School of Media Studies, he divides his time among playing with technology,training the next generation of interactive designers, and being inspired by his students. Greg also drinks too much coffee,and should really be living on a beach. His website is
LordAlex Leon is an active member of the Flash community and a wellrespected
industry leader with over 7 years of experience creating content
and applications for the Internet and devices. He is the founder of LordAlex
Works™ (LAW), a Flash platform consultancy firm based in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada, helping new media and content providers deliver intelligent,
rich Internet content and powerful applications based on the Flash
LordAlex runs a personal blog dedicated to the Flash platform and related
technologies that you can read at
You can find LordAlex in his spare time writing tutorials in English, French, and Spanish or speaking at international events and conferences. LordAlex also runs the local official Montreal Adobe User Group, the largest AUG in the province of Quebec.
Mike Jones is an old man of the Flash world, having first picked up Flash in late 1996, when it was still called Futurewave Splash. For over a decade now, he has produced web applications,websites, and desktop applications, all developed using the Flash platform—not once thinking that perhaps it was time to find something better to do.
In his spare time, Mike runs the website ( originally launched as a Macromedia Generator resource site in 1998, Mike now uses it as a blog-style repository for information based on Flash, Flex, AIR, and ActionScript. He lives in Haslemere, Surrey, UK, with his fiancée and their cat, Figo.
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