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.
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
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
Who is this book for?
This book is
useful for designers who want to start creating RIAs with Flex. Still,
the reader is supposed to have a little bit of code knowledge and
experience with Adobe designer tools to get out the most of this book.
Foundation Flex for Designers
is an easy-to-read-and-follow practical guide that teaches how to
create RIAs with Flex Builder 3. The book covers the most important
design issues of how to control the look and feel of a Flex app with
CSS and custom skins, using Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and
Fireworks, and make it more dynamic, visually interesting, and easier
to navigate. It is supposed that the user is familiar with the basics
of XML, ActionScript and CSS.
Although the book has some errata (the Beta versions had been
changed by Adobe), we recommend this book as worthy for reading to any
designer who wants to explore the Flex framework and delve into
creating effective Flex apps applying diverse design tools and