OK, Flash is a brilliant tool, however the way it is working at the moment it is only really people that already know Flash can do it.
This is for two reasons I think 1) Less people have 2.7+ (DevHook people!!!) 2) Flash is pricey to set up for more than 30 days.
Well, im sure it won't be too hard to get it, its not that expensive... There's unspeakable ways too...
I am going to be making a whole series of flash guides, so here's no. 1
This tutorial leads you through setting up flash to making your first script, its nice'n'easy for noobs!
I really wanna promote flash dev'ing.
Here we go.
1. Settin up flash
2. Getting ready to start
4. Hello World
1. Setting Up Flash
The first thing you will need to do is to acquire Macromedia flash, I suggest 8 as that's what I use and it is great. You can download free 30 day trials of all the Adobe products here I suggest you first get Flash 8 Home, then Professional, then decide whether you want to upgrade.
Secondly you need to create an adobe account and download your trial.
Installation is very simple, all Adobe products have good installers.
That is all you have to do to get Flash 8 set up, no bother with cygwin or anything, just one program installed and your done!
2. Getting ready to start/introduction to flash
Flash is an object orientated language, this makes it very easy to create an interface, a GUI, and even coding is slightly simplified. However it also means that you will have to keep better track of your code.
To get ready to start you will need a gfx program if you are thinking of doing anything requiring graphics, I suggest Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Fireworks, as both are owned by Adobe, who make Flash too.
You will also need patience, beginning is much easier in flash, but actually coding is much harder than lua for example.
Finally you will need motivation, flash sucks at first but it quickly becomes great!
Here I will begin a proper tutorial. First you click the icon for Flash 8, if you have Windows then by default it will be located in the Macromedia folder of the Start menu. When you click that a loading screen should appear in the center of the screen. After a few seconds a window like this will open:
From this screen you can load a flash file, start a blank project, or create one from a template, for now we'll just start a blank project.
Click 'Flash Document' at the top of the second column.
A blank canvas should appear, something like this:
This is the main window, this is where the magic all happens, well, most of it!
You are now ready to begin developing...
4. Hello World
Hello World is exceedingly simple in Flash, no trouble with anything! Even the worlds biggest noob could do it!
You just have to click the circled A on the toolbar:
Click somewhere on the screen and type "Hello World"
Your screen should look something like this
Now, to resize the background, so it is just about the right size.
Click the button shown below after clicking away from the text box
A window will then appear with your current dimensions, change it to about 150 x 100.
You may need to reposition your text.
Now we want some formatting!
Click the text box again and you should get a window like the one below. Follow the instructions for formatting:
* Anti-alias makes the text smoother, however it thickens it slightly, only necessary on text with curves.
NB. Yes I am English, note "colour".
Now we need a background colour, if you click off the text and look at the bottom you should see this:
Click that to change the background colour.
You should now have something possibly like this:
I have resized the window slightly.
Now, to create your final thing you click File, publish preview, Flash, this is publishing it to a temporary directory and showing you the preview in Macromedia Flash Player 8
This should appear:
If you like that and want to proceed to publish the final version then click Publish Settings. To configure it for the PSP you will need to do this:
Then you need to click Save As, save it in any loaction on your PC, then click File, Publish, and you're done!
This highly basic tutorial goes through setting up to publishing your first flash application- hello world.
I will be adding another tutorial soon when I will actually go into the aspects of coding in flash, a much harder principal!
Thanks for reading and look forward to the next,