ithin the last few years, Macromedia's Flash has become a leading development environment for online vector animation, Web site production, and rich Internet applicationsas well as for offline presentations, small games, and more. Flash MX 2004 focuses more on user interface development than any of its earlier versions.
Perhaps the most unexpectedand potentially most importantuse of Flash is in designing more powerful user interfaces for conventional software. In this article, we'll teach you to do exactly that: use Flash to create a highly graphical user interface for a traditional Windows Form application. While previous experience with Flash is helpful, it is not required, as we'll begin with the basics of creating a Flash movie. (To download or purchase Flash MX 2004, follow the links in the left column.)
|What You Need
| You should have a basic understanding of ActiveX controls, Windows Forms, scripting, and .NET programming in general. Some basic knowledge of Macromedia Flash, including ActionScript, would be very helpful too.