Introduction to Adobe Flash

Flash was first released in 1996 under the name FutureSplash, it was a tool for creating web-based animations, then it was developed by Macromedia under the name Macromedia Flash, now it has the name Adobe Flash. Along the way it's acquired new capabilities.
Today, Flash is an application for developing rich Internet content, user interfaces, and Web applications.
Flash has grown up with the World Wide Web and managed to carve out an important niche, there are a whole slew of programs that make use of Flash technology. They include Flex, Flash Builder, and Flash Catalyst.

Adobe Flash Professional CS5 allows designers and developers to integrate video, text, audio, and graphics that deliver superior results for interactive presentations, e-learning, PDAs, mobile phones, and application user interfaces.
After you create a multimedia content in Flash, you can deliver it on the Web within a browser using the Flash Player. Flash Player is a software product developed by Adobe for browsers on the Macintosh and Windows.
You can also deliver Flash content as a separate application using AIR or an application on an Apple iPhone.
Flash operates virtually the same on both Macintosh and Windows versions, except for a few keyboard commands that have equivalent functions.

A wide range of effects created with Flash can also be made with JavaScript, but JavaScript often gives problems caused by the incompatibility between web browsers. This thing does not occur with the Flash content, which only requires the installation of Flash Player that will interpret and display the Flash presentation as it was created, whether the browser is Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, and others.
Flash can also work with external sources, such as XML documents, scripts, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL database. Due to these capabilities, Flash technology is becoming more used in the Web sites development.

- The Adobe Flash course on this site is free and is addressed primarily to beginners.
First you must have Adobe Flash CS5 (or CS4) installed. - You can get it from the Download section of this course, or from the Adobe Web site: Adobe Flash CS5

You need to have a computer with the following minimum configuration: