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7 Great Flash Tutorials

You may be familiar with Flash and its various uses, but do you have experience in actually using it to create projects of your own? If not, you may be wondering where to start. After all, there are loads of tutorials on the net that cover the subject. Here is a list of some of the top Flash tutorials to help you jump into its exciting possibilities.

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Create a useful audio recorder app in ActionScript 3

To take a quick break from the tutorial's that exhibit Flash's visual power, here is one that uses audio instead.  An audio recorder can be used in a ton of different ways, and this tutorial shows you how to create such an application that is not only functional, but looks good as well. 

Flash drawing tools are used to make the recorder's user-friendly interface, while ActionScript 3 makes it actually record.  The tutorial explains each step in detail, beginning with the interface.  You will then move on to create the record button, a cool microphone activity indicator, recording indicator, start and stop recording functions, and more.  You'll be surprised at just how easy it is to create your own audio recorder to use in your future projects.

Link: http://active.tutsplus.com/tutorials/actionscript/create-a-useful-audio-recorder-app-in-actionscript-3/

Countdown in style with an airport terminal timer

If you've ever been in an airport, you may have run across a countdown timer such as the one created here.  Designed for intermediate Flash users, this tutorial breaks down the various steps necessary to create a reusable countdown timer that uses animated numbers.

The tutorial is long, so make sure you have some spare time on your hands to look it over thoroughly.  You'll be shown all the specifics when it comes to the code, graphics, and animation.  You'll even see how to integrate sound into the timer.  Considering the various uses that a countdown timer has, here's one tutorial that is well worth your time to learn.

Link: http://active.tutsplus.com/tutorials/actionscript/countdown-in-style-with-an-airport-terminal-timer/

Create a basic drawing application in Flash

Another creative way in which Flash can be used is to develop a drawing application.  The drawing application in question in this tutorial is simple and has basic functions, but it's easy to use and is an example of how you can use Flash in various ways.

Once finished, your drawing application will have a tool set consisting of items such as a pencil, text tool, and eraser.  You'll also have the ability to save your artistic efforts in a PNG format.  The tutorial guides you through the various steps needed to complete the application, beginning with the board, tools panel, and icons.  It then moves on to the save dialog, creating the size panel, default colors, etc.  The various tool functions are explained in detail as well.  Again, this Flash application is simple, but it gives you a solid overview of some of the platform's capabilities and can be used for kids or even yourself when you feel like drawing and being creative.

Link: http://active.tutsplus.com/tutorials/games/create-a-basic-drawing-application-in-flash/

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