These were actually ready yesterday, but since it was the dreaded “worm-attack day” I figured everybody would be too scared to buy or download anything. But since its a day later, lets get loose again. So here’s the latest newsletter….
…With a not-as-different-as-I-planned-look. But whatever. I tried a white background, heck I even tried a New York Time type thing. It all failed. Apparently I can only work with black backgrounds now. As usual that link above gets you to the discount page for all 3 new courses this month for the meager price of $15 (thats about 6 hours of training too). But if you’re reading this post in the distant future, those same discounts won’t be around.
So what’s so cool about this month’s lesson. Well I actually taught one course. My first for-sale course that I’ve taught in a while, which is the Flash CMS tutorial( thats the permalink for the course, undiscounted). And it only took about 4 years of people asking for a Flash-based content management course for me to put one together. So that means it will either be a hot-selling lesson, or it will only be bought by the 20 people that emailed over those 4 years.
But despite how bias I am because (A) I taught the lesson, and (B) I make a small amount selling it, I do think its an amazing tutorial. By the end of it you’ll be able to give your clients the ability to edit their own Flash text. WITHOUT having to create some lame backend to the site. Once your clients are logged in, they can edit text as they see it. So normally unselectable, uneditable text on their Flash page, because selectable/editable and they can change it and save. All this happens with Actionscript 3, PHP and MySQL. So just be sure your host supports MySQL (4 or 5).
Also this lesson will probably be the basis of future Flash & CMS courses. Right now I’m planning out one where clients can upload and change images in their Flash files, but I don’t plan on reteaching everything thats in this course. So these course will build off one another.
Eric Schmidt returned to teach a Missile War game tutorial. This uses Actionscript 3 and Classes for a change. My Flash courses usually don’t teach classes, so if you aren’t familiar with that, it will be a small change for you and worth learning. And of course by the end of the tutorial, you’ve created a Flash game. Win.
Eric also taught these tutorials
Manuel D’Macedo, the French version of me, returns for one more After Effects course. This time an Expressions tutorial. Check out the example video, it will blow your mind (if you’re high). Expressions in AE, if you don’t know, are usually one or two lines of very simple code, that can be used to animate your objects properties with math or just tying one objects property to another. So you could make the X trajectory of one comp, be equal to the Y trajectory of another. And what’s the point of that? Well thats what the lesson goes into. It is a major time-saver in the right situation and for doing complicated FX, its a life saver.
Also this is probably our second-to-last AE course for a while. Both my AE guys, Manuel and Jeremy Hicks are moving onto other topics. Jeremy is hopefully working on iPhone tutes, and Manuel will be looking into doing something with Papervision 3D. Also, I’m not sure why this paragraph is in italics, but I’m kinda used to it now, so it’ll stay.