Help understanding Pre-Developed Flash Apps
Does anyone have "good experiences" using "pre developed" action script for flash players, menus, etc. (i guess calling them plug-ins that eliminate knowing and writing Action Script? I have the CS4 trial loaded now so i can get a grip on what i want to do.
I'm looking at Jumpeye Componets right now.
My only flash experience is using Wildform Flair which is a stand alone program that uses VP6 with their own players and xml code. I can dig into the XML and adjust things.. no problem, it's writing code that would be way beyond my level of attention at this point in life.
I got the Flair program form a "Digital Juice" offer some time ago - it seemed like a good idea at the time. And it has given me some "good" insight. I just realize now that "Flash" is not a generic term and the real world seems to revolve around Adobe Flash!..
Here is an example of what I've done so far with "Flair - maybe it's just me, but the player and the menu options are... well, "limited?" And this is a huge step up from my first attempts with their original players.
(Constructive criticism is OK.. That's why I'm here!)
I'd prefer to have something like this: - or this concept as well as mouse over thumb nails, etc. I think here if each menu type I'd like is a probably a separate "APP"
I would also like (eventually) an image flash)loader.
So, basically I'm looking for "plug and play" ( I'm a video editor, not a programmer). I certainly have the intelligence to dig into existing scripts (directions help!), but going the whole developer programmer route is beyond my needs and way beyond the amount of time that would be needed to become proficient.
My use of flash is probably going to be just for adding players and media, images, content, etc. to CSS and non flash sites. ( starting with my own!)
I'm aware of Catalyst and i'm watching their forum... I'm not sure I'm really clear on how "free of code" it will really be - so for someone like me to buy a program like right out of BETA is up in the air. I'd prefer to keep it simple and see how catalyst really behaves in the real world first. They make it look easy on their video demos, but I've seen this movie before!.. So that's why I really want to start with what works and gets the job done. Not the latest and greatest.
I can only imagine many of you have gone through this process and could offer me some things to look for and some to "avoid".
Are there any other forums targeted specifically at my "skill level" ( or patience level )..
If anyone would like to make recommendations and share some advice (and even examples) I would really appreciate it. Sometimes it's really a challenge trying to keep up with existing work and research and learn new tricks at the same time. Obviously doing some serious makeover work on my website is on my TO DO list!.. so that's one reason I'm here.
Thanks for any advice.
Near Frederick, Maryland
Woods Glen Studio