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It's a funny story, actually. I was sitting alone in my apartment having just watched Terms of Endearment for the fifth time, and I was still crying when the phone rang. It was the President. He said, "Shane, I need to ask you a favor. I need you to write a book and I need that book to change the world." I replied, "I'll do it, but I need to know all about Area 51, one hundred thousand dollars, and a lifetime subscription to Marie Claire." Okay, so one out of three ain't bad. After I finished looking at the alien bodies, I got right to work on this book.
So, there is an actual reason that I wrote this book. This series of books created by Scott Kelby already includes two other programs that I use on a regular basis: Dreamweaver and Photoshop. To be honest, I had only heard of the Killer Tips series of books and had never read one at all. When I was told that an opportunity to write one was coming up, I was a little apprehensive. I had no idea of the content or what such a book would require of me. After looking over the Dreamweaver and Photoshop books that had come before, the decision was easy. I thought, "Flash designers need a book like this!" Actually, if nothing else, I wanted to compile all the tips I had run across or discovered in my years of using Flash so that I could have a quick reference. Let's face it: When you read through a magazine, the first thing
you look at is the photos or the balloon text in the margins of Marie Claire. Well, you won't find anything in the margins of this book because everything in it is a margin tip. The entire book is just a collection of Flash tips that will help you work better and faster, and ultimately get a call from the President yourself.
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