Joomla! with Flash


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  • Build an attractive web site integrating Flash objects into Joomla!
  • Create stunning photo galleries with Flash transition and animation effects
  • Use interactive Flash-based maps, charts, animations, videos, MP3 players, logos, headers, and banners in Joomla!-based web sites
  • Turn your Joomla! web site into a feature-rich multimedia enhanced site through this step-by-step easy-to-follow guide enriched with screenshots

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 260 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2009
ISBN : 1847198244
ISBN 13 : 9781847198242
Author(s) : Suhreed Sarkar
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Flash, Content Management (CMS), Joomla!, Open Source

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Get Started with Flash in Joomla!
Chapter 2: Enhance Your Joomla! Content with Flash
Chapter 3: Creating Attractive Menus with Flash
Chapter 4: Creating Flash Photo Galleries
Chapter 5: Flashier than Ever: Maps, Charts, Custom Fonts, Multimedia, and More
Chapter 6: Flash Decorations: Flashy Templates, Headers, Banners, and Tickers
Chapter 7: Playing with Code
Chapter 8: Troubleshoot Your Applications
Appendix: Resources for Joomla! and Flash
Index
  • Chapter 1: Get Started with Flash in Joomla!
    • Why use Flash in Joomla!?
    • Creating Flash objects
    • Some tools for working with Flash
      • SWiSH Max
      • Ajax Animator
      • Wink
      • Flash charting tools
        • Animated Charts
        • amCharts
        • Open Flash Chart
        • FusionCharts
      • ActionScript libraries
      • Riva FLV Encoder
      • sIFR
      • PowerPoint to Flash converter
    • Setting up the development environment
      • Web server
      • Database server
      • PHP
      • Example website
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Enhance Your Joomla! Content with Flash
    • Have a look at the site!
    • Adding slideshows
      • Using RokSlideShow
        • Showing captions and descriptions for images
        • Adding the slideshow to Joomla! articles
    • Showing Flash in modules
      • The Flash Module
      • Joomla! Random Flash Module
    • Adding Flash movies using Simple Video Flash Player
      • Showing Flash movie in a module
      • Showing a Flash movie in content
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Creating Attractive Menus with Flash
    • The existing Joomla! menu system
    • Making menus attractive using Flash
      • Flash Floating Menu
        • Using the component
        • Using the module
      • Super Web Flash module for Joomla! 1.5
      • Some other extensions for creating Flash menus
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Creating Flash Photo Galleries
    • Building Flash photo galleries
      • Expose Flash Gallery
        • Configuring Expose gallery
        • Creating collections and albums
        • Adding photos and videos to albums
        • Showing the album
        • Showing the Expose Scroller module
        • Using the Expose plugin
      • Ozio Gallery
        • Showing photos from Flickr
        • Showing photos from a folder
        • Configuration for skins
      • New Gallery
      • Simple Flash Image Gallery (SFIG)
      • Dynamic Flash Gallery
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Flashier than Ever: Maps, Charts, Custom Fonts, Multimedia, and More
    • Showing maps using YOS amMap
      • Installing and configuring YOS amMap
      • Adding map files
      • Creating a map
        • Map data file
        • Map settings file
      • Publishing a map through the module
      • Showing the map in content using a plugin
    • Showing charts using YOS amChart
      • Configuring YOS amChart
      • Creating a chart
        • amChart settings file
        • amChart data file
      • Publishing the chart through the module
      • Embedding the chart in content using a plugin
    • Showing the content in any font using sIFR
    • Using Flash uploader
    • Creating a streaming media site
      • Installing and configuring JVideo!
      • Adding videos to your site
      • Showing videos in the frontend
      • Adding videos to content
    • Adding Flash MP3 players
      • Simple MP3 Bar
      • UnMP3 for Joomla! 1.5
      • Flash MP3 Player
    • Visual mind mapping with Joom!FreeMind
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Playing with Code
    • Using Joomla! content in Flash
      • Using content from a database in Flash objects
    • Developing Flash content using J-AMFPHP
      • Configuring J-AMFPHP
      • Designing services
      • Using services in Flash
    • Ensuring accessibility of Flash content
      • Identifying accessibility issues
      • Addressing common accessibility issues
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Troubleshoot Your Applications
    • Issues related to Joomla!
      • Problems with installation of extensions
      • SEF problems
    • Issues related to Flash
      • Flash 10 and Joomla! Flash Uploader
      • Inserting a Flash object in the Joomla! header
    • Issues related to individual extensions
      • Expose Flash Gallery
      • YOS amChart
      • The Random Flash Module
      • Ozio Gallery
      • Dynamic Flash Gallery
      • JVideo!
      • J-AMFPHP
    • Summary
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Suhreed Sarkar

Suhreed Sarkar is an IT consultant, trainer and technical writer. He studied Marine engineering, served on board the ship for two years, and then started journey in to IT world with MCSE in Windows NT 4.0 track. Later he studied business administration and earned MBA from University of Dhaka. He has a bunch of BrainBench certifications on various topics including PHP4, Project Management, RDBMS Concepts, E-commerce, Web Server Administration, Internet Security, Training Development, Training Delivery and Evaluation, and Technical Writing.

He taught courses on system administration, web development, e-commerce and MIS. He has consulted several national and international organizations including United Nations, and helped clients building and adopting their web portals, large scale databases and management information systems. At present he is working on building a framework for education sector MIS, and promoting use of ICTs in education.

Suhreed is renowned technical author in Bengali – having a dozen of books published on subjects covering web development, LAMP, networking, and system administration. He authored Zen Cart: E-commerce Application Development, Joomla! E-commerce with Virtuemart, and Joomla! with Flash, published by Packt Publishing.

While not busy with hacking some apps, blogging on his blog (http://www.suhreedsarkar.com), reading philosophy of Bertrand Russell or management thought of Peter F Drucker – he likes to spend some special moments with his family. Suhreed lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh


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What you will learn from this book

  • Create Flash objects and choose some popular flash tools for working with them
  • Set up a development environment with Apache web server and Joomla!
  • Embed and display flash movies inside Joomla! contents using a simple video flash player
  • Provide better user experience by adding streaming videos, animations, and other interactive objects inside Joomla! modules and articles
  • Create attractive Flash-based menus for your Joomla! web site
  • Build stunning photo galleries with Flash animation effects and display photos on your Joomla! web site from a Flickr account using third-party extensions for Joomla!
  • Display interactive Flash maps on a Joomla! web site using YOS amMap extension
  • Show the contents on your site in any font even though the font is not installed on your computer using sIFR3 technology
  • Transform your Joomla! site into a streaming media site using Jvideo! extension to embed videos in Joomla! contents
  • Create mind maps based on your Joomla! site's structure with the help of Joom!FreeMind component
  • Convert your Joomla! site into a music station using a Flash-based MP3 player
  • Customize your Joomla! template to display Flash logo, header, and banners
  • Display Joomla! contents in Flash objects using amfPHP and J-AMFPHP extension for Joomla!
  • Maintain and troubleshoot your Joomla! and Flash web site
  • Improve the overall design and look & feel of the site, with the help of Flash templates and tickers in Joomla!

In Detail

You can build any kind of web site using Joomla! The look and feel of Joomla! web sites can largely be customized using the many templates, components, modules and plug-ins available. With all these features, ease of administration, and options for customization, sometimes you may think of integrating other technologies such as Flash with it. This is because Flash provides great animation features that are otherwise not available in Joomla!

This book shows how to integrate Flash into Joomla! You will learn how to add the various functionalities provided by Flash and make your site stunning, visually rich, and interactive. The book covers topics like flash headers, menus, displaying and maintaining flash movies, slide shows, animation, interactivity, and more. Installation and use of Joomla! modules like Flash, Joomla Random Flash, Active, and Handy SWF Flash module are covered too.

The book introduces Joomla! and Flash and briefly shows the benefits of using Flash in Joomla!. It shows you how to add Flash objects in Joomla! articles and modules, build Flash-based menus, create Flash-based photo galleries, interactive maps, and charts. It also shows you how to display content in custom fonts, create a streaming media site, customize the Joomla! template to display Flash logos, headers and banners, and use Joomla! content in Flash objects. Finally the book covers troubleshooting Joomla! and its extensions. At the end of the book an appendix lists resources on Joomla!, Flash, and related extensions, to help you find more information.

A hands-on tutorial to building Joomla!-based web sites with stunning Flash animations

Approach

This book is a fast-paced step-by step-guide. It is loaded with examples and lots of illustrations showing configurations and their results on the screen.

Who this book is for

If you are a Joomla! web developer who wants to integrate Flash into your web sites, then this book is for you. Knowledge of Joomla! and basic knowledge of Flash is assumed.

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