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Build a stunning, content-rich, and interactive web site with Joomla! 1.5 and Flash CS4
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847198242
Paperback260 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Get Started with Flash in Joomla!
Why use Flash in Joomla!?
Creating Flash objects
Some tools for working with Flash
Setting up the development environment
Summary
Chapter 2: Enhance Your Joomla! Content with Flash
Have a look at the site!
Adding slideshows
Showing Flash in modules
Adding Flash movies using Simple Video Flash Player
Summary
Chapter 3: Creating Attractive Menus with Flash
The existing Joomla! menu system
Making menus attractive using Flash
Summary
Chapter 4: Creating Flash Photo Galleries
Building Flash photo galleries
Summary
Chapter 5: Flashier than Ever: Maps, Charts, Custom Fonts, Multimedia, and More
Showing maps using YOS amMap
Showing charts using YOS amChart
Showing the content in any font using sIFR
Using Flash uploader
Creating a streaming media site
Adding Flash MP3 players
Visual mind mapping with Joom!FreeMind
Summary
Chapter 6: Flash Decorations: Flashy Templates, Headers, Banners, and Tickers
Adding Flash in templates
Using Flash logos
Using Flash headers
Using Flash banners
Flash tickers
Summary
Chapter 7: Playing with Code
Using Joomla! content in Flash
Developing Flash content using J-AMFPHP
Ensuring accessibility of Flash content
Summary
Chapter 8: Troubleshoot Your Applications
Issues related to Joomla!
Issues related to Flash
Issues related to individual extensions
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

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