Adobe Flash goes back several years and have turned into an excellent development platform. It allows developers to push the boundaries for what is possible to achieve with a web page. Flash even have allowed companies to create great online games running in web browsers. Even though they are not so common as earlier some websites rely completely on Flash. In my opinion Flash should be used wisely and only where it adds value. Avoid being tempted to having different kinds of images and text flying in from all sides just because it is possible. Also it is important not to build too large Flash animations as visitors may press back if the “loading…” messages is shown for more than a few seconds.
Adobe Flash is extremely popular and you’ll find several websites that are mainly dedicated to providing articles and tutorials on how Flash works and how to develop great Flash solutions. This article provides a list of 20 awesome online Flash resources that will help you boost your Flash development skills.
Flash Perfection is a website with a large collection of Flash tutorials, tips, and tricks from various websites. Flash Perfection has 23 categories to help you find information more quickly.
kirupa.com provides excellent Flash tutorials (and also covers other technologies like ASP.net, PHP, Silverlight and Photoshop). There are loads of high quality tutorials and articles on Flash covering the following categories Basic Drawing, Special Effects, Server-side Flash, and Game Development.
Flash Kit is huge and among the oldest communities dedicated to Flash development. You should be able to connect with people having a similar interest in Flash on this site and interact, get problems solved etc. There’s a forums section, free resources that you can download and use in your Flash projects, and many tutorials.
gotoAndPlay() is a dedicated Flash game developer community. It features interviews from professional developers, reviews of books and resources and a forum. gotoAndPlay have created some high quality tutorials and articles about Flash game development.
metah.ch has some awesome video tutorials on Flash, ActionScript, Flex, and AIR. A great thing about this site is that the files associated with the tutorials can be downloaded and used in your own projects for free.
gotoandlearn.com offers many great free Flash video tutorials.
Flash and Math has a great collection of tutorials on AS3. They cover basic to advanced topics supporting Flash developers of any experience level. You will find tutorials that include source files for download.
Adobe’s Flash Developer Center is a community for Flash developers. Here, you’ll find tutorials, articles, and related resources about Flash. You should also check out the ActionScript Technology Center for articles on specifically about ActionScript.
flashexplained.com offers detailed Flash tutorials and resources designed to help you learn Flash. There’s a forums where you can discuss anything related to Flash.
ActionScript.org is a site that provides resources and information relevant to Flash-, Flex-, and ActionScript-Developers. They have an active Forums section as well as an ActionScript Library that currently provides more than 700 files you can download.
Pixel2Life is a tutorial index with over 40,000 indexed tutorials, you’ll find many links to tutorials in their Flash Tutorials section.
Flashmagazine is an online magazine dedicated to Flash news, reviews, information, and resources. The Tutorials section has some excellent tutorials for Flash developers.