But while it’s a nice piece of software, it is quite complex and undoubtedly there is a fairly steep learning curve. And that is where ‘Brilliant Edge Animate’ might help. In around 320 pages, this book guides you through all the essential steps – from downloading and installing the software to integrating Edge Animate with other Adobe applications.
The book (which is based on the American edition, ‘Adobe Edge Animate On Demand’) is nicely laid out in full colour with lots of labelled screenshots and numbered step-by-step guides to make it easy to follow the author’s instructions. The reader has the option either of reading the eleven chapters in sequence, using the book as a linear tutorial, or of jumping in to read specific topics that may be of interest. The book also comes with sample files that can be downloaded from http://www.perspection.com/edge_animate.htm.
Being something of a ‘dip-inner’ myself rather than a ‘read in sequence’ sort of person, I appreciate the fact that the book is structured into logical sections with plenty of mini-tutorials and bite-sized hints and tips. If you want to skip straight to the section on using the timelines, then bypass the next twenty or so pages and move right onto animating with keyframes, that’s fine.