Behavioral Research with Flash Workshop at NYU – August, 2008

(Updated 8/18/2008)

Welcome to the information page for the Programming Experiment in Flash Workshop. Here you will find all the required resources.

Workshop Schedule:

 

Required/Recommended Programs

  1. Adobe Flash CS3 – http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/
    • This is the primary program used to create experiments. You can download a free trial at the link above or you can see if your IT dept has a license for it.
    • Although version CS3 is not required, it is the one I will be using during the workshop. If you have an older version, you will be fine.
  2. EditPad Pro – http://www.editpadpro.com/
    • This is a very versatile and free text editing software we will use for editing PhP documents.
    • By no means is this particular program required, but I text editor slightly more advanced than Notepad will make your life easier.
  3. Filezilla – http://filezilla-project.org/
    • This is a free FTP program that we will use to upload all of our files to a web server.
    • Like EditPad Pro, you do not need this particular program, but it is quite good and the one I will use.

Introductory Resources

  1. Flash Introduction (University of Kansas ) – http://www.techdocs.ku.edu/docs/flash_mx2004_introduction.pdf
    • This is a very nice introduction to the basics of Flash done by the Academic Computing Services of the University of Kansas.
    • This document uses Flash MX 2004, but the basics are all the same as CS3.
    • Feel free to ignore everything related to animation (e.g. Tweening) as it is not relevant for this workshop.
  2. Total Training Videos – http://www.totaltraining.com/prod/adobe/flashpro8.asp
    • Total Training is a teaching product that has instructional videos for a lot of computer related products.
    • I don’t suggest that you go out and buy the Flash videos, but they do provide quite a few of the introductory ones for free. Just go to the above link and click on “Free Tutorials.”
    • Follow the instructions and you’ll be taken to the videos. I suggest going through as much as you can in the courses “Flash Professional 8″ and “Flash Professional 8 – Actionscript,” You can check out the Flash CS3 tutorials too, but I suspect they will be redundant.

Important Files

  1. Workshop Files for Session 1 (and part of 2) – http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jgalak/workshopfiles/workshopfiles.zip
    • The above is a zip file containing 9 files that you’ll need. They are:
      1. workshopfiles.fla: This is the file you open in Flash to edit. It is formatted to work ONLY with Flash CS3 and is what I will be using.
      2. workshopfiles_FLASH8.fla: This is the same file as above but compatible with Flash 8 and newer. I’m guessing that many of you will use this version. It has the exact same structure and code, so don’t worry about the compatibility issues.
      3. workshopfiles.swf: This is the compiled version of the program that you would upload to your web server.
      4. workshopfiles.txt: This is a text file that you can ignore. It simply keeps track of the conditions (more on this in the workshop).
      5. workshopfiles.php: This is the php script that opens the program on the server and assigns conditions.
      6. parseflash.php: This is the code that handles all the data processing.
      7. workshopfilesdebrief.php: This is the file where you include your debriefing. Edit it with EditPad Pro.
      8. jeff.jpg: An image used in the progrm
      9. leff.jpg: Another image.
    • You can see what the final version looks like here: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jgalak/workshopfiles/workshopfiles.php
  2. Workshop Files for Session 3 – http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jgalak/workshopfiles2/workshopfiles2.zip
    • The above is a zip file containing 9 files that you’ll need for Session 3. They are:
      1. workshopfiles2.fla: This is the file you open in Flash to edit. It is formatted to work ONLY with Flash CS3 and is what I will be using.
      2. workshopfiles2_FLASH8.fla: This is the same file as above but compatible with Flash 8 and newer. I’m guessing that many of you will use this version. It has the exact same structure and code, so don’t worry about the compatibility issues.
      3. workshopfiles2.swf: This is the compiled version of the program that you would upload to your web server.
      4. workshopfiles2.txt: This is a text file that you can ignore. It simply keeps track of the conditions (more on this in the workshop).
      5. workshopfiles2.php: This is the php script that opens the program on the server and assigns conditions.
      6. parseflash.php: This is the code that handles all the data processing.
      7. workshopfiles2debrief.php: This is the file where you include your debriefing. Edit it with EditPad Pro.
      8. forthebirds.flv: Video file for the program.
      9. lifted.flv: Another video file for the program.
  3. Powerpoint for Session 1 – http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jgalak/flashworkshop/FlashWorkshop-Session1.ppt
  4. Powerpoint for Session 2 – http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jgalak/flashworkshop/FlashWorkshop-Session 2.ppt
  5. Powerpoint for Session 3 – http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jgalak/flashworkshop/FlashWorkshop-Session3.ppt
  6. Experiment Check List – http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jgalak/flashworkshop/ExperimentCheckList.pdf

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jgalak@stern.nyu.edu