It is tempting to call Flash 8 for Dummies the Flash Bible but that already exists. Nevertheless, this title from the …for Dummies line is the standard for anyone looking to improve their Flash skills. The book starts off with the basic steps of creating a Flash movie and gradually discusses more advanced nuances like embedded video and ActionScript. Intermediate Flash users can skip ahead a couple of chapters and not miss a beat. The book includes detailed how-tos on adding interactivity, using buttons and actions and even creating preloaders. All in all, this a go-to guide that every multimedia reporter should have handy.