Well, I sat down and taught myself, with the help of a few web articles, in a few days.
I turned in a portfolio on CD yesterday and it looks gooooooood.
Check it out.
I do have pretty good knowledge of computers in general, and I do pick up on things pretty quickly, so YMMV, of course.
IMO, it’s a pretty intuitive interface. I knew what a lot of things were for before I even read the (very helpful, included) tutorial. It DOES use it’s own programming language (“ActionScript”) to get it to do things, and it’s pretty important to learn that, but it isn’t hard. The only actionscript commands I used in mine are “play” “stop” and “goto.” Pretty simple.
Download the demo from Macromedia’s site. 30 days, full featured. Beats paying $300 for something you don’t know if you’ll like yet.
Anyhow, there are still things I don’t really know how to do, but if I keep up with the program, I’m sure I’ll figure them out eventually.
Download the demo, take the included tutorial/look one up online. Mess around with it, look for web articles for help.