Introduction to Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Training
(includes a copy of Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Classroom in a Book—a $54.99 value)
This exciting new product from Adobe allows designers to create rich applications and content without at the writing the code. By linking visual layouts to assets that can be edited in Illustrator and Photoshop, Catalyst makes interactive applications or serves as a front end for Flash Builder and Flex developers. This is a great starting point for designers who want more interactivity but are intimidated by code.
• Getting Started–Catalyst Environment and Overview
• Preparing, Importing and Managing Assets
• Layers, Pages and States
• Creating Interactivity
• Transitions and Action Sequences
• Video and Sound
• SWFs and Data
• Drawing in Catalyst
• Publishing a Catalyst Project
A copy of the coursebook and the data files will be sent to you prior to the start of the class.
Create and deliver rich interactive content
Adobe® Flash® Catalyst™ CS5 software is an approachable new interaction design tool. Transform Adobe Illustrator®, Photoshop®, and Fireworks® artwork into expressive, fully interactive projects without writing code, and leverage the reach and consistency of the Adobe Flash Platform.
Top reasons to buy Adobe® Flash® Catalyst™ CS5
Approachable interaction design
Create expressive interfaces and interactive content without writing code. Designers can define behaviors and control sophisticated interactions with simple menu-based commands without requiring any development or coding skills.
Turn static Adobe Illustrator®, Photoshop®, and Fireworks® artwork into interactive components and add interactions that respond to user input. Interfaces and interactive content can appear with a branded look and feel, as the design requires.
Smooth animated transitions
Graphically edit and create animated transitions between pages or states of components. Designers can extend their creativity by creating engaging experiences with objects that move and smoothly fade in and out.
Define and preview the look and behavior of dynamic data quickly and easily. Similar to using placeholder text or images, you can use mock data without having to actually connect to a back-end system.
Video and dynamic media
Integrate video, sound effects, and dynamic media as easily as working with static artwork, and then add interactions to control their playback. Even import SWF files that you can play from a specific frame.
Edit artwork in Illustrator or Photoshop at any time while preserving structure and interactions. Reduce the number of steps required to edit artwork with full fidelity by preserving all layers and visibility settings.
Pages and states
Use these building blocks to organize your projects and to control navigation and interactions. Create unique designs for rollovers and behaviors, and visualize exactly how content will appear through different stages of user interaction.
Powerful layout tools
Get the look you want quickly and precisely with sophisticated page layout tools and functions. Rulers, grids, and guides provide accurate placement of objects while object arrangement tools perform grouping and alignment.
SWF and Adobe AIR® export
Export projects to the web as a finished SWF file that leverages the ubiquity, expressiveness, and reach of Adobe Flash Player 10 software, or directly to a customer as an Adobe AIR file that can run outside of the browser.
Adobe Flash Builder™ integration
Open Flash Catalyst projects with Adobe Flash Builder (formerly Adobe Flex® Builder™) software, making it easy to add connections to a database or web services while preserving the visual and interaction design defined by designers. Both Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder leverage the open source Flex framework, enabling designers to hand off projects directly to developers in a usable format.