Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Bible by Rob Huddleston

By Rob Huddleston


Learn to exploit the recent Flash Catalyst to create wealthy web functions Adobe Flash Catalyst allows you to take designs from Photoshop and Illustrator and convert them into wealthy Flash-based applications-without writing or perhaps knowing one line of code. it may well sound too strong to be actual, yet this useful reference indicates you the way to leverage the Flash talents you have already got with a view to convert your rules into functioning purposes. you are going to discover every thing from the fundamentals of the Flex framework to utilizing Flash Builder to accomplish conversion of an application. indicates you the way to take advantage of the eagerly expected Flash Catalyst to transform resources from Illustrator and Photoshop at once into Flex elements with no ever wanting to jot down code studies the fundamentals of the Flex framework and wealthy web functions* Demonstrates how one can import comps and resources into Flash Builder in an effort to create an software Convert your rules from layout into functioning applications-and stay away from writing complicated code-with this authoritative source. observe: CD-ROM/DVD and different supplementary fabrics are usually not integrated as a part of e-book dossier.

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Ultimately, Catalyst is nothing more than a new tool to create MXML, the visual layer of the Flex application. This is why you will see references to Catalyst projects throughout the program and this book, not files. Catalyst does create a project as a single file with an FXG extension, but this file is a package that hides much more complexity behind the scenes. Once you import the project into Flash Builder, you will begin to see the underlying complexity and how Catalyst really does create projects, not files.

In this chapter, you explored: 34 l A brief history of the Web l The move from Dynamic HTML to Ajax l The Flash Platform and its various tools and runtimes Part I: Rich Internet Applications and the Flash Platform Catalyst Projects Catalyst is fairly unique in the software world in that it is designed to be a sort of middleman. Most projects will neither begin nor end in Catalyst. Instead, you or your designer will start out by designing a comp of the project in Photoshop or Illustrator and then importing that comp into Catalyst.

Flash Player’s release cycle is tied to that of Flash Professional. Thus, Flash Player 10 was released in October 2008, alongside Flash Professional CS4; Flash Player 11 is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2010 with Flash Professional CS5. 32 Chapter 1: Understanding Rich Internet Applications Adobe Integrated Runtime In 2007, Adobe released Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). AIR allows developers to leverage existing skills and technologies to develop desktop applications. While it is possible to use a variety of languages to develop AIR applications, even including HTML and CSS, most AIR development is done with tools in the Flash platform.

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