Quick Guide to Flash Catalyst
A Designer's Guide to Visual Development
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: August 2011
Pages: 76

How do you transform user interface designs created in Photoshop or Illustrator into interactive web pages? It's easier than you think. This guide shows you how to use Adobe Flash Catalyst to create interactive UIs and website wireframes for Rich Internet Applications—without writing a single line of code.

Ideal for web designers, this book introduces Flash Catalyst basics with detailed step-by-step instructions and screenshots that illustrate every part of the process. You'll learn hands-on how to turn your static design or artwork into working user interfaces that can be implemented in Flash Builder or Adobe AIR.

  • Get an overview of Flash Catalyst’s interactive components
  • Import files from Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks
  • Convert your artwork into interactive components and apply specific actions
  • Create animated transitions between the web pages in your project
  • Test interactive components and transitions while you work
  • Get optimization tips to help you create fast-loading applications
  • Export projects to the SWF format for web use, or to Adobe AIR for desktop applications
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      Flash Catalyst is a high-level web development tool that allows for creation of flash-based web pages directly from Photoshop or Illustrator.
      The Quick Guide to Flash Catalyst by Rafiq Elmansy is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to Flash Catalyst but simply an introductory tutorial that provides hands-on exercises for the uninitiated to get a feel for using the environment. It succeeds in this intention and I found the guide quite easy to follow, well illustrated with screen shots and clear in instruction. At around a tenner for the 75 pages it is quite reasonably priced. It's aimed very specifically at the beginners market. It introduces Catalyst and takes you quickly through a very quick project. Nothing more nothing less. You get a tour of the various components of the environment, start with an Illustrator file, apply interactivity and then publish your work so that it can be test drove on the web. The author provides concise, but pithy commentary about a few subtler points of the process, but not in distraction from getting your feet wet with Catalyst.
      It meets expectations and provides a relatively instant appreciation of what and how you can mobilise Flash Catalyst for web user interface prototyping. Its not meant for anything more than getting a rapid experience, but many may find this quite useful with a trial version of the product to determine whether Catalyst is the product for you.

       
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      The title says it everything

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        Between the difficulties that we faced who we make Webs for small businesses and professionals are the impossibility to engage designers if our fort is to write code or to engage programmers if our fort is the design. The tool Flash Catalyst of Adobe easily allows to transform created graphical archives with Photoshop. Illustrator and Fireworks in interactive components for applications and Web sites without needing writing code.

        The book of Rafiq Elmansy, graphical designer with vast experience in the activity and the use of the software of Adobe, fulfills its promise to introduce to us of fast way in the use of this application.
        The text begins with a fast review by the panels of Catalyst and the elements (buttons, text box, lists and others) to teach to us like initiating our project soon, using transitions and to export it once finalized to use it in our developments.
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        Perhaps with another title one could complain lack of deepening, but so she tries to be, a fast guide, is an absolutely recommendable work

         
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          Entre las dificultades que enfrentamos quienes hacemos webs para pequeñas empresas y profesionales está la imposibilidad de contratar diseñadores si nuestro fuerte es escribir código o de contratar programadores si nuestro fuerte es el diseño. La herramienta Flash Catalyst de Adobe permite facilmente transformar archivos gráficos creados con Photoshop. Illustrator y Fireworks en componentes interactivos para aplicaciones y sitios webs sin necesidad de escribir código.
          El libro de Rafiq Elmansy, diseñador gráfico con vasta experiencia en la actividad y en el uso del software de Adobe, cumple con su promesa de introducirnos de manera rápida en el uso de esta aplicación.
          El texto comienza con un rápido repaso por los paneles de Catalyst y los elementos (botones, barras, listas etc.) para enseñarnos luego como iniciar nuestro proyecto, utilizar transiciones y exportarlo una vez finalizado para usarlo en nuestros desarrollos.
          Tal vez con otro título uno podría quejarse de falta de profundización, pero para lo que pretende ser, una guía rápida, es una obra absolutamente recomendable

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