Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 – New Professional Interaction Design Tool

Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5

Adobe CS5 includes more than 250 new features that are going to make work of design, print and production professionals easier, faster and more efficient. But there is also a completely new tool in CS5 called Adobe Flash Catalyst which is intended to facilitate the work of designers with regard to creation of interactive content. From now on designers will have possibility to create expressive Web application interfaces and design interaction without writing code.

Flash Catalyst is the brand new application which was introduced by Adobe on 12 April 2010 as a part of Creative Suite 5. Also it was presented at the second annual emerge conference that took place on 21-22 April 2010. Noha Edell, Business Development Manager at Adobe who was making presentation of Adobe CS5 at emerge said: “Adobe Flash Catalyst is an exciting new tool that enables designers familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator to transform artwork and images created/edited in those tools to interactive user interfaces, applications and information graphics by applying interactions without having to write code. Flash Catalyst really is a break through tool for traditional designers who want to be able to quickly create interactive experiences but don’t want to have to learn to code”.

Short Video – What is Flash Catalyst

With the help of Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 designers will be able to easily add interactive Flash content to web-sites and applications, transforming graphic artwork created in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Fireworks CS5 into interactive content. Now when designers have possibility to create interactive content without writing code, they can make interactive models in Flash Catalyst and present to their clients fully functional intermediate models.

Russell Viers, Adobe Certified Instructor, said about Flash Catalyst:
“Flash Catalyst takes the pressure of designers like me to learn Flash Professional. Flash Pro can be daunting to someone with a print background, and the thought of writing Actionscript is scary. With Flash Catalyst I can take an active role in various aspects of electronic asset creation without writing a single line of code. It also gives me the ability to put working examples of ideas in a customer’s hands sooner and without the expense of getting a programmer involved early in a project”

Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 has a limited number of built-in components such as buttons or scrollbars. But it is quite easy to import any required element from Photoshop or Illustrator and make it interactive.

Terry White has Shown 5 Favorite Features of Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5

Flash Catalyst is one of Adobe Flash Platform applications, and the only one among them which allows creation of content without necessity to know how to write code. It is created to improve workflow of designers who work in Photoshop and Illustrator rather than developers working with other Flash Platform applications. And naturally its structure is closer to the structure of such applications as Photoshop and Illustrator than to the one of other Flash Platform applications. As to integration with other Flash Platform applications, it should be noted that files created in Flash Catalyst can be read and edited only in Flash Builder 4. Adobe Flash Professional CS5 does not read this files format.

Where Flash Catalyst Fits In

Flash Catalyst CS5 Flash Professional CS5 Flash Builder 4
Product position Entry level Professional Developer
User base Interactivity novices Creative pros working in multimedia Developers
Project types Interactive graphics Animation, interactive applications Data-driven applications
Code language MXML ActionScript MXML, ActionScript
Output formats Flash Player, AIR Player, AIR, Lite Flash Player, AIR
Project structure Pages, states Timelines, frames Projects
Integration Editable with Flash Builder Editable with Flash Builder Editable with Flash Professional

Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 is included in Adobe CS5 Master Collection, Design Premium, Web Premium and Production Premium. Also it will be available as a separate product.

Join Steve Heinz as he introduces you to Adobe Flash Catalyst and shows you some of the amazing things you can do with it.

If you wish to see how to use Flash Catalyst to wireframe, prototype and accelerate application development between design and development join online event at Adobe.com. Registration:“Adobe Developer Week: Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 for Developers”. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific

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2 Responses to “Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 – New Professional Interaction Design Tool”

  1. Aaron M. says:

    Flash Catalyst definitely looks like something I’ll be spending some time in to get some quick interactive interfaces up.

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  2. zed says:

    Can you answer this question??
    “Who designed the artwork for the backdrop of the CS5 launch / Cover artwork for CS5 master collection.”?

    Really liked the dragon and pirateship on a map too,on the photoshop extended page..did the same guy design that too?

    Nobody seems to know it seems.. can you find out?

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