Total Training for Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5 Essentials will teach you the process and workflow for building user interfaces for Flex-based websites and applications. Built for designers, Flash Catalyst combines an intuitive user interface and the familiar Adobe toolset with the expressiveness, consistency, and reach of the Adobe Flash Platform. In this course, you will wireframe an application, design the user interface, create components, add interactions, integrate sound and video, connect data, and understand how the round-trip workflow with a developer working in Flash Builder.
By the time you are done with this training you will understand how to import user interface designs from Photoshop or Illustrator. How to create an interactive wireframe in Flash Catalyst, create and modify view states and skin a user interface with full-fidelity artwork. You’ll also be able to round-trip and edit art in Photoshop and Illustrator, create interactive components and define component states, interactions and transitions. Then preview, test and publish your project.
Full designer to developer and return workflow allows ongoing collaboration on the same project.
Resizable applications and components means websites and apps look great across devices with different screen sizes.
Workspace improvements include enhanced timelines and animations, new common Library panel, align panel, and other features.
Custom skinnable components are elements that are built by developers in Flash Builder 4.5 and then skinned by a designer in Flash Catalyst CS5.5.
Improved interactions in this recent version of Flash Catalyst means you can visually target components directly from the artboard, making it easier to define transitions to other component states.
Building a New Project Based on an Illustrator® File
Layer Organization & Custom Components
Creating Resizable Layouts
Previewing a Project
Chapter III: BUILDING NAVIGATION (32 min)
Editing a Common Button Component
Creating a Button Component from Custom Artwork
Labeling Components & Creating States
Adding Interaction for Navigation
Chapter IV: ADDING FULL FIDELITY DESIGN (31 min)
Round-Trip Editing & Customizing a Design
Skinning Button States & Parts
Chapter V: ANIMATING USER INTERACTIONS (32 min)
Adding Fades & Moving Transitions between States
Adding Resize & Rotate 3D Transitions
Triggering Transitions with an FLV Timer
Triggering Animations with Action Sequences
Chapter VI: DATA & COMPONENTS (48 min)
Editing Button, Text Input & Check Box Components
Customizing Scrollbar & Data List Components
Using Non-Editable Flex® Components
Tips for Working with Components
Chapter VII: SOUND, VIDEO & FLASH CONTENT (21 min)
Working with Video
Working with Flash Professional SWF Files
Chapter VIII: WORKING WITH DEVELOPERS IN FLASH BUILDER® (30 min)
Designing Components Using Imported Placeholder Skins
Creating a Skinnable Component for Use in Flash Builder
Working with FXP Files between Flash Builder & Flash Catalyst
Working with FXPL Files between Flash Builder & Flash Catalyst
Chapter IX: COMMON DESIGN SCENARIOS (53 min)
Setting Up a Banner & Navigation Buttons
Adding a Video Timer & Interactions for a Timed Banner
Setting Up an Image Gallery
Laying Out the Images in the Custom Component
Chapter X: PUBLISHING YOUR PROJECT (20 min)
Optimizing Files in Your Project
Publishing Content for the Browser & as a Desktop Application
Online Resources, Help & Community
Total Run Time: 5.2 hrs
Tanya is owner, visual communication designer, and education consultant for Numen Communications Inc., based in Ottawa, Canada. With over 10 years of experience working for companies such as Macromedia, Adobe, and Apple, Tanya collaborates with marketing and product teams to create world-class education products, curriculum, and learning content.
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