30 April 2010
Adobe Flash Catalyst is the newest addition to the Creative Suite 5 lineup. It is intutive to use, makes it easy to create great interactive websites and content, and supports strong workflow collaboration with developers using Flash Builder 4, now part of Creative Suite 5 Web Premium and Master Collection.
When Flash Catalyst was first premiered at MAX in Chicago in 2007, it was a concept called Thermo. Thermo's goal was to let designers create user interface designs for use with the Flex Framework. The trick was that designers could use their favorite design tools (Illustrator, Photoshop, or Fireworks) and use their existing design skills to create amazing designs for the web.
As we continued work on Thermo, a large industry trend started to emerge. Designers who worked in print or in traditional graphic design wanted to expand their skills. In addition, their clients wanted to target the web, desktop, and other screens that their potential customers were using in growing quantities. With that trend, Thermo also worked to make the world of interactive user experiences easier for a broader set of people that want to express themselves with the power of the Flash Platform.
Since its introduction, we have been working tirelessly to bring Flash Catalyst from concept to reality, and when using Flash Catalyst, you can do the same with your own ideas.
Flash Catalyst includes the following features:
Support for video and dynamic media: Flash Catalyst lets you import audio, video, and SWF animations into your project and control them using intuitive interactions and timelines. Dynamic media can be choreographed to get the right look and feel you want for your application. The built-in video player takes advantage of the new Open Source Media Framework, giving your developers the ability to tie in powerful content management and media monetization options into your video applications.
We can't wait to see what amazing things you will create with this new tool. For more information on how to get use and get started with Flash Catalyst, check out the following resources: