Adobe Flash Catalyst is a new tool for visual and interaction designers to create applications and website designs without needing to write code, and to promote a seamless handoff from designer to developer when building web applications using the Adobe Flex framework. Flash Catalyst is designed to work alongside other Creative Suite 5 design tools, including Illustrator and Photoshop. When using Flash Catalyst, you can select artwork and modify it using Illustrator and Photoshop without needing to do complicated exports or imports. When you start up Flash Catalyst, you can then import your artwork to set up your project. When working with your design files, it is important to keep your various layers named and organized. When you import your designs into Flash Catalyst, the layer names are preserved and will be used as a guide for your timeline creation, interaction definition and other areas in Flash Catalyst. Keeping your layers well named will make your work in Flash Catalyst much easier.
You can start by creating your design in Photoshop or Illustrator and importing the resulting file into Catalyst. Then, you can do the following: Create buttons that change while the user hovers the mouse cursor over them or clicks them just like buttons in Flash. Add buttons, sliders, and other user interface components that link to other locations or perform other marvelous tricks. Add animation, such as moving components on and off the screen. Develop an entire site with multiple pages.