Thanks for the kind words. I realized it's definitely a monitor issue. Ready for this...I'm using a Vista laptop. Haha. And since there's no way to change color settings here, the best I can do is lighten everything and hope for the best. I've noticed when looking at my work on Macs, even thecolors are way off. Not sure how to fix that until I get a Mac
I wrote this whole site using photoshop, then created swfs in catalyst, then put the swfs together using flash builder. It's for my church, but to be honest it was a lot of work. Actionscript 3 may be easier.
click around all the links and let me know what you think.
Very nice typography. Swiss is the nicest face.
Why did you use Fex Bldr. instead of all Catalyst?
So much is well done. I suggest, rather than begging pardon for the load time, just post a notice that their request, or the page, is loading.
Too bad Catalyst doesn't provide for loader modifications.
Keep up the good work
Nice to see things coming here.
I suggest that you guys also have a look into Flex Builder and try to create a loading strategy, to load pictures on demand, rather than all on the initial load.
Basically it is a good practice to keep the main swf as small as possible.
If you want to add deeplinks I suggest trying this example:
Have a nice day
Well the file size that catalyst creates is out of control. plus the header and footer were to be the same on every page. So I didn't have to create those same links and interactions 20 times (or however many pages I needed), I just decided to stack the swfs together using flash builder. If that was all one swf, it would take much much longer to load. So i basically have 3 swf files loading.
At home I run a fast network but I had some friends load on their machines and do some speed tests. most were about 3-5 mbps which is normal, but some where .5-1.5 which caused issues with the swf files catalyst builds. When a page takes forever, people click away. So I made a quick image to put in the background. The problem is when the swf starts loading, you lose the image! catalyst/builder have some issues. I may be able to throw the image on top of the swf and play with the timeline so it disappears after the swf loads.
What adobe really needs, is to figure out a way to make catalyst into an editable fla file so I can import it into flash.
You could optimize the project in flash builder.
Basically you could built the main app ich consists of the navigation and a view container (eg view stack) or a component with multiple viewstates.
But the events would have to be coded manually.
Something really nice with the new spark image is that it have a built in preloader
Hope that helps in some way
I don't enjoy the need to buy Flex or Flash Builder.
I am a retired Industrial Designer who began working on web design some while ago and never had the patience for learning code.
Consequently, various Adobe products seemed to promise the "key" to delivering my wonders. I now have Catalyst, Fire Works, Dreamweaver
Now I see that Flash Builder is what I "really need" in order to get so much of this stuff to work as desired. I refuse to buy, yet, one more product to help all the .
other things really work correctly and easily.
I appreciate the intricacy and complexity of web design and blame nothing but my stubbornnes for being limited. But ... I'm also a
photographer and video guy and I've never had to assemble a shutter and or an iris to make striking visuals. I'll just slog through, sans Builder x.x.
If you've seen www.moonwoodhome.com from within the Catalyst forum, you may give me some breathing space on my position.
That moonwood home site is pretty nice. I see some options I would've changed instead of making more work to explain things to the user. Also catalyst makes some pretty cool interactions you can use, but that adds a lot of loading time and lines of code. you certainly can create just a swf and use the deploy to web file to load the content.
I would say that using css is a ton easier. to get the interactions you want, you need to know actionscript though, which is a daunting task if your heart's not in it.
you could presumably load each swf to your server and write the code in flash to pull the external swf file from your directory, since you do have flash pro.
>I don't enjoy the need to buy Flex or Flash Builder.
Flex is just the free open source framework
FlashBuilder is free for non commercial usage and can be aquired here :
> but that adds a lot of loading time and lines of code.
I think that the code is the smallest amount of data to load, actually images make the main swf big when embedding them.
The latest beta of Flash Catalyst allows bi-directional collaborative project exchange so that one developer friend could help you out with some things.
Lets see where this all evolves, I am excited.
Have a nice Day !
So I too just got my site up.......
combo of Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash Pro and then Catalyst.
one thing I did to get around the horrid default loader was to set up
an "index" welcome page in Dreamweaver
I love constructive feedback! http://KROOTSTUDIO.com/
I've just uploaded my first site built in Catalyst. I Created all the elements in photoshop and illustrator then imported into Catalyst for assembling.
Once finished I inserted the swf into a Dreamweaver page.
I noticed it takes quite a while to load as the main swf file is quite large.
I'm not into coding so am hesitant to venture into Flex or Flash Builder. Is this the only option? Is there any way of compressing or optimising the swf file maybe?
Anyway, I'd be interested to hear any comments/feedback.
Bracing myself nervously... :-|
I think you're facing the same issue as me. It took a little while to load, although probably less than a minute.
Anyway, I liked the little scroll bar handle you made on your About page. Very cute.
I like the idea of being able to customise this in Catalyst.
All the best
Thank's......oddly I have to fix it.
I just looked at your site it did take a while to load but it did not have a progress bar?
I had some one help me with a index page, you too may want to make an index page then make the SWF a second index all done in Dreamweaver.
I did find a tutorial that seems like it will work as far as the pre-loader, but to view it you need to be running Catalyst 5.5,
I am looking into getting 5.5, but this tutorial seems to have the answer, for non coder's here is the link.
Hope this helps....
Thanks Stacy, that's an excellent link.
Some great Pre-loader samples shown at http://www.prettyloaded.com/ too.
I'll definitely be looking into this further. I'll have a play with Catalyst 5.5 when it arrives next week too.
If I can at least entertain the audience while they wait perhaps the time spent loading is less painful for them.
True........ shiny sparkles always divert attention.......... haha
I would be interested in how it works for you and how your files open in the new 5.5........
Glad the link is a possibility.
Near instant loading and an interesting site. Why does it load so quickly?
Is it all FC?
Suggestions: the butterfly be used during the intro and no more from there
Imagine that while I'm giving a talk, I wave my hand to the side, fluttering
Do you know what I said or were you distracted by my hand action?
On subsequent pages, did the butterfly bring anything new to the
Thanks drjury! Point taken about the animation on the subsequent states. I may just grab stills for those, as I find them distracting myself.
Don't know why it loads so quickly, but I think the large videos on the videography page may take a while. I used panini and burrito, but nothing fancy except for the contact page.
It's a hog during editing though, and crashes after almost every change in panini, but recovers on restart ok. (I've got 12G ram, and no ther apps to speak of running.) I went through my library and deleted everything that's not used (don't worry, it'll tell you if an asset is in use) so maybe that helped speed it up.
Wow JUDGE_JIM. Great first project! I'm amazed how much you packed into it, especially all the movie footage. Quite surprising in view of how long it took to load which wasn't too long considering the amount of content. Overall it's very well put together too — very informative and professional. I had lost interest in flash catalyst for a while but you've inspired me to take another look at it. I'm interested to see what Adobe does with it next as it has so much potential. Unfortunately, it still has a way to go before I can use it in a real-world context.
I'm interested to see how little discussion there's been on this since May.
Hello guys, i know some graphic design, have work as a creative in some agencies and this is my first project made in Flash Catalyst, it took me more time to create the concept of turning a nuclear plant into a graphic design freelance service, anyway just wanted to share my page, text s in spanish but you'll get the idea, i hope.
the hole document has 7mb, the flash only 1mb, most of the images specially the ones from the "fusion grafica" are linked outside of the flash file, those takes around 5mb and makes the .swf file load five times faster because of that.
>I get the Flash update dialog
>Flash update states that Mac OS 10.6 or later to install.
>That's a limited audience....... my computers only a year and a half
just update flash ? Or buy a intel based mac or get a pc
Looks pretty good. I suggest attention to a few graphic elements.
Change the typeface of the red embossed headline/airline name to one used by
the airline or a use a simpler, less styled font.
Reduce the weight of the font initial cap which starts each paragraph. As
is, the characters suggest an acronym which caused me to search for the
"word". This is a strong distraction. Consider using bullets if you wish to
draw the reader to each paragraph.
Keep up the good work.
After being in Graphic Design for the past 15 years I thought it was time to display 'some' my work online or even explore the market of web design but found Flash Catalyst to be a good start! Have a look at two I've created
Personal portfolio - www.davidsomers.ie
Client Project - www.signsoflife.ie
Really hope someone can help me. I have seen some great sites, and am hoping someone can tell me how to get the browsers "back" button to work on an FC site. Sorry for the noob question, but am just getting into the web design game. Thanks to anyone who can help.