I agree with SarahBon.. Can we see Examples of Flash Catalyst?.. Thanks!
This is only a beta, so it is pretty risky to spend a lot of time creating something that might be used on a live project and will need editing in the future.
Here is a sample of my test with video... Please note that the video is in the background and the buttons are above it as if it were a simple static image...
I don't know how slow or fast it will play on older computers... On mine it loads very quickly and plays without hickups. The shoreter version of the video is about 2.2, the longer 6.2 megs. (I used H.264 .f4v format). Pages can be changed while video is playing -- This is Great feature!
One more thing -- the video was first imported into Flash CS4 because Catalist would not stop on the last frame... Unfortunetally this killed my ability to add play, stop - pause - buttons... (They only work with video that was imported directly to Catalist -- video wrapped into swf file does not work -- I hope this will change).
I can't promise how long this link will work
I'm one of those "people" referred to as "doing risky things" and have invested much sweat and frustration in creating a website using Illustrator CS4, PS CS4 and Flash Catalyst.
I'll post the link when it's done.
Technically I'm an idiot. I've been repeatedly creating the same website for months now, creating a bit, saving the file, recovering from the inevitable crash (desperately hoping there's a beta 3 - I check every day). It's a bit insane when you think about it.
The fact is that I need a killer website and I can't do it in Flash.
I don't know if it's me and a handful of other people who just can't seem to crack the Flash barrier, but I've spent countless hours studying, practicing, taking FLA files apart, bit-by-bit and I stil don't get it. And I've been a programmer for 25 years. I'm an artist though and that's probably the problem and also why FC is so appealing. It does the work behind the scenes (in-between crashes).
BUT - there's something positive in this. The longer I work with FC, the more I understand how Flash works. I didn't expect that to happen. I wouldn't be surprised if some day I create my website entirely in Flash simply because I know FC so well.
I think pioneers are really just people too stupid to know when to quit... ;o)
>>>>>>I don't know if it's me and a handful of other people who just can't seem to crack the Flash barrier, but I've spent countless hours studying, practicing, taking FLA files apart, bit-by-bit and I stil don't get it. <<<<<
Which only proves one thing that everybody probably knows by now -- Flash is a wonderful technology that is very badly implemented... It seems as if Adobe is only now waking up to this reality that Flash and Action Script needs GUI...
Schwiet thats looking great man.. when you made the gallery....did you basically create a new "state" for every image?
yes the detailed images are all on separated states... i actually had to cut down on the work i used because in the Beta you can only have 20 states or less, which was a bummer. the thumbnails are all buttons linking to the correlating states
oh.. I wasn't aware of that maximum... I have a gallery with well over 20 photos. I wonder how I could work around that then....
If you have linux then you will need flash 10.1, but windows should be fine. The embedded fonts have a problem when run under linux - catalyst bug.
Oh, and I did not get to choose the phots for the gallery - not my choice but outa my hands that one - hehe
The (About Us page) photo gallery and sound basics were done with catalyst and then tweeked in FlashBuilder/Flex to load the photos and make the sound on/off work correctly - this is an in progress project..
here is one i'm working on:
 link removed at poster's request
anyone know how to make a preloader?
There are some very nice looking sites here
Making a custom preloader requires some technical diving. Here are two great resources for how to do this between Flash Professional and Flash Builder:
The basic workflow would be this:
1. Create your project in Catalyst, save it as an FXP and import it into Flash Builder
2. Create your Preloader animation in Flash Professional and export it as a swc
3. Bring the SWC into your project in Flash Builder
4. Create an ActionScript class that links the SWC to Flex loading events
5. Attach the AS class to your main Application
For now, there is unfortunately no way to do this without some coding and some work between multiple Flash products.
There might be a downside to developing our websites in FC Beta2 - Beta 1 wasn't compatible with Beta 2 - and I had to start over from scratch. So I wonder if B2 will be compatible with whatever's next?
The link you gave is invalid ! I receive a 404 error with a page forbidden.
It works for me. The website is about 25 mb so it can take a while to load
Can you try it again now? I think i messed the main.html / index.html up
It's not working..
A bit strange, when i go to www.bklightstyle.nl in chrome it displays it perfectly. Initially the page is blank and you can't see a thing, but after a few moments (depending on your connectionspeed, it's a flashfile of 25 mb)
Please check it again, if it's still not working, please tell me what you see (or don't for that matter)
It works, It's beautiful, but... it takes about 4 minutes to load... and I have a pretty fast connection...
The U.S. Navy SEALs have just re-vamped their site using Catalyst. As the designer I can say it helped me score a home run with the command. Give it a try.
All the best with your creation,
98% cpu load on my macbook pro on theses sites ....
Adobe should fix such cpu hogs to keep their customers
>http://bklightstyle.nl/ designed for a 30" screen? Image someone witha netbook want to have a look on your site
Some kind of autoscaling dependant of the viewable area in the browser would very useful.
to make your gallery happen you should create a custom component! those haver ther own "pages/states". I just made an horizontal image scroll bar with 30 thumbnails and when you clic on them the "big" image appears. Fc is really cool.