3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 13, 2013 12:44 PM by Jynglez888

    FC: School Project Help

    Jynglez888 Level 1

      So, im brand new to catalyst,(and builder). and the design class i have this semester would have me make something interactive using either catalyst or builder. Im thinking i can stick with catalyst for my project but that is part of the questions.
      Question 1: Is Catalyst capable of what i need for my project or is builder my better bet.
      Question 2: I would ask if what im trying to do is possible for a little advice on how to accomplish it would be nice.(as ive realized finding tutorials for my needs has prooved unsuccessful.)



      So here what the project is and what it needs.

      Im making an interactive map sorta like google maps.


      it will have certain elements:


      -Illustrated terrain map [can do in photoshop]

      -a road map with seperate layers for roads, trails, city symbols and capitol symbols. [will be done in Illustrator and and will overlay the terrain map]

      -Detail bubbles: kinda like a popup that will appear with information about a location if you were to hover over or click on a city symbol [either done with buttons, or states]



      -An interactive legend that can be toggled on or off. which will have options to toggle visibiliy certain layers of the road map (toggle visibility of roads or symbols independently) [dont with several page states.]

      Ok all of the above im pretty sure catalyst can accomplish, i just mention this to give a full overview. The next part is where im going to have difficulty.



      -A diamond shaped four directional pan control HUD. basicly 4 buttons for up,down,left, right. used to pan around the map(im thinking ill set them up like the arrow buttons of a horizontal and vertical scroll bar? but idont know if it will be functional without a thumb or track?)

      -A zoom slider. a simple horzontal slider that will zoom the image in and out. Ive found a tutorial for a zoom button using a zoom and unzoomed page state but im looking for more control over the amount zoomed. also if this is not possible would it be possible to have multiple zoomed states and have them linked to certain positions on the zoom slider, to kinda mimic the effect im trying to get.


      Finally when panning or zooming i need all the map elements( terrainmap, road maps, location symbols, detail bubbles) to move in unison, while the other elements(the legend and the navigation controls) to remain stationary like a HUD for the map.


      So how about it? Some one wanna point me in the right direction?


      EDIT: I have asked my iinstructor, but when it came to the navigation feature he seemed unsure about it and the method he reccomended was to make different page states for the map and distribute the map into quadrants that would be swapped between using the buttons... thats just way to many page states that will have to all have there own buttons that go to the correct quadrant, and thats a head ache cause my map is 40x40 inch and the frame for the app im making is 800x600 pixel

        • 1. Re: FC: School Project Help
          Chris W. Griffith Adobe Community Professional

          First, you and the instructor realize that this product has been discontinued? I simplely would just author this using web technologies. You are going to encounter too many issues (state number limits for example) will trying to buid this. In addition, there is no one left using this application to assist to with issues. I have finally uninstalled from my machine, so I could not even test anything if asked.


          Sorry to sound so negative,


          Chris Griffith

          • 2. Re: FC: School Project Help
            Jynglez888 Level 1

            yes i know this and so does the instructor. which is also why its proven hard to find much tutorial style or learning info. the best i have is the lynda tutorials which doesnt really cover what im trying to do.


            I think the only reason they are still teaching it is because of doloris(spelling?) a new adobe program of some sort. idk a whole lot about it.


            ive been trying to look into flex because of the extreme scarcity of catalyst support. and even got the flex trial to play with it at home, but im by no means a developer and its too far outside the designer realm(especially with no design view in it which i learned they removed) it would take me more then a semester to attempt to learn the codeing enough to accomplish what i need.


            if you or anyone knows of a free source code which has the functions i need i could use that and probably attempt to backward engineer it to modify it to my needs. but to make it from scratch i will not be able to accomplish in the time i have.

            • 3. Re: FC: School Project Help
              Jynglez888 Level 1

              or even just in actionscript.  if i can compile a flash project to a AIR package? idk if that is possible ive never had a need for such a thing. but it would be acceptable for my project requirements.