Thank you for the feedback. Let me respond to each of your suggestions:
1. Code editing
We certainly recognize the value of editing code in Catalyst and recognize that designers as well as developers want to edit their code. Being about to robustly round trip code in Catalyst is a feature that we plan to address in a later version of Catalyst.
2. Editing in place/isolation mode on groups
I agree that this is a real time saver by making selections and editing much faster. For now, a work-around that may work for some artwork is to convert it to a custom component so that it can be edited in isolation. I recognize this is a trade off. If you convert artwork to a component then you can edit in place, but you won't be able to use the white arrow selection tool to "reach" into the component when you are not editing in place
3. Applying effects to artwork in Catalyst
Coming in the next beta release :-)
I think Catalyst is a step in the right direction, the ability to import a psd or ai file and convert it to an application is pretty slick,
I would like to see the following incorporated into the tool as well:
- Use percentages for parts of your design. In the beta this is not possible, values are absolute. Or enable restraint based layout as you can do in Flex.
- Enable absolute center in the browser as you can do in Flex.
Now I know I can fix the above in Flex no problem, but since Catalyst is basically a layout tool,
it makes sense to me the above functionality should be included in Catalyst. Just my 2 cents.
Over all I think it's great.
Thanks for the positive feedback!
We definitely know about this gap in the product and it's a high priority for future versions.
Beta II is now available and supports filters on objects. Select a graphic and apply things like glows and drop shadows using the Properties Inspector panel.