I've just started using flash catalyst a couple of days ago and I am loving every minute of it, but I have found a problem that I couldn't find a solution for by googling (never happened to me before!)
So on the left is the categories. When you click a category it opens the matching gallery with thumbnails and when you click a thumbnail the large images open. So far so good.
Now, I have more than 20 images to display on each category, so what I've done is I've split the categories in half, so I have for instance two states: 'Category1Part1' and 'Category1Part2'. on each state I've created a costum component which is the large image and every state is a different image. When you click the arrows on the sides you get to the next photo/state, and halfway through the arrow links you to 'Category1Part2' and then keeps linking you to the next states in that part.
Now, so far so good, but I hit a wall when I finally got to linking the thumbnails. Theoretically every thumbnail has to link to the substate it belongs to, but I want all thumbnails both on 'Category1Part1' and 'Category1Part2' so that people can browse through - But when I try adding an interaction of 'onclick' etc. I couldn't see the substates from the other part (for instance when I'm trying to link a thumbnail in 'Part1' to a state in 'Part 2'.
I guess there aren't any magical solutions but maybe a creative way around it? I've tried some stuff but nothing really works.
From my experience so far using catalyst, it seems that components bascially work like a hiearchy, or parent/child relationship. So basically Category1, and Category2 are two separate parents or components, and you are trying to link them to separate childs. The only way I could see it working is if you put both Categories, 1 and 2 on the same state/page. That way Part1 and Part2 can both link to them. I've done something similar which is why I say this, but you would have to put this into action to see if it really works...
only problem is that there are different thumbnails for every category. Also, the thumbnails are part of a scrollpanel and even if I put the scroll panel on the main state I still don't see the substates of the large image costum component on the list (and the large image has to be a costum component since there are much more than 20 large images)...