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In my opinion, there is no need to learn Flash or Flash builder before using Flash Catalyst. Start using Flash Catalyst and make AI files to be leveraged in your interacive project. For a better start, try with "Flash catalyst" document profile in AI and plan your layers and art with concept to animate them. Start with a very small projects and do not ignore warning messages.
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No, I would suggest that you start learning how Flash Builder works with Flash Catalyst as a learning path. You will hit limits within Flash Catalyst, that sometimes are very easy to solve in Flash Builder. To that end, learning ActionScript 3 would be another good task to undertake.
I have the adobe suite which includes flash and flash catalyst,but flash builder is a separate purchase, learning action script is on my menu.
Flash builder is useful even if I`m not creating internet applications? Just educational ebooks and basic demo mini apps,
can the widgets created in flash catalyst be imported to Dreamweaver? (but not as flash components but spry widgets). ?
I have tried Flash for a few years and it really never quite clicked for me. Much less when I got to Actionscript! That said, learning the basics of Flash and getting experience with other Flash generation products is a good idea.
As to AI or PS, working knowledge in those and other graphics tools gives you greater control and power over your designs.
I discovered Catalyst recently and gave it a whirl. Viewed the training videos on Adobe.tv and also went through the Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Classroom in a Book (Adobe Press) which was also a big help.
To my great satisfaction, I got a decent web site with roll-overs, transitions, and scroll boxes done in a day!
Love this program!
thanks for the book tips - was that website with transitions and roll overs in flash, or ajax and spry widgets once generated and live??,.
If you'd like to see the site, it's posted at http://empdigital.net/cat_test/index.html. Still alot of tweaking to do, but it's decent for a start and only one day's work. All the design was done in Photoshop. I did apply the filters (outer glow, drop shadow) to the text for the links, the badges, tranistions are in Cat and the scroll box as well.
I've yet to read about spry widgets being importable. That's where I find other programs that create Flash swf's for import. For instance, I plan to use my favorite Flash generator Anvsoft Flask Maker Platinum to create swf shows.
Hope this helps,
nice site, I can see now thanks, its flash generated output, I was hoping to avoid this situation if I made a website with
Catalyst as viewers need to download/install the flash installer to play the website back, cheers! Its ok if your audience is websavvy mainstream users though,
Thanx. Not bad for a start and there are more features that can be added in Cat.
The whole goal of Catalyst is to enable a designer to build a Flash site without being a coder with Actionscript knowledge, so I found it to be a Godsend!
As to the Flash Player, at least it is a standard on most PCs and Macs and the website willnotify the visitor that its needed.
Good luck with everything.
I see Thankyou! I keep mixing my thoughts up with adobe captivate for elearning modules, i`ll work it out lol, it is good if you did it that fast, i`m learning it now, cheers,