How can we extend or script Flash Catalyst like JSFL for Flash Professional? It doesn't seem like we can just yet. I have added this as a feature request within the Adobe Labs Ideas site for Catalyst. Someone at Adobe suggested that I also explore the forums, so here we are. If you would also like to have this feature added, please let Adobe know by promoting the
Our use case is this: we have a large Flash file with a library of over one thousand skins and assets that were built in Flash with Adobe's Flex Skins Templates. These stateful, graphical skins were used within a custom theme by several Flex 3 projects.
Due to the large number of assets, we have chosen to exploer JSFL as an option for automating the exporting these symbols out of Flash Pro. Looking ahead, we would naturally like to also be able to automate the importing of these assets into Flash Catalyst. Importing and exporting functionality would be primary, followed by possibly the conversion of artwork to components.
My only thoughts on this would be to in Flash Professional create a JSFL that exports each element as an FXG file, then you will have to manually import those FXGs into Flash Catalyst. You can then convert the imported elements into the matching Catalyst components, then leverage the FXPL feature for the best interchange with Flash Builder.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, export FXG would be just the thing, or at least, thats exactly what i thought. However Flash Pro CS5's JSFL does not expose any sort of 'Export to FXG' functionality at this time. I have added this as a feature request to the Adobe Labs Idea site here, (feel free to vote on that feature), as well as posted a general question to the Flash forum here. I'm about to experiment with a JSFL script that will instead perform an exportSWF call, and see what Catalyst can do with that.