After months of being on the to-download list, I finally installed the 2nd Beta of Flash Catalyst and its pretty darn cool. I think one good indication that software is well done is whether or not someone can just begin using it without any help. And okay, I’ve got a little leg up on Adobe’s way of doing things from all my years with Flash, but I think what I did in the first 5 minutes of using Catalyst could be figured out by someone with zero Flash experience in maybe 15 minutes. If you wanna give yourself a quick test run with the program, try this…
- Install the Beta (if you haven’t yet, go ahead and start quitting every fun application you’re already running)
- Import a layered file from Photoshop (File > Import > .psd) This will be Page 1 for your site.
- Duplicate that State (look top right of the program in the Pages/States row).
Okay now you’re on your own. Try to make one element from the PSD be a button which on-click will transition from page 1 to page 2 and animate some changes between the two states. You’ll need to Publish at the end to test it out (File> Run Project). And if you do figure this out, you’ll stumble into a lot of the other potential interactions and possibilities with Catalyst, which look very promising. And easy to use!
I ran the course in about 5 minutes, see if you can do better. =)