ADOBE FLASH CATALYST (formerly known by its codename THERMO) is a
designers' tool for creating the user interface for Rich Internet
Development and sales of
Adobe Flash Catalyst ended on April 23,
With Flash Catalyst, user interface architects can create the user
Adobe Flex (now
Adobe Flash Builder 4) applications
using Adobe graphics software. Then developers can use the result to
build the rest of the application in Flex.
Flash Catalyst can import
Adobe Photoshop ,
Adobe Illustrator , Adobe
Fireworks , or Flash XML Graphics (
FXG ) files keeping all their
features. The converted artwork can then be used as functional UI
components (creating Flex component skins). After importing, users use
WYSIWYG techniques to create and edit behaviors (mouse event
handling, etc.) without writing code and create animated transitions.
Flash Catalyst can also use design-time data placeholders when marking
up an application, testing interactivity, and choreographing motion.
These placeholders can then be replaced at production-time with final
artwork. This same method can be used to create UIs to handle dynamic
data without having access to the actual data source.
Imported objects are maintained as linked files, so behaviors created
in Flash Catalyst are still maintained even after the original file is
edited in its originating program (e.g., Photoshop or Illustrator).
Flash Catalyst is also compatible with
Adobe Flash Builder (formerly
called "Flex Builder"), using the same project format.
In addition to its primary function of being a GUI composer for Adobe
Flex components, Flash Catalyst also features a basic code workspace,
which consists of a subset of