Reviews and Problems with Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5
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Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Review
30 May 2010
Excerpt: Given the fractious relationship that can often exist between designers and developers, the biggest surprise about Adobe Flash Catalyst ($399 list) is that it took until Creative Suite 5 for this brand-new app to make its debut. Intended to let designers take their creations to the next level themselves, it breaks down animation and automation tools to their basic elements in ways that don’t require coding or scripting knowledge.
Summary: Within its clearly defined and constrained boundaries, Flash Catalyst CS5 is a radical step toward integrating visual designers more closely into the process of building Flash interactive projects, and separating out the three major functions of Flash: Interactivity, animation and coding.
Catalyst is an interesting innovation, with potentially significant implications for Flash development, but it debuts as a 1.0 product, a work-in-progress.