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Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5

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Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Review

Reviewboard Magazine
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.
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Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 review

5 May 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 7

Flash Catalyst CS5

3 May 2010
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Flash Catalyst CS5, Adobe’s brand new interactive design tool, represents a bold initiative with a narrow and specific function. The program lets non-coder designers fashion interactive graphical elements that come to life as components of a Flash project—but only in conjunction with Flash Builder 4, which is now a member of the CS5 family.
  • Pros: Prototypes mesh smoothly with Flash Builder., Portability from Photoshop and Illustrator., Designers can create Flash interfaces., Programmers can add coding via Flash Builder.
  • Cons: Built-in actions are limited., Projects can't be moved to Flash Professional., No animation or scripting tools., Limited drawing tools.
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Overall 3
Value for money 3
Features 3
Ease of use 5

Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5

PC Pro
12 April 2010
  • Conclusion: A rather basic first release that's limited in features to compete with its main rival from Microsoft
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