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Creating smooth transitions


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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Creating smooth transitions

So we know that in our Flash Catalyst projects, we have something called Interactions. This allows us to define how we move or navigate from one page to another. We also know that the process of moving from one page to another is called the Transition, and that we control Transitions using the Timelines panel. Well, let's talk about getting professional results by creating something called Smooth Transitions. I'm starting off in this project here. It's called olive_tour_transitions and I haven't defined any interactions yet.
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  1. 9m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Key concepts
      4m 33s
    3. When should I use Flash Catalyst?
      2m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 33m 12s
    1. Creating a new project
      5m 14s
    2. Defining components
      6m 26s
    3. Adding pages
      5m 41s
    4. Adding interaction
      6m 20s
    5. Adding transitions
      7m 12s
    6. Publishing options
      2m 19s
  3. 21m 37s
    1. Planning your project
      8m 11s
    2. Starting your project in Illustrator
      4m 9s
    3. Starting your project in Photoshop
      4m 22s
    4. Starting your project in Fireworks
      3m 10s
    5. Starting your project in Flash Catalyst
      1m 45s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Understanding components
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a button component
      7m 10s
    3. Creating a checkbox component
      3m 55s
    4. Creating a radio button component
      5m 10s
    5. Creating a toggle button component
      2m 4s
    6. Creating a text input component
      1m 35s
    7. Creating horizontal and vertical slider components
      2m 46s
    8. Creating horizontal and vertical scrollbar components
      3m 1s
  5. 31m 55s
    1. Using the drawing and selection tools
      5m 52s
    2. Setting object properties
      4m 48s
    3. Importing artwork
      2m 27s
    4. Editing artwork in Illustrator
      6m 29s
    5. Editing artwork in Photoshop
      4m 27s
    6. Working with text
      3m 39s
    7. Optimizing artwork
      4m 13s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Understanding pages and layers
      9m 50s
    2. Editing pages and states
      7m 24s
    3. Using grids, guides, and rulers
      1m 40s
    4. Aligning and arranging objects
      2m 27s
    5. Moving elements between pages and states
      4m 33s
    6. Using the Library panel
      3m 2s
  7. 54m 43s
    1. Understanding interaction types
      8m 24s
    2. Creating conditional interactions
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding the timeline
      7m 40s
    4. Creating smooth transitions
      7m 44s
    5. Defining Move transitions
      3m 33s
    6. Defining Resize transitions
      3m 53s
    7. Defining Rotate transitions
      2m 53s
    8. Defining Rotate 3D transitions
      3m 35s
    9. Adjusting basic timing
      5m 57s
    10. Creating an action sequence
      7m 58s
  8. 18m 11s
    1. Creating Flash video files
      3m 32s
    2. Placing video into a project
      3m 51s
    3. Controlling video playback
      3m 51s
    4. Adding sound effects
      3m 17s
    5. Integrating Flash content
      3m 40s
  9. 25m 53s
    1. Using a Data List to define repeating elements
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a basic Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      5m 31s
    3. Creating a basic Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      3m 8s
    4. Planning a complex Data List
      1m 57s
    5. Creating a complex Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      6m 33s
    6. Creating a complex Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      4m 33s
  10. 12m 14s
    1. Publishing an SWF file to view locally or offline
      2m 30s
    2. Publishing an SWF files to upload to the web
      2m 35s
    3. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with Dreamweaver
      2m 25s
    4. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with an HTML text editor
      2m 48s
    5. Publishing an Adobe AIR file
      1m 56s
  11. 7m 52s
    1. Creating custom components
      4m 27s
    2. Working with Library Packages
      1m 47s
    3. Using the Code view in Flash Catalyst
      1m 38s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training
4h 35m Beginner Apr 12, 2010

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In Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding demonstrates how to create and publish fully interactive Flash (SWF) micro sites, widgets, portfolios, and applications from static Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks artwork—all without writing code. The course covers planning a project, importing and organizing assets, creating interactive components, defining repeating data lists, and publishing final projects. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Organizing a Flash Catalyst project with layers and pages
  • Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Sharing artwork across pages and states
  • Creating data lists for repeating elements in the Design-Time Data panel
  • Defining conditional parameters for an interaction
  • Integrating audio and video
  • Triggering state changes with interactions
  • Creating custom components
  • Exporting to SWF or AIR
  • Placing a SWF file into an HTML page on a web site
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Catalyst
Author:
Mordy Golding

Creating smooth transitions

So we know that in our Flash Catalyst projects, we have something called Interactions. This allows us to define how we move or navigate from one page to another. We also know that the process of moving from one page to another is called the Transition, and that we control Transitions using the Timelines panel. Well, let's talk about getting professional results by creating something called Smooth Transitions. I'm starting off in this project here. It's called olive_tour_transitions and I haven't defined any interactions yet.

We have all of our pages here and I want to make it so that when I click on these buttons, it will actually load or move me to a different page. So I'll click on the first button here and let's go to the Interactions panel and add an interaction. On click, I want to Play Transition to State and I'm going to choose the Growing state. Now I'll click OK. So for this button On Click, I'm going to Play Transition to Growing. Now let's make the other buttons functional as well. I'll click on the second button.

Add Interaction, On Click, Play Transition to the Picking state and then click OK. The third button should take me to the Extracting state, so I'll specify that right here. I'll do the same for the Bottling button and also for the Tasting button as well. Finally, there is one more button that I also want to add, which is when I'm in any of the pages for example, right now the Growing page, there's a button over here that I want to take me back or return me to the MainView page.

So I'm going to click on that object right here. I'm going to choose to Add an Interaction and On Click, I want to return back to the MainView state. I'll click OK to apply that. So let's go back here to the MainView page and let's see how this looks now and how this works in my web browser. I'll press Ctrl+Enter or Command+ Return on a Mac to run this project in my browser, so I can see how it works. I can click on this button and notice now I'm taken to the Growing page. If I want to return back to the main page, I can click on this button down here, to return me back to the main MapView page.

Likewise, any of the other buttons here, for example this one, this one, this one, and this one, take me to their respective pages. The project that I've created is functional. It works but notice that when you click on different pages it just instantly snaps to the next page. There is no Smooth Transition. The elements don't slide or move gracefully as they move from one page to the next. In order to make that happen, we're going to use the Smooth Transitions feature inside of Flash Catalyst.

So let's go back now to Flash Catalyst, and we're going to take a look now at our Timelines panel. Remember the Timelines panel shows you one interaction at a time. So I'm going to select the first one here: MainView to Growing. This is what happens when I click on that first button and I move from the MainView page to the Growing page. Basically, the page itself says the same. The map and the buttons all appear in the background. However, on the Growing page two things appear. First of all, I have a layer called Screen which contains that black background.

And I have a layer called Growing which contains the image and the text for that page. However, if you look at the middle part of my timeline, you'll see that Flash Catalyst automatically fades in both of those elements. Since these elements do not appear at all on the MainView page, they fade in as the Growing page loads. However, the Fade In happens instantly. That's because there's no duration here. See how it says 0 seconds. This means it's almost like a light switch. It's off and then suddenly you flick it and it's on.

If I want those elements to fade in gracefully, I would want to add some kind of duration. I want it to take a certain amount of time to go from zero appearance to full appearance. So what I can do is simply come down to bottom of the Timelines panel and click on this button called Smooth Transition. By clicking on it, you can see now that Flash Catalyst automatically added a duration to that Fade In effect. Right now in the MainView page, I don't see the Growing or the Screen layers at all but as I go from the MainView page to the Growing page, these two elements will take a half of a second to Fade In.

I can preview this right here on my artboard by clicking on the Play button, and notice now that instead of simply appearing, the elements themselves slowly fade in. If I would like this Fade effect to happen a little bit more slowly, I can just come here to the Timelines panel, click on this one Fade In effect and click and drag on the end to extend the duration. Notice now I'm extending it so that now it takes a full second for that to appear. If I Play this now, you can see how it fades in that much more slowly. Now it's important to realize that I've specified this Smooth Transition only for this one transition from the MainView page to the Growing page.

If I want this same effect to happen now, when I go from the MainView page to the Picking page, in other words, when someone clicks on that second button, I would need to select that now in the timeline and add the Smooth Transition here as well. If I know I wanted to take one second, I don't have to manually drag those sliders. I can click on this little pop-up over here, next to the Smooth Transition button and change the Duration here to 1 second. Now when I click OK, I get the full one second transition. I'd now have to add those for the remaining buttons from MainView to Extracting.

Click on the Smooth Transition button. Come down to the MainView > Bottling and the MainView > Tasting transition as well. Unfortunately, there is no way to select multiple transitions and apply this one setting to them all. You have to actually go through each of the transitions individually. Now I may want to specify Smooth Transitions in the reverse as well, meaning what happens when I'm in one of these other pages, for example from Growing, and I want to go back now to the MainView page? Well, I'd want that to be smooth as well.

So once again, I'm going to select the Growing to MainView transition and turn on Smooth Transition for there as well. In fact, I'd probably want to do it for all these transitions here. So I'll start over here, I just simply click on them and choose to add the Smooth Transitions. Knowing that you might do this often, you can see that if I choose a Transition here in my Timelines, for example going from Growing to Bottling, I can go to the Timelines panel and choose Smooth Transition here as a menu item. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Alt+ T or Command+Option+T on the Mac.

That means I can simply come down here and click on something and use the keyboard shortcut to apply that Smooth Transition. So I'll quickly add them here as well by using the keyboard shortcut command. So I've added them here just for the first few pages. Let's see how that actually works now inside of the web browser. So I'll choose File > Run Project. Notice that now when I click on this first button, the Growing page fades in. The same thing happens when I close this page.

It fades back to the Map page and if I click on the second button here, the Picking page fades in and when I switch to the Growing page, that transitions nicely as well. So all we've done here is we've used this feature called Smooth Transition in Flash Catalyst to make this happen. What's really happening is that instead of moving from one state to the next, I've simply added the concept of time, a duration and Flash Catalyst automatically figured out what to fade in and what to fade out. However, there are many other effects besides fading that you can apply in your projects.

We'll start to explore those in the next movie.

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Q: In Flash Catalyst, is it possible to control two sound sources being played at the same time? For example, the main audio will take priority, and the secondary audio will only be played at 20% (or any user defined percentage) of the main audio?
A: In the 1.0 version of Flash Catalyst, this is not possible.
 
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