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Defining Move transitions

From: Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

Video: Defining Move transitions

So we know that with Flash Catalyst, we can use something called the Smooth Transition to have elements fade in gracefully inside of our application. In this case here, I have a transition that goes from MainView to Growing. That's from this page to this page. I haven't set a smooth transition for this Interaction. So I can click on the Play button here inside of the Timelines panel to see that those elements instantly appear. However, just having the elements fade in itself, don't quite do it for me here. I'd like to do something little bit more different.

Defining Move transitions

So we know that with Flash Catalyst, we can use something called the Smooth Transition to have elements fade in gracefully inside of our application. In this case here, I have a transition that goes from MainView to Growing. That's from this page to this page. I haven't set a smooth transition for this Interaction. So I can click on the Play button here inside of the Timelines panel to see that those elements instantly appear. However, just having the elements fade in itself, don't quite do it for me here. I'd like to do something little bit more different.

For example, maybe I want that dark background panel to slide into position. So let's see how I might to do that. First of all, we know that inside of Flash Catalyst in order for me to create any type of movement, I need to have a start and an end point. Right now on the Growing page, this black panel is just sitting here. So when I add a Smooth Transition that element simply appears in place. So what I'll need to do is change the position of this rectangle in the start point of my transition.That's going to be on the MainView page.

So by going back to the MainView page, I'm now going to go over here to the Layers panel and reveal the elements in the Panels folder. I'll scroll down and remember that we created that rectangle inside over here at the Screen folder. I'm going to turn on that Screen layer. I don't need to see the button, so I'm going to leave the button turned off, but now this Rectangle is visible both in the MainView page and also the Growing page. Let's go back to the MainView page, and now I'm going to change the position of this rectangle. That way it'll start in one position but end up in a completely different position on the Growing page.

I can either use my Selection tool here to click it and then drag it down. I'm going to hold down the Shift key as I do this, so it's constrained directly downwards. Or since I know that my application right now is exactly 400 pixels deep, I can just come here to my Properties panel, highlight the value for the Y coordinate and change it to 400. When I hit Enter, the rectangle will now be positioned directly beneath right outside the artboard. Notice by the way, what just happened here inside the Timelines panel. For this interaction MainView to Growing, I can see that the rectangle appears both in the MainView page and in the Growing page.

However, they appear in different positions between those two pages. So Flash Catalyst automatically specified a Move Transition. In other words, when I move from the MainView page to the Growing page, both the Growing (Layer) and the Close_Button layer, which are not visible right here in the MainView page, will both Fade In. The Rectangle though, which is visible in both of these states, will actually move into position. However, since I haven't specified any duration or since I haven't created a smooth transition, both of these things happen instantly.

So if I click on the Play button here to preview this, I can see that it simply goes from one state to the next. However, now I'm going to click on the Smooth Transition button. By adding a one second Duration to each of these affects, both the Fade Ins and the Move, now when I play this back, I'll see that bar actually slides into place and my elements appear. Let's preview this in our web browser to see how it looks. I'm going to choose Run Project here from the File menu, and in my web browser, I can now see that if I click on this first button, the actual black rectangle slides in from the bottom and the elements now fade into place.

So when working with Flash Catalyst, we can go way beyond just the usual fades. Making things move is really easy.

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

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Mordy Golding
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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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