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Defining Resize transitions

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Video: Defining Resize transitions

When working with projects in Flash Catalyst it can be easy to get caught up with defining multiple pages and then defining Interactions and transitions to occur between those pages. However, don't forget that every component that you have in Flash Catalyst is usually made up of multiple states. You can also define transitions to occur when you transition from one state to the next. For example, let's take a look at some of these buttons that we're using here for navigation. Now at the moment, they're just several pieces of artwork that have been defined as a Button component.

Defining Resize transitions

When working with projects in Flash Catalyst it can be easy to get caught up with defining multiple pages and then defining Interactions and transitions to occur between those pages. However, don't forget that every component that you have in Flash Catalyst is usually made up of multiple states. You can also define transitions to occur when you transition from one state to the next. For example, let's take a look at some of these buttons that we're using here for navigation. Now at the moment, they're just several pieces of artwork that have been defined as a Button component.

However, we'd like to define some rollovers to occur when people move their mouse over this Button. So, let's first start by defining the actual states for this button. I'm going to double-click here on the artboard on the button to bring us into Isolation mode for this button. Notice now that my project olive_tour_ buttons is right here and I'm currently in the GrowingButton component within that project. Remember that these breadcrumbs here, as they're called, will always let me know exactly where I am in my project. I'd like the Up state to appear like this, but now I'm going to click on the Over state.

In the Layers panel I'll reveal all of the objects inside of the Growing Layer and I'll turn off the Monochromatic version of that art and I'll instead display the Color version of it. I'll also choose to view the Growing text that appears next to it; this identifies which step in the process this Button represents. By the way here for the Down state I want to make sure that the Monochromatic version is turned Off and the Color version is On, but I don't really need to see the text here. Now, let's go back over here to where it says Over. Right now there is this little white tab that identifies what number or what step this is in the olive oil manufacturing process.

But maybe I'd like that little tab to actually grow to include the word Growing as well, when I'm in the Over state. So, I'll select it by clicking over here on the tab setting inside of the Layers panel and I'll just use my regular Selection tool to resize it here. Now, let's take a look at the Timeline. Remember that before we've always been seeing pages displayed inside of the Timeline, but now since I'm inside of a component, I'm viewing the different states of that component. For example, there's a transition that specifies what happens when I move from the Up state to the Over state in this Button.

Let's click on it to view those settings right now. So, you can see that Flash Catalyst has already started to put certain things in motion for me. When I move from the Up state to the Over state, the Monochromatic Group fades out, so that it's not visible on the Over state. The Color version of that artwork, which is not visible in the Up state but is visible on the Over state, fades in. Likewise the text fades in as well and the Tab, that's the little white rectangle that I have, does appear in both of those states, both the Up state and the Over state.

However in this case though, it resizes itself to match a new size in the Over state. I can preview that by clicking on the Play button right here, however you'll notice that it just snaps from one state to the next. Remember how we created Smooth Transitions between pages. Well, we can do the same here between states. For example, I'm going to click on Smooth Transition, now notice what happens when I preview it. You can see that button now slides open. That's because Flash Catalyst defined an action to Resize that artwork as it appears over time.

Now, when I remove my mouse from on top of the button, I don't want the Over state to simply snap back to the Up state, I'd like it to transition smoothly as well, so I'll click on the Over to Up transition that appears here in the Timeline, and I'll choose a Smooth Transition for that as well. That means that when I move my mouse off of the artwork and I'll play this to preview it, I can see that the tab actually reduces back to its original size. So, all I had to do was take a single object and change its size across two different states. By using the Smooth Transition option, I've created a Button that appears to grow and shrink as I interact with it.

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

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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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