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Defining Rotate 3D transitions


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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Defining Rotate 3D transitions

Adding 3D Rotation Effects is really easy inside of Flash Catalyst. Let's take a look at how we might apply it to some transitions for our buttons. In this example, I'm going to select the second button here and I'll double-click on it to enter Isolation Mode. Next I'll click on the Over State, and using the Layers panel, I'll turn off the Monochromatic Layer but turn on Color and Picking. In the Timelines panel for the Up > Over transition, I'll go ahead now and choose Smooth Transition. So when I preview this, I can see that it simply Fades from the Monochromatic version to the Color version of that art, and the word Picking appears.
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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

Defining Rotate 3D transitions

Adding 3D Rotation Effects is really easy inside of Flash Catalyst. Let's take a look at how we might apply it to some transitions for our buttons. In this example, I'm going to select the second button here and I'll double-click on it to enter Isolation Mode. Next I'll click on the Over State, and using the Layers panel, I'll turn off the Monochromatic Layer but turn on Color and Picking. In the Timelines panel for the Up > Over transition, I'll go ahead now and choose Smooth Transition. So when I preview this, I can see that it simply Fades from the Monochromatic version to the Color version of that art, and the word Picking appears.

We want to add some kind of 3-D Effect, so I'm going to highlight just the color version of the logo here in the Layers panel, this way it's selected. Then from the Add Action button at the bottom of the Timelines panel, I am going to choose Rotate 3D. I'll extend the duration here to a full second to match the other actions and if I click on the Preview button, you can see what happens when I transition from one state to the next. It rotates in 3D. Now notice how it rotates. It rotates around that axis that appears straight down the middle. The reason why it does that is because inside of the Properties panel for the Rotate 3D Effect, which is currently selected in the Timelines panel, I can see that it's set to Angle around the center axis from 0 to 360 degrees.

But we can of course apply different types of rotations as well. For example, I'm going to click on the Text object right here. Since I'm using the Selection tool the entire group now just became selected, so I'll click on Picking here in the Layers panel to select just the element that I want. Next, I'll add an additional Rotate 3D Effect. Once again, I'll extend it out to a full second, but this time I'm going to set this rotation to 0. But in the first value here, I want the text to flip from top to bottom. So I'm going to specify 360 degrees right here.

I'll press Enter to accept the value and I'll press the Play button here to preview it. Notice now that the color artwork rotates in 3-D in one direction, but the text rotates in 3D in a different direction. I'll return back to the Timelines panel, because I want to show you one other element here that really applies to all kinds of transitions inside of Flash Catalyst. I'll highlight the 3D effect that we added for the color group, which is right here, and if I scroll down further inside of the Properties panel, I'll see there's a setting here for Easing. Easing is a setting that professionals usually use to control every aspect of an animation.

More specifically it controls the individual nuances within the duration of the animation. For example, in this case I have a Rotate 3D Effect that takes exactly 1 second to perform. However, using the Easing settings, I might have that Rotate effect start off really slow in the beginning of that duration, but then speed up closer towards the end. Controlling the Easing in Flash Catalyst is very easy, because all you need to do is click on this Pop-up menu and choose from a variety of options. For example, I'm going to choose Bounce here and then I'll preview this, so I can see what it looks like.

The animation itself almost seems to bounce as it get towards the end. I can choose another option here called Linear and if I preview it here it may seem pretty normal when go ahead and I apply it. But if I go lower down now in the Properties panel, I'll see that I have Ease in and Ease out settings. I can actually control these by clicking on these little dots here and moving them around. In this case, I can really easily control exactly how this Rotate 3D Effect is applied. So between the Smooth Transition capabilities, between adding specific actions, for things like Rotate, Rotate 3D and even Fading In and Out, and the ability to control Easing inside of your transitions, you can get incredible professional results out of Flash Catalyst.

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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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