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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.
One of the coolest things about working with Flash Catalyst is that as you design and create components inside of the application, Flash Catalyst converts everything to code in the background. In this way, I can hand my files off directly to a developer who can open up this file, the very project that I'm working on right now, directly inside a Flash Builder. I can view this code at any time by changing to the Code workspace. At the top-right of my screen, you can see it's says Design; that means I'm currently in the Design workspace. But I'm going to switch now to the Code workspace and I can view everything that's been happening behind the scenes as I've worked on this project.
In fact if I look at the Project Navigator, I can click on this triangle to reveal all the files that are actually generated inside of this project. For example if I go to Source, I can actually see a list of all the components that I've created here inside of my project. Now you can't actually edit any of the code here inside of Flash Catalyst. However, what you can do is click-and-drag to select text and you can then copy and paste it. I might even do this if a developer is asking for just one specific part of my project and by simply copying and pasting some of the code, they may get everything they need.
In fact, developers themselves may benefit the most from this Code view. If you're a developer and you're not familiar with how to write FLEX code, or if you're not familiar with MXML, you can create something inside of Flash Catalyst and then jump to the Code view to see how that was developed inside of Code. In this way, you can reverse engineer to learn how things work. In either case whether you're a designer or a developer, you can rest assured knowing that Flash Catalyst is taking care of all this behind the scenes for you.
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