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Flash Catalyst is the newest addition to the Flash product line. It enables you to quickly add functionality to prototype applications. In this movie, we will take a look at some integration that you can create between Flash and Flash Catalyst. I have a FLA file here with some artwork on the stage. I am going to send this to Flash Catalyst and create a button that will be a link to a Web site. So to do that, I am going to choose File > Export > Export Image, and I will export this file as FXG.
So I will call this button.fxg and then click Save. Then I will tab over to Flash Catalyst. In Flash Catalyst, I will choose to create a new project from an FXG file. I will choose the button.fxg file that I just created, and Flash Catalyst will create a project from that file. I am going to select the artwork on the stage and then choose Convert Artwork to Component button. Now, we will turn this artwork into a button. And of course, if I wanted to, I can modify the different states of the button here.
For this example, I'm just going to add some quick interactivity. I am going to the Interactions panel and then click the Add Interaction button to add a link to a URL. So I will choose On Click > Go To URL. Then I will type the URL. It's going to be http:// www.explorecalifornia.org. So I'll type that in, and I'll click OK. And the interactivity is added. So if I test the application in my Web Browser, I can click on the button and be redirected to the Web site.
So I will click the button and the Explore California Web site shows up. So to use Flash and Flash Catalyst together, I can create my artwork in Flash and then when it's ready to create a prototype, I can send that over to Flash Catalyst as an FXG file, and I can add the interactivity there.
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