What’s New in Flash Catalyst CS5.5
Following is a list of new features for Flash Catalyst
Designer-developer workflows between Flash Catalyst CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5
With Flash Catalyst CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5, a true
collaborative designer-developer workflows are now possible. Designers
and developers can pass FXP and FXPL files back and forth as needed
between Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder.
See Workflows between Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder.
Resizable applications and components
Designing applications for a variety of screen sizes is
a huge challenge that designers face. Flash Catalyst CS5.5 allows
designers to define constraints that control how applications and
components adjust when they appear on screens with different sizes
See Resizing Applications and Components.
New components and common library panel
Components allow designers to quickly design functional,
interactive wireframes, which can later be skinned or modified by
a developer. Flash Catalyst CS5.5 includes new components in a new
common library panel.
See Common library.
Ability to edit the appearance of developer-defined components
Designers can now efficiently craft the visual appearance
for developer-built custom components without the need to understand
their underlying code or logic.
See Custom skinnable components.
More intuitive component naming
When you convert artwork to a component, or when you double-click
a wireframe component in order to skin it, that component is added
tothe library panel. In Flash Catalyst CS5, these components were
named automatically (i.e., Button1, Button2, etc.). In Flash Catalyst
CS5.5, anytime you convert artwork to a component or you attempt
to skin a wireframe component, a dialog appears, asking you to name
the component. In this way, the components that appear in your library
are organized and named, making it easier to work with the project.
See Naming components.
Replacing objects on the artboard
Flash Catalyst CS5.5 makes it even easier to mock up functional
wireframes by enabling you to easily replace objects on the artboard.
See Replacing repeated artwork.
Enhanced alignment options
Flash Catalyst CS5.5 features a new Align panel, similar
to that found in other Adobe design applications such as Illustrator.
See Aligning graphics.
Transition timeline improvements
Flash Catalyst CS5.5 includes a newly enhanced Timeline
panel that includes a new scrollbar to make it easier to navigate
Flash Catalyst CS5.5 provides you with more powerful interaction
possibilities, including the ability to trigger interactions with
double click and the ability to target any component within the
See Create navigation and behavior with interactions.
Working with data lists defined by a developer
Flash Catalyst CS5 introduced the Design Time Data panel,
allowing designers to create mock data sets to simulate a connection
to a data source. A developer could then open the file in Flash
Builder 4 and replace the mock data with a connection to a live
With Flash Catalyst CS5.5, a designer can now take the file back
from the developer, keeping the data connection in the Data List
component intact, and alter the component’s visual appearance within
Catalyst. Running the project from Flash Catalyst will display the
real, live data within the Data List component.
See Overview of data lists.