It looks like Ted posted Mark’s session on Flash Catalyst at FITC. There is some new info there and he goes into a lot more detail than Kevin did in his Web 2.0 demo of Catalyst because he has the whole hour. It’s a great look at how the product is coming along. Enjoy!Tweet
At Web 2.0 Expo we had some great news about Facebook and the Flash Platform but we also got some face time for Flash Catalyst. Kevin Lynch demoed Flash Catalyst at one of the keynotes. The buzz of the demo has been really fantastic and it was fun watching the tweets go by as he was doing the demo. They’ve uploaded the demo to blip.tv so you can check it out.
For more video goodness from Web 2.0 you can check out Beet.tv’s interview with Adrian Ludwig on the partnership with Facebook.
Another episode of Tech Talk with Ryan Stewart has been posted up on AdobeTV. This one covers Flash Catalyst and we sit down with Adam Cath on the Catalyst engineering team to talk about some of the behind the scenes work on Flash Catalyst. Adam is one of my favorite guys on the engineering team and the interview was a lot of fun. I also go through a bit of a demo at the end but if you’ve seen some of the other Flash Catalyst demos there isn’t much new. We did this right after MAX so I tried to use some MAX-themed assets.
If you want to hear about Catalyst from the horse’s mouth and you’re in the bay area then you should swing by the Bay Area Application Developers Adobe User Group. Peter Flynn, an engineer on the Catalyst team, is going to talk about Catalyst and he’ll be joined by the venerable Deepa Subramaniam talking about Gumbo. Plus she’s giving away a copy of her book, so there are free goodies!Tweet
Update: Hey all, I had to postpone this by a bit, so I apologize. I’ll have more info on when I’m doing the first one soon.
I’m looking for ways to reduce my travel a bit while still having a positive impact on the community and getting the word about what Adobe is doing out to folks. As I was talking about this with Doug, he suggested the idea of doing an online meeting every couple of weeks, which I thought was a great idea. So I’m announcing the “Semi-Monthly Expedition”, which will be a recurring online session that happens every couple of weeks. I’m tentatively planning to do the second and third Wednesdays of every month, but we’ll see how it goes and if it makes sense to keep it consistent.
So what is it? Basically I’m going to hold an online meeting using Connect on a specific topic. The presentation itself will only be about 30 minutes long but I’ll hang out for the rest of the 30 minutes to answer questions. I want to keep it short because I’ll also be recording the session for anyone who wants the info but can’t attend for whatever reason. Topics will cover basically anything at Adobe.
The first session is going to be a Flash Catalyst Sneak in which I’ll spend 30 minutes talking about some of the changes since the MAX preview build as a sneak to what you can expect in the public beta. Here are the details:
Hopefully it will be a good, fun way to share some info and let people ask questions directly. I’ll also be posting all of the code, presentation slides and demos for people so they can take and use or explore at will. Some of the things I want to cover in other sessions:
- Using Adobe Stratus
- Creating custom components in Flex 4
- Building real time applications with Adobe Flash Collaboration Services
- A detailed look at AMF
- Collaborative applications with PHP and the Flash Platform
- Introduction to Flash Media Server 3.5 for developers
- The layout model in Flex 4
- Building mobile applications with the Flash Platform
- Flash CS4 for Flex Developers
- Using .NET with your Flex applications
- Advanced Adobe AIR techniques
- Flex and Visual Studio
- Dreamweaver CS4 for developers
- Building better RIAs with ColdFusion
- The Sprout project: Ruby and the Flash Platform
- LiveCycle ES and the Flash Platform
A bunch of ideas and hopefully I can get to them. We’ll see how the first one goes.Tweet
I just uploaded the Flash Catalyst slides from my presentation last night to the San Flashcisco user group. You should be able to download them from that link. It was a very, very fun event, and I got a lot of questions – some easy, some a lot harder. I hope I answered all of them to some level of satisfaction and everyone had fun. I’m still embarrassed I can’t always remember how to make a motion tween in Flash. I need to spend more time with Lee.
I didn’t actually get to many of these slides because I dove into the demo and answered questions, so if you were there, they probably won’t look very familiar. Hopefully they provide some extra info/context to the demo.
Thanks to everyone who came out!Tweet
In this tutorial we’re going to go through the steps to create a microsite for my fake mountaineering guide service. It will take you through most of the things you can do with the Flash Catalyst MAX Release. To start, you’ll need to have Flash Catalyst installed, Photoshop CS4 installed, and you’ll need to download the PSD file here. This tutorial is also available, with some minor changes, as a screencast (thanks to the screencast godfather, Lee Brimelow).Tweet
I’m going to be down in San Francisco on the 15th to present Flash Catalyst to the San Flashcisco user group. If you’re interested in checking out Flash Catalyst and asking questions, stop by. I’ll also have MAX DVDs for those of you that weren’t able to make MAX but still want to jump in. If you’re interested, please RSVP. Chris Tower from current.com will also be there, so it’s going to be a great meeting.
When: 6:00 PM, January 15th
Where: SFSU Downtown Campus,
835 Market Street,
6th Floor, Room: 627
See you there!Tweet
I did two main things over the break: learned C# and played with Flash Catalyst. For the first, I highly suggest Head First C# – great, great book. With the MAX announcements I got excited about the Flex and C# worlds coming together so I’m looking to pump out some data services examples with the new .NET stuff. But I also wanted to make the most out of Flash Catalyst and since it’s an early build, I noticed that as the content I created got more complex, Flash Catalyst slowed down. So I asked Cory West, the engineering manager for some performance tips when using Flash Catalyst. A couple of these are pretty obvious, but if you’re running into issues, it’s good to keep these in mind:
- Turn off “auto effects” for all your transitions. This is a two-step process for an existing document: 1) from the “Timelines” menu, make sure “Auto Effects for New Transitions” is UNCHECKED, and 2) make sure auto effect generation is off for all existing transitions (this is the weird toggle button on each transition that looks like an alien radiator)
- Minimize the number of states in your document.
- Minimize the number of objects you create.
- Avoid using VERY large bitmap images unless you have a TON of RAM.
I’ve also got an in-depth walkthrough/tutorial that I’ll be posting here in text form and screencast form that should help cover most of the features in the MAX release.Tweet
Julie just posted a video of NJ and I doing the Flash Catalyst demo from the MAX Keynote. If you didn’t see the keynote or want to get a better idea of what Flash Catalyst will do for you, it provides a great demo of the features and a closeup of how everything works. I think it turned out really well, and yes, I know I need to shave.
I’ve got a bunch of cool stuff from MAX Milan to post this week, so stay tuned.Tweet