If you aren’t already aware of it, Adobe has just released a public beta version of Flash Catalyst — a brand new application that allows designers to create cool interactive Flash content without having to write a single line of code — on labs.adobe.com. As someone who tried to “get into” Flash, and who was continuously frustrated by having to learn how to write complex ActionScript code, I was drawn to Adobe’s promise that Flash Catalyst would make my life better. It seems to be working – in more ways than I would have imagined.
Good things have been happening to me lately, and the conspiracy theory voice in my head thinks Adobe has something to do with it. Allow me to explain. I’m actually out here at the awesome lynda.com headquarters in Ventura, CA, and I just wrapped up the recording of my latest video training title, Adobe Flash Catalyst Beta Preview.
Of course, for this Long Island native, coming out to Ventura is always a rewarding experience. It’s a great opportunity to spend a few days with the great staff at lynda.com, and to top it all off, there’s a great kosher restaurant and winery nearby. But on this trip, I was upgraded to first class on my flight out here, I am staying at a much nicer hotel, and my hometown favorite New York Mets are in town playing the Los Angeles Dodgers. If that weren’t enough, Adobe actually sent me a build of Flash Catalyst a few days earlier than they had promised, I had a great time coming up with some cool examples to show in the training, and the actual recording sessions were quick and smooth! I can’t wait to watch the completed video title — yes, I do watch my own titles – I’m a perfectionist and take my own criticism quite well.
So do you think Adobe Flash Catalyst has anything to do with my recent good fortune? I’m not sure, but just in case, I’m heading out now to buy a lottery ticket. In the meantime, check out Flash Catalyst for yourself — who knows, maybe it will have the same effect on you!