Flash Catalyst simplifies RIA design – download available

Adobe is planning to tackle the complexities of developing rich internet applications in the next version of is Flash platform, which is available as...

Adobe is planning to tackle the complexities of developing rich internet applications in the next version of is Flash platform, which is available as a beta version from the company's Labs site.

The software separates the tasks of designing user interfaces from programming, allowing designers to draw user interfaces in Photoshop. These can then be imported into a new graphical form design tool called Flash Catalyst, which creates XML code for the user interface.

Andrew Shorten, platform evangelist at Adobe, said, "Now designers can create user interfaces and developers produce the code to support the user interface."

He said Flash Catalyst enables designers to prototype the user interface of Flash applications and test them using sample data. Once the designer has finished, a Flash programmer takes over the project, creating the connections to databases and web services needed to build a functional application.

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