Adobe Flash Catalyst, a new designer-developer collaboration tool, is designed to bridge the gap between design and development by helping designers create interactive designs using the Adobe Creative Suite tools they already know.
By Michael Pastore
Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) require a level of collaboration between designers and developers that didn’t exist in most organizations before enterprise software was Web-based. With enterprise applications moving toward rich media and graphical user interfaces, a new breed of designers, called interactive designers, is emerging.
Interactive designers want to take ownership of the user-interaction experience, said Doug Winnie, Principal Product Manager at Adobe. But interactive design requires that designers know more about coding, and many designers are struggling with the transition. There’s a lack of easy-to-use tools that help designers create interactive interfaces without getting too involved in coding. Adobe Flash Professional, for example, requires at least some knowledge of ActionScript.