I’ve been following the development of Flash Catalyst, formerly known as Thermo, ever since it was announced and I was really happy when Adobe finally released Flash Catalyst beta 1 earlier this month. I played with it a little and I am really excited by what this tool will become.
To give Catalyst a try, I decided to write a very simple application to search for photos on Flickr. After 10 minutes in Photoshop, 15 minutes in Catalyst and 15 minutes in Flash Builder 4 I had a working application and I had written only a dozen lines of code.
Despite its qualities, Flash Catalyst has a long way to go. I know this is only the first beta of a 1.0 product but here is a short list of what limitations I encountered after writing a few simple applications:
The Photoshop integration is the only real issue I have with Catalyst. You can apparently use Illustrator or Fireworks but these are tools I’m not very familiar with. This also means getting new licenses because only CS4 is supported (too bad for my CS3 copy of Illustrator.)
I can’t wait to see what Flash Catalyst 1.0 will end up becoming and what Adobe has in store for the future releases.