Announcing Flash Catalyst CS5.5!

Well, we can stop referring to the next version of Flash Catalyst by it’s code-name of Panini. In fact, it jumped version numbers from 1.0 to 5.5. I am going to be writing a series of blog posts that will cover the new features in this release. So let’s get started.

One of the first things that you will notice when you create a new project in the checkbox to enable creating a resizable application (on by default). I can not tell you how many times, I had to inform someone that their beautifully designed Catalyst project would not resize when in a browser (without a lot of work recoding it using Flash Builder).

Once Flash Catalyst has finished creating your project, take a look in the lower right corner of the artboard. That dark grey widget is the resize handle. While you are designing your application, you can grab this handle as resize the artboard to see how your application will resize itself.

But, what good is a resizable artboard if the elements on it don’t know what to do? well, Flash Catalyst 5.5 has introduced constraint-based components, which I will explore in the next post. Until then!

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