I was catching up on prototyping tools this week when I was introduced to Adobe's gave new RIA-Builder, Thermo. The demo showed how to take a Photoshop or Fireworks-generated screenshot and transform it into an interactive Flex UI that can be edited in FlexBuilder. This new tool is aimed at designers and will be out in 2008.
There is no official page up, but there is a single page detailing Thermo on the Adobe Labs Wiki. They provide the following details:
- Use drawing tools to create original graphics, wireframe an application design, or manipulate artwork imported from Adobe Creative Suite tools.
- Turn artwork from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks directly into functional components that use the original artwork as a “skin”.
- Define and wire up interactive behavior, such as what to do when a user clicks on something, without having to write code.
- Easily design UIs that work with dynamic data, such as a list of contacts or product information, without having access to the actual data source. Design-time sample data can be used as a realistic placeholder when laying out an application, testing interactivity, and choreographing motion.
- Applications created in Thermo are Flex applications that can be loaded directly into Flex Builder, providing a great workflow for designers collaborating with developers. The designer's work can be incorporated directly into the production application with no loss of fidelity, and designers can continue to refine the design throughout the iterative development process.
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