Posts in Category "Fireworks"

Announcing Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 was announced yesterday. To get an idea of what improvements and new features you can expect from Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash Professional, refer to the following articles:

Introducing Dreamweaver CS5
: CSS, CMS support, Site Setup, BrowserLab integration, and more
Introducing Fireworks CS5: Stability, performance, and workflow and extensibility improvements
Introducing Flash Professional CS5: New text engine, XML-based FLAs, video improvements, streamlined IDE, mobile development, and more

Get a load of new Fireworks CS4 material

Adobe Creative Suite 4 shipped today, and along with it the Adobe Developer Connection posted a lot of new and updated content to help people understand what’s in CS4, how it works, and why it’s important to know about.

Check out the Fireworks Developer Center to see what’s new about this “ultimate tool for creating and manipulating graphics for the web,” as product manager Rick Jones puts it. Here he shows off PDF export, Fireworks type handling, and CSS export:

Included among our new Fireworks offering are:

Also be sure to watch our detailed videos of David Hogue, director of information design and usability at Fluid, showing you how Fireworks plays an indispensable role in the information and interaction design process. It’s all in the Fireworks Developer Center.

Creating Web 2.0 elements in Fireworks

Web 2.0 loosely describes the next wave of design and development on the web. You know the look, but how do you create it? M. Hammad Bhatti showed us some pretty cool glossy buttons he’d created in Fireworks using simple layered effects, so we asked him to write about how he did it.

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Hammad is my first author from Pakistan, and I think he did a great job. Our in-house Fireworks developer relations guy, Alan Musselman, tells me he’s really happy Hammad did this sample for us. Check it out, along with our other Fireworks samples.

Creating an icon in Fireworks

Vane Kosturanov and Vanco Stojkov pack a one-two punch as DryIcons: one is a developer, the other a designer (I’m sure their skills overlap). Together they wrote an amazing tutorial that shows you how to create a web icon — one of the basic ingredients of any good website.

Everyone I know who touched this article before posting on the Adobe Developer Connection told me how much fun it was to create the icon. Sarthak Singhal, a QE on the Fireworks engineering team, wrote, “I followed the article step by step and could not believe myself creating a beautiful folder icon. It is simply amazing.” Tommi West, the copyeditor, said, “I loved this article sooo much! I followed along with all of the steps, and I’m very pleased with the folder icon I made.”

Gee, who knows what you’ll think? Me, I’m pretty excited that I got to work with two excellent technical writers from Macedonia. There’s a first time for everything.