Archive for April, 2007

Extensions to manage Color Palettes across team environments on a per project basis

Have you ever worked on a project and kept asking others for a current color palette to import and stay consistent with everyone else? Well, if you have expreienced this pain point there are two simple extensions for Dreamweaver and Fireworks that Developers in the trenches created to enhance their existing workflow. While they are not bug free and as robust as they could be, its interesting to see how team members utilize the extensibility layer in Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Flash (and now Photoshop via John Nack) to improve their workflow without expecting us (Adobe) to resolve the workflow issue in the next version.

Remote Color Swatch Extension for Fireworks:
http://www.robertgoerke.com/colorpanel.html

Color Palette Extension for Dreamweaver:
http://bnewtz.cannet.com/wp/

Now, whats in the back of my mind lately is how to effectively build a robust panel that can span across multiple apps in the suite to help developers manage colors on a per project basis. For now, I like to think about Fireworks cause its easier to solve our own worflows and its my favorite app out of the suite, but spanning a remote color swatch panel across teams that use various apps to get the job done could be very rewarding and increase overall team productivity, no? How do you manage working with various Color Palettes in a team environment?

Introducing Adobe Fireworks CS3

Here’s an article I busted out to highlight some of the main features in Adobe Fireworks CS3:

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/introducing_fireworks_cs3.html

CS3 Launch Event – Recorded

I’m still getting asked where to find the CS3 Launch Event recording. Here’s the link for the folks that are not aware:

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/launchevent/webcast/