Archive for September, 2009

September 29, 2009

MAX: Summary of Fireworks sessions, labs and gatherings

MAX 2009 is just around the corner, so I wanted to give you an update to list all of the opportunities to find Fireworks at MAX. I hope you’ll look us up and introduce yourself, and meet some of the members of the Fireworks community.
If you are still thinking about whether to attend MAX, there is still time to sign up. It’s going to be a very exciting event you don’t want to miss!
Meet the Teams sessions on Monday evening from 8:00-10:00pm. Meet several people from the Adobe Fireworks and Dreamweaver product teams. Room 503.
Fireworks Birds of a Feather on Wednesday afternoon during lunch. This will be hosted by Bruce Bowman and Rick Jones from Adobe, and Christian Robertson, Visual Design Director from PUNCHCUT  //
From Sketch to Click-Through HTML Prototype with Fireworks
Presenter: David Hogue, twitter: @DaveHogue
Learn a straightforward process for developing prototypes. Starting with a whiteboard sketch, learn how Fireworks can take a design from concept to wireframe. Then create a functional, click-through prototype from the wireframes to simulate the online experience.
How to Visually Design and Prototype Websites (Bring Your Own Laptop Lab)
Presenter: David Hogue, twitter: @DaveHogue
Learn how to plan a web page structure and think deliberately about the design and layout of the content. This lab will teach you how to use Fireworks to plan, organize, and visually design web pages that can be exported as CSS and HTML for your developer. You’ll be able to define the design of your site in much more detail, and the fidelity of your work will be maintained once you hand it off to your developer.
Efficient Web Design Using Adobe Fireworks
Presenter: Jim Babbage, twitter: @JimBabbage
Learn the techniques employed by advanced Fireworks users to quickly design and mock up web pages or complete websites. This hands-on lab is presented by Jim Babbage, author of “Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques” and “Adobe Fireworks CS4 Classroom in a Book.”

Repurpose Assets to Mock Up a Standards-Based Website with Fireworks

Presenter: Jim Babbage, twitter: @JimBabbage
Learn to leverage existing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator assets in Fireworks to mock up web pages or complete websites. Optimize images for the web and export a design as CSS. This session is for print designers who want to take their design skills to the web.
Design for More Media with Creative Suite 4 Design Premium
Presenter: Patti Sokol
Learn how to prepare content for a wide variety of media — print, web, interactive, and mobile — using Creative Suite 4 Design Premium. Polish your Illustrator CS4 and Photoshop CS4 skills with practical techniques that will save time and enhance your creative work. Discover tips for designing professional pages more efficiently in InDesign CS4; working in Fireworks CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, and Flash CS4 Professional; and incorporating Acrobat 9 Pro. Learn how to move content across media more efficiently. Requires a working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Familiarity with Dreamweaver and Flash a plus.

Creating Rich Media Websites with Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium

Presenter: Chris Converse
Expand your web design skills with Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium. Learn valuable techniques for preparing web graphics in Photoshop and Illustrator, prototyping websites in Fireworks, and building standards-based dynamic websites in Dreamweaver using Spry. Enhance video with Photoshop Extended, design and heal audio with Soundbooth, and animate Illustrator assets with Flash Professional. Learn to add sound and video to your Flash projects, and test content for mobile devices with Adobe Device Central. By the end of this session, you’ll know dozens of usable, practical techniques.
We’re going to be using some twitter hashtags for MAX. For anything general purpose about MAX, use #adobemax. For Fireworks at MAX, use #maxfw. For general tweeting on Fireworks, ‘#Fireworks CS4’ is the hashtag that is in popular use.
I hope to see you at MAX!
Bruce Bowman
Fireworks product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

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September 9, 2009

A brand new Adobe TV – launching today

We’ve launched a brand new Adobe TV website today which has been built with some of our newest technologies, including our Adobe Open Source Media Framework (aka Strobe), and ColdFusion 9.

    The site has a brand-new look & feel, and many new features including:

  • User-customizable homepage
  • Vastly improved navigation & search
  • Save your favorite episodes to “My Library”
  • Share videos on social networking sites such as Facebook, Digg, and StumbleUpon
  • Subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite shows
  • Pop-out video player to view videos at any size
  • Commenting & Rating
  • Tags

Check it out at and be sure to watch some of the excellent Fireworks content that we’ve created for you.

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