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April 21, 2010

Fireworks CS5 demos and details

There are some new resources that we want to share that will provide you with more information on Fireworks CS5.
The Fire on the Bay user group meeting was held on April 20 at the Adobe office in San Francisco, and we did a demo of Fireworks CS5. You can now watch the Adobe Connect recording.
An in-depth article on what is new in Fireworks CS5 is live on the Adobe Developer Center.
And Fireworks guru Jim Babbage has his new Fireworks CS5 training videos live on

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April 11, 2010

Announcing Adobe Fireworks CS5

The Fireworks team is very excited to announce Adobe Fireworks CS5 today! This is going to be a great version of Fireworks, with many improvements that will appeal to a broad range of Fireworks users.
We listened to our users, and Fireworks CS5 is packed with features and improvements that you requested. We prioritized quality – stability, performance and polish – above all else for this version, and we made sure it is compatible and runs great on Windows 7 and Apple’s Snow Leopard OSes.
For an in-depth look at Fireworks CS5, see this new Adobe Developer Center article. (goes live on Monday April 12)
We hope you like what you see, and love using this new version!
If you’re interested in pre-ordering CS5, check these links:
Fireworks CS5:
Web Premium CS5:
Master Collection CS5:

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March 14, 2010

Fireworks CS4 Update coming soon

We would like to let you know that we’re working on an Updater for Fireworks CS4. This Updater will fix the Snow Leopard crash on quit bug, as well as other high priority crash and data loss bugs that we’re aware of.
The Updater is expected to be available later in Q2 2010 available now.
[edit: This patch/bug fix release is going to address the crash, data loss and instability bugs that we’re aware of on Mac. The list of known bugs that we’re fixing on Mac are not just for Snow Leopard. I want to set expectations clearly – this release will not be addressing bugs that are not causing crash, data loss or other instability issues.]
If you have bug candidates that you’d like to see fixed, please report them to us using the Feature Request and Bug Report Form. We’re watching the reports closely and will consider your bugs for inclusion in the Updater.
If you haven’t already, please update to the latest version of Fireworks CS4 by using our 10.0.3 Updater. It is available via the Adobe Update Manager and on the Adobe Support site.

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February 22, 2010

Creative Suite Developer Summit: May 3-6, 2010

Are you a developer? Have you ever wanted to learn how to develop plug-ins or extensions for Fireworks or the other Adobe Creative Suite products?
(update: We’ll be covering CS 5 products at this Summit)
If so, you might want to attend the Creative Suite Developer Summit. This event is happening at Adobe in Seattle, WA from May 3rd to the 6th, 2010. The conference is free – but we limit attendance to 200 participants. (You can attend most of the sessions remotely via Connect if you cannot make it to Seattle.)
Registration is now open
Arun Kaza, Fireworks engineer I’ll will be presenting the session on extending Fireworks on Tuesday May 4, 2010 at 2:00pm Pacific Time.
Go to the Creative Suite Developer Summit site for more information, to register or ask questions.
You can follow this event on Twitter using hashtag #csds.

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October 21, 2009

Follow-up on Snow Leopard Compatibility with Fireworks CS4

[edit: We’ve announced that we’re doing a Fireworks CS4 update/bug fix release for Mac OS X to fix all of these issues.]
Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard has been in the market for almost 2 months now, so it is time for a follow-up on our compatibility. The good news is that we haven’t found anything yet that should prevent you from using Fireworks CS4 with Snow Leopard. There are three known issues that we’ll discuss in this post.
First, if you haven’t already, you should update to the latest version of Fireworks CS4 by using our 10.0.3 Updater. It is available via the Adobe Update Manager and on
Crash on Quit issue
There’s only one issue that we’re seeing reported broadly and consistently, and that is that Fireworks CS4 may crash when you select File > Quit or Command-Q. Thanks to crash reports submitted by users, we have an idea of how common this is, and also, what the problem is. This crash only happens on some Snow Leopard installations where Fireworks CS4 is running.
If you are one of the people experiencing this issue, then we want to reassure you that it is not a harmful crash. Our engineers have found the offending code, and determined that all unsaved documents can be safely saved before the code that causes the crash executes.
The code that is causing this crash has been in the product since we first released Fireworks CS3, and did not cause crashes until it was executed on (some, but not all) Snow Leopard installations. It is conceivable that if you’re using Fireworks CS3 on Snow Leopard that you may also experience this crash, although we have not been able to cause that to happen in our tests.
We’ll continue to monitor these crash reports to determine if we can find a workaround, and to understand how common the crash is for our customers [edit: as Snow Leopard continues to proliferate]. At this time, we have no planned update release to fix this since it is harmless and causes no data loss. We regret any inconvenience this causes.
“Fireworks cannot run……” error message on launch
If you are one of the few people that are experiencing this problem, search your system using Spotlight for a file named “Song.dfont”. If you have this font, then temporarily remove it from the “/Library/Fonts/” folder and launch Fireworks CS4. If the problem goes away, then your font may have become corrupted.
Hang when selecting the Text tool
This issue is happening less frequently than the crash on quit issue above, but also seems new and unique to customers using Fireworks CS4 on Snow Leopard. On some Snow Leopard installations, customers may experience a hang (a spinning beachball cursor that goes forever) when selecting the Text tool and manipulating text. Fortunately we have determined that this is caused by a corrupted GlobalResources file, and we have a simple fix for this issue. Follow these steps to resolve the problem:

  • Quit all running applications. A restart is not a bad idea, but may not be necessary.

  • Navigate to “/Applications/Adobe Fireworks CS4/Required/” folder.

  • Rename the file, “GlobalResources” to something like “GlobalResources_original”.

  • Now download a new version of this file and place it in the same location.

  • You should now be able to use Fireworks CS4 without experiencing this problem.

CAUTION: This solution needs to be used ONLY when you are experiencing the beachball cursor hangs when selecting the text tool. The other issue of crash on exit will not be solved by this file replacement technique.
A TechNote about this issue can be found at:
If you are experiencing other problems using Fireworks CS4 on Snow Leopard, please let us know. Be sure to submit any Crash Reports because we look at everyone of these and they’re very valuable in helping us find the issues and to understand how common an issue is. Also, please report your issue using our online Bug and Feature Request form.
Bruce Bowman
Fireworks product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

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October 12, 2009

Text tool might hang with Fireworks CS4 on Snow Leopard

We received some feedback on text tool hanging when used inside Fireworks CS4 version. Any extensions which are manipulating text objects are also reporting such a hang or an error message.

The team has investigated the issue and the resolution steps are mentioned below:

  • Quit all the applications that are running.
  • Navigate to “/Applications/Adobe Fireworks CS4/Required/” folder.
  • Rename the file, “GlobalResources” to something like “GlobalResources_original”.
  • Now copy the file from this link at the same location. (essentially we are replacing the old globalresources file with the one I have attached with this mail above)
  • Launch Fireworks CS4 and select the text tool to type something on canvas.

The file to be replaced is hosted here

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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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August 28, 2009

CS4 compatibility with Snow Leopard

Apple has announced that they will be shipping Snow Leopard, a.k.a. Mac OS X 10.6 beginning today, and we’re getting a lot of questions about whether Adobe products will be compatible. We’ve prepared a FAQ document on this subject, but the short answer for Fireworks CS4 and the other CS4 products is that they’re compatible with Snow Leopard.
For the CS3, CS2, etc users out there that are considering upgrading to Snow Leopard, I advise you to wait a while and see whether other more adventurous folks can confirm compatibility. Adobe’s official stance is that we have not tested older versions of our software on Snow Leopard, and since those older products were not designed for newer operating systems, there may be some significant incompatibilities. We are not planning to create any patches for Fireworks CS3 or earlier versions if incompatibilities with Snow Leopard arise.
Please don’t confuse this stance with support for CS3 in general. Adobe still supports CS3 in the configurations recommended in our CS3 System Requirements.
If you’re a Fireworks CS3 user, and have Snow Leopard, please share your experiences here in the Comments.

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August 25, 2009

Fireworks CS4 at MAX 2009

Fireworks CS4 will be featured in several sessions at MAX this year. Whether you’re already a Fireworks user, or someone who’s just curious about it, come learn from some leading experts how you can be more efficient and get your work done faster using Adobe Fireworks CS4.
update: We’re also 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 is the hashtag that is in popular use.
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.
About Jim Babbage: Jim Babbage has written two books Fireworks CS4: Fireworks CS4 How-To’s and the Fireworks CS4 Classroom in a book. He teaches imaging, Web design, and photography in Toronto at Centennial College’s Centre for Communication, Media, and Design and at Humber College’s Digital Imaging Training Centre. He is also a creative partner/co-owner of NewMedia Services, a communications company. Jim is a frequent contributor of articles on Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and other general web topics to the Community MX Web site and has presented at Adobe MAX as well as several other conferences.
About Chris Converse: Chris Converse is a graphic designer and multimedia developer specializing in web design and development, interactive media, print, motion graphics, and CD-ROMs. Chris is cofounder of Codify Design Studio, which specializes in both graphic design and the technologies that make the design happen across media. Codify standardizes on many Adobe technologies, from developing rich-media PDF files that leverage dynamic Flash applications, to Ajax-based web solutions built on Adobe’s Spry framework.
About David Hogue: Dave Hogue is director of information design and usability at Fluid in San Francisco. With 12 years experience in interface design, he combines his skills as an information designer and applied psychologist to bring insight into user behavior and expectations. Clients include Design Within Reach, The North Face, Reebok, Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, Timberland, and Sanrio. Dave has faculty appointments at San Francisco State University (Multimedia Studies) and Golden Gate University (Psychology.) He is also a co-manager of Fire On The Bay, the largest Fireworks User Group, is active in Adobe communities, and is regularly invited to speak at or conduct seminars and training sessions.
About Patty Sokol: Patti D. Sokol is the president and chief instructor of Sokol Consulting, Inc. An Adobe Certified Instructor for Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, she spends most of her time teaching people how to use Adobe’s coolest products. Experienced at working with everyone from novices to experts, Patti’s clear explanations make it easy for you to learn the skills you need to get the job done!
See you at MAX!
twitter: @brucebowman

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July 23, 2009

Looking for Fireworks Extension Developers

Are you a Fireworks Extension developer who is looking for work? I know of some opportunities, so please get in touch.
You can learn more about developing Fireworks Extensions in the Fireworks Help and on the Fireworks Developers Center.
Another good resource comes from Grant Hinkson, who has provided a sample chapter of his new book on the topic.
And even if you’re not a developer, you can find lots of useful extensions to use in Fireworks on the Adobe Exchange.
Here is a (far from complete) list of links to other Fireworks Extension Developers:
John Dunning
Aaron Beall
Fireworks Zone

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