Posts in Category "Learning Resources"

May 28, 2010

Fireworks CS5 post-launch news

We’ve posted a new mobile workflows article on the Adobe Developer Connection featuring Fireworks CS5 and Adobe Device Central. Liz Myers, mobile and web-based application specialist, walks you through some very cool techniques for previewing your work on mobile devices that will inspire you to try it yourself. Her article is full of screen shots and includes 3 video demos.
Update: Jim Babbage (@JimBabbage), has written a new free CMX article about FXG 2.0 support in Fireworks CS5, with good general information on FXG workflows.
It is still early, but the CS5 reviews are beginning to trickle in, and I wanted to share a couple of new reviews that we’ve seen for Fireworks CS5:
MacWorld magazine recently completed their review of Adobe Fireworks CS5, awarding it 4.5 mice! Thanks MacWorld!
Smashing Magazine muses over whether it is worth switching to Fireworks CS5. Spolier – it is.
Have you tried Fireworks CS5 yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

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February 24, 2009

Session recordings with Fireworks related content

After quickly scanning Adobe TV, we found these sessions recorded focusing on Adobe Fireworks CS4 in Adobe Creative Suite 4.

Designing Effective CSS and HTML Websites in Fireworks CS4
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15383v1055

Quickly Mockup a Business Website
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15383v1042

Fireworks CS4 and the Design Spectrum
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15384v1020

Designing with Web Standards Using CS4
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15383v1056

Designing a Website in Fireworks CS4
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15383v1022

Prototyping Adobe AIR Applications with Fireworks CS4
http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15383v1073

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January 30, 2009

Acrobat.com and Fireworks CS4

Ruth Kastenmayer and John Champion wrote an informative article on the Adobe developer center! The article describes the wonderful learning experience technology brings to all areas of K-12 education from reading to science to special education. And in this case how Fireworks CS4 PDF export integrates with acrobat.com. With Adobe Fireworks the learning curve is super small, I’ve been able to teach hardcore coders how to use Fireworks in less than 20 minutes. Give them a couple hours and they feel like a pro! I can only imagine what someone in elementary could do with Fireworks…thanks Ruth and Chris for the eye opener and showing us a new workflow between Fireworks and acrobat.com!

Publishing and sharing PDF portfolios online using Fireworks CS4 and acrobat.com
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/fw_acrobat.com.html

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December 8, 2008

Fireworks CS4 AIR based Backup Utility

Check out the Adobe Fireworks Auto Backup application at the AIR exchange/marketplace. This is a great addition to your aresenal if you are like me and experience the occasional blackout (Seems to happen constantly in my building in San Francisco) or you did something that Fireworks didnt like and crashes on you.

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The biggest reason why I find myself using this application is when I am at the "Port of Indecision" and constantly making changes/iterations and wish I could go back to "n" file and grab those enhancements since I deleted them in the current file. If this happens then you’ll be saved since the utility will backup your document in case you need to fall back on it…phew!

Before using this app I had developed a keen sense of consistently saving after each major iteration on the design and now I dont need to worry about it! I’ll also mention if you are working on super large documents (containing more than 50-200 pages or have a large canvas size) this feature may not work for you since saving may take longer than normal. This app takes advantages of Fireworks synchronous save feature available in CS4 where saving the file doesnt stop you from working since saving happens in the background.

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November 21, 2008

35 wonderful Fireworks tutorials found by DESIGNM.AG

DESIGNM.AG has a wonderful post that lists many popular current Fireworks tutorials found on the web. A few of them are from the Fireworks Developer Center too! One of my favorite tutorials listed is by designm.ag from the tutorial list is from abduzeedo.

35 excellent Adobe Fireworks Tutorials

http://designm.ag/resources/adobe-fireworks-tutorials/

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October 24, 2008

Introducing the new vector manipulation tools in Fireworks CS4

Learn how to fully utilize the vector manipulation tools in Fireworks with this informative article on the Fireworks Developer center. Vane and Vanco have done a really fantastic job on covering all the little details you may not find when busy working in Fireworks.

Introducing the new vector manipulation tools in Fireworks CS4
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/vector_manipulation_tools.html

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October 8, 2008

Adobe Success Story – Hoovers, Inc.

I just realized I never blogged about Hoover’s Success Story about using Adobe Fireworks and the Creative Suite. If you have time, I’d suggest you have a read cause this is really cool to hear how current Fireworks users are saving time and money which are two very valuable components in making a business successful.

Adobe Success Story – Hoovers, Inc.
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/showcase/index.cfm?event=casestudydetail&casestudyid=527118&loc=en_us

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September 29, 2008

Adobe Fireworks CS4: 100 Essential Techniques!, go get it!

Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques

Jim Babbage authored the Adobe Fireworks CS4, How-To Book (Part of the How-Tos series). This is really fantastic for educational and learning resources! Typically in the past Fireworks users have found tips and tutorials online since they are mostly web centric users.

Book Description:
Adobe Fireworks CS4 is back and better than ever. Completely revamped for inclusion in the Adobe Creative Suite, Fireworks is now positioned to be an integral part of Adobe’s Web workflow. Designed for manipulating images destined for the Web and developing rapid Web prototypes, Fireworks lets Web designers go from scribbled concept to online framework. Fireworks CS4 has been given new life, so new in fact that a whole new generation of Web designers needs to become acquainted with it. Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques gives users quick access to the key features and fundamental techniques to help them come up to speed in Adobe Fireworks CS4. Each technique is presented in a self-contained unit of one or two pages so users can dive in and start working right away, unencumbered by lengthy descriptions or technical detail. Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques will be one of the first books available on this software.

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September 23, 2008

Fireworks tutorials on Layers magazine!

Just came across the Layers magazine site redesign, looks great! Check out the new Fireworks section on their website.

Layers Magazine – Fireworks Tutorials
http://www.layersmagazine.com/category/tutorials/fireworks

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New Fireworks CS4 videos on Adobe TV

Check out Adobe TV videos showing Fireworks CS4 from David Hogue where he demonstrates creating interactivity and rapid prototyping in Fireworks.

Rapid Prototyping
Learn how to conduct iterative and rapid prototyping in Fireworks CS4 using disjointed rollovers, effective use of symbols and exporting as HTML and images.

The Complete Design Process
See how Adobe design tools are used in the complete design process and how Fireworks CS4 and Photoshop CS4 work together to increase your team’s efficiency.

Information and Interaction Design
How David and team creates wireframes during the Information and Interaction Design Process.

Creating Interactive Prototypes
Learn how to add interactivity to wireframes in Fireworks CS4 by creating a navigation bar and using slices and hotspots.

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