May 11, 2011

Math Resize Extension : Matt Stow

Math Resize Extension : Matt Stow

Matt Stow is a web and user interface designer who specialises in designing and developing accessible, standards-compliant websites. From conception to completion, Fireworks and Dreamweaver are his most important companions. Matt is a Fireworks evangelist and can often be found championing its abilities.

His recent invention is Math resize extension.

This extension allow user to resize an object as mathematically. I’s really useful to resize an object exact value without distortion. For example if you create rounded corner rectangle resize object via scale tool, the corner will be distorted. You need to use 9-slice scale tool to avoid problem or simply type exact value in PI W, H field. However, using this extension, it will help you to simple calculation to resize object.

Give it a try!


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April 28, 2011

Create Multiple Animated AD-Banners In A Breeze : – Learn from Professional

Create Multiple Animated AD-Banners In A Breeze

Mikko Vartio is web designer / web developer and one of the top Fireworks user. His web site provide great tips and techniques for Fireworks. GIF banner Ads is commonly used and could increase usage since iOS does not support one of Adobe’s technology.

By the way,  Fireworks rename Frame palette to States Panel in order to align same concept with Flex platform. However, you can still use State panel as exactly same way to create animated GIF. We can learn efficient way to create multiple size of Ad-banner from this tutorial.

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April 27, 2011

Trouble Shooting: Could not launch Fireworks CS4. An internal error occurred.

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Some customer suffer from “Could not Launch” problem with “An internal error occurred.” on Fireworks CS4 on Window.

Please delete “Fireworks CS4 Panel Prefs.xml” and re-launch application. This could solve the problem.


The file location is:

Windows XP:
[Drive C:]\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Adobe\Fireworks CS4\[language]\Fireworks CS4 Panel Prefs.xml

Windows Vista or Windows 7:
[Drive, C:]\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Fireworks CS4\[language]\Fireworks CS4 Panel Prefs.xml

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Export Text Command Panel Extension : 3 REVOLUTIONS

Export Text Command Panel Extension : 3 REVOLUTIONS

Mariano Ferrario creates new extension that enable to extract text from the Fireworks document to **.txt or **.cvs file.  This is simple but powerful tool enable to extract just text. It would be improve production workflow also, spec updating workflow. It works with 2bytes text too without problem.

You can access to the Panel from Window > Export Text after install this extension.

Also please check out previous Annotation Command Panel Extension. Using Adobe InDesign to spec writing and using Fireworks for wireframe and prototype will much productive with this tool.

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April 26, 2011

“9 Tooltip styles” : webportio – Learn from Professional

New contents : 9 Tooltip styles

Jiri Plistil creates awesome cutting edge graphics and let us download Fireworks Source file. Thus, you can learn from professional design how great web designer creates contents using Fireworks.

The design contents for Webportio is provided by

  • Dave Hogue
  • Henrik Juhl
  • Jiri Brezovsky
  • Jiri Plistil
  • Marek Levák
  • Mikko Vartio
  • Pavel Kout
  • Vitor Reis
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April 16, 2011

Color Optimization improvement in CS5.1

Exporting as GIF, PNG8 was a weak point of Fireworks for long time.

Especially for mobile application, mobile web site, the size of bitmap is big matter since downloading speed is critical. Our engineering team devote so much time to make improvement for color optimization algorithm.

Here is the result comparison among exporting PNG8 from CS5.1 and CS5.0  Amazing!


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April 13, 2011

Want to Learn how to work with Fireworks? BYOL Lab

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Bring your own laptop to learn from professional!

Host: Dave Hogue, Luke Kilpatrick
Date: April 19th, 2011 at 7:00 PM (PST)
Location: Adobe San Francisco Office, 601 Townsend St San Francisco, CA


Dave is going to show you how to do 9-Slice Scaling, setting up Fireworks Graphics for use in Flash Catalyst and more. If you do not own CS5 please install the 30-day trial of Web Production CS5 from so you can follow along.


Sign up to register from here:

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April 12, 2011

Creative Suite CS5.5 will include Fireworks CS5.1

Creative Suite CS5.5 will include Fireworks CS5.1, which is a minor update from Fireworks CS5.0.

In addition, we will be releasing a patch for Fireworks CS5.0 users.  This patch will include all of the bug fixes that are going into CS5.1.  It will not, however, include the subscription engine that will be part of CS5.1, so it will not fully upgrade CS5.0 to CS5.1. To identify the builds:

n  The full CS5.1 internal build number will be 11.1.

n  After applying the patch to CS5.0 the internal build number will be 11.0.1.


The following bug fixes will be included in the patch and the Fireworks CS5.1 release.
Major crash bug fixes
Thank you for using the crash reporter to submit crash problems. Our developers figured out the root cause of many crashes and fixed a variety of unexpected crash bugs when using the following functions and APIs.

  • PS Live Effects area
  • Vector tool
  • Layer naming, editing in multiple pages
  • Undo/redo name change
  • Find and replace
  • Saving files
  • Opening legacy Fireworks 8 file
  • Win API related changes for 64bit

Color optimization improvement
We’ve heard customers’ complaints about the color banding issue of GIF, PNG8, JPEG optimization, and now we have improved color optimization to enable multiple bit depth algorithms for color optimization.

Out of memory prevention on Win
Please be aware of 32bit application limitations. Since Fireworks is 32bit application, it is limited to accessing up to 2GB of RAM on Windows. As RAM prices have dropped, you might have a higher-end machine loaded with 8GB or more of RAM, but Fireworks cannot access anything but the first 2GB. Instead of popping up an out of memory dialog box, and risk losing data,  we’ve modified the behavior to bring up a “Low memory” warning dialog box so you can save and close the document, and delete the old history to free up memory. You may also assign a keyboard shortcut to bring up the dialog box to delete the history and close the document too.

Enable Save on Crash on Mac
When an application crash occurs on the Mac platform, Fireworks saves the most recent working file onto the desktop to help recover the file.


Sticky Save As… location
Fireworks used to keep the same file location as the opened file when the user chose “Save as…”. Fireworks CS5.1 will respect the last saved location.
Choosing export slice from the context menu also preserves the last saved location.

AIR SDK update
We replaced the AIR 2.0 SDK with AIR 2.5.1 SDK for creation of AIR applications in Fireworks.

More Bug Fixes
FXG related bug fix

  • Buttons were not appearing properly in Flash Catalyst after opening a .fxg file that contains buttons.
  • FXG Symbols (button, graphic, and Animation) with same symbol ID were not being exported properly.
  • RichText tags in exported FXG were[JGW1] required to have a fontFamily attribute.
  • Fireworks threw an error while exporting a FXG that contained text with missing fonts or legacy text.
  • When an empty text object with the cursor on it is present, Fireworks threw an error while exporting to FXG.

Image preview now preserves the settings done through “Save as…”  options dialog box.

Fireworks no longer crashes when you try to edit a symbol with a blank name.

When an empty text object with the cursor on it is present, Fireworks threw an error while exporting to CSS and Images

When exporting an image, nearly white objects on a white background turned transparent.

File overwriting warning didn’t pop up for “images” when exporting as HTML and images.

The focus was not on the file name in the Windows Export dialog box, and the keyboard could not be used in that dialog box.



Takashi Morifusa
Fireworks Sr. Product Manager


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January 31, 2011

Edge Article : Design 101 for developers from Dee Sadler

Here is a new article from Dee Sadler about “Design 101 for developers”
Adobe Edge:  January 2011 Article

This is good article who is not familiar with Fireworks to know the basic idea of what you can do with Fireworks.

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November 4, 2010

Video archive for the David M. Hogue’s Ask A Pro Fireworks sesion is avaiable

It was an exciting “Ask A Pro” Web seminar for Fireworks CS5.
Here is the recorded session video archive in case you missed.
Great tips and lots of Q&A in the Chat pod.

Another good news! David wrote article is available in Developers Central.
Title: Turning a design into HTML and CSS using the Fireworks to Dreamweaver workflow


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