October 14, 2010

Ask a CS Pro: Fireworks CS5 for Designers & Developers with David M. Hogue on October 20th!

Fireworks team blog came back with great event notice!

Dr. David M Houge

Dr. David M Houge

Join Ask a CS Pro: Fireworks CS5 session with David M. Hogue on Wed, Oct 20th at 13:00 – 14:00 PDT.
This is free online session via Adobe Connect. You can join from this link:

Fireworks is an important tool in the daily workflow of many designers and developers, but many of us do not take advantage of all of the powerful features available. If you are new to Fireworks, just upgraded from an older version, a developer who uses it for image slicing and optimization, or a designer who uses other tools and wants to know what Fireworks is all about, join us for an interactive online discussion where we will highlight some of the new features and lesser known features of Fireworks. We will also show some techniques for using Fireworks effectively and efficiently, and there will be a Q&A session to share information, hints, and tips.

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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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April 29, 2010

Fireworks CS5 is now shipping!

fwicon.jpgAdobe Fireworks CS5 is now shipping!
A fully functioning free 30-day Trial can be downloaded from Adobe.com today. English is available now, French and German will be available on May 6, and the other European languages on May 10. Japanese Trials will be available on May 27.
For an in-depth look at Fireworks CS5, take a look at this article on the Fireworks Developer Center, which covers the new features and many improvements that make this the best version of Fireworks ever!
Fireworks CS5 is also included in these Suites:

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Fireworks CS4 10.0.4 Updater for Mac OS X now available

The Fireworks CS4 10.0.4 Update for Mac OS X is now available. You can get it through the Adobe Update Manager or download it from the Adobe Support website.
This Updater is for Mac only, and fixes all known critical bugs. There is no Windows 10.0.4 updater, because there are no known critical bugs (critical = security, crash or data loss).
The team really would have liked to have gotten this Updater out to you sooner, but it just wasn’t possible before now.

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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 Lynda.com.

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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: http://bit.ly/buycs5FW_t
Web Premium CS5: http://bit.ly/buycs5WP_b
Master Collection CS5: http://bit.ly/buycs5MC_b

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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 http://www.adobe.com/support/fireworks/downloads_updaters.html.
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: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/519/cpsid_51981.html
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 http://sarthak.adobe.com/files/GlobalResources

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