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  //  http://www.punchcut.com.
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
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 http://tv.adobe.com and be sure to watch some of the excellent Fireworks content that we’ve created for you.
Bruce

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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!
Bruce
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
Phireworks
Senocular
FWKit
Fireworks Zone

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July 10, 2009

Fireworks at Adobe MAX 2009

Adobe MAX is now open for Registration, and will be held in Los Angeles, California USA from Oct 4-7, 2009.
I wanted to tell you about a few Fireworks sessions that we’re planning to hold at MAX with some powerhouse speakers:
SESSION: From Sketch to Click-Through HTML Prototype with Fireworks
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. (w/ David Hogue)
SESSION: Repurpose Assets to Mock Up a Standards-Based Website with Fireworks
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. (w/ Jim Babbage)
Bring Your Own Laptop LAB: Efficient Web Design Using Adobe Fireworks
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.” (w/ Jim Babbage)
Bring Your Own Laptop LAB: How to Visually Design and Prototype Websites
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. (w/ David Hogue)


    Key links and facts about MAX 2009:
  • MAX homepage: www.MAX.adobe.com
  • MAX will run from Oct. 4-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Register before Aug. 31, 2009 to qualify for the early bird discount.
  • MAX 2009 will feature keynotes from Shantanu Narayen and Kevin Lynch and other industry luminaries (which will be announced later in the summer), as well as technology sneak-peeks, technical sessions, hands-on labs and exhibits
  • MAX 2009 offers three tracks of more than 200 sessions and 100 hands-on labs.

      Back by popular demand:
    • BYOL (bring your own laptop) labs — deep dives into using Adobe software
    • Unconference discussions — attendee-driven presentations
    • RussellBrown@MAX — Photoshop Master Class, LiveCycle@MAX


We hope to see you there!

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May 13, 2009

Adobe Flash Professional CS4 10.0.2 Update available

The Flash authoring team has released an update for Adobe Flash Professional CS4. The Flash product manager, Richard Galvan, has a detailed post on his blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/rgalvan/
The Fireworks CS4 10.0.3, and the Flash Professional CS4 10.0.2 updaters are both available from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/.

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May 4, 2009

Fireworks CS4 10.0.3 Updater News

There have been some recent changes in the product management team for Fireworks. Rick Jones has moved into the Fireworks Product Marketing Manager role, and I am now the Fireworks Product Manager.
It is my pleasure, as my first of what I hope will be many Fireworks blog posts, to share some really good news – we have the Fireworks CS4 10.0.3 Updater ready and we’re targeting May 6 as our go live date. Once live, it will be available via the Adobe Update Manager and on http://www.adobe.com/support/fireworks/downloads_updaters.html where you will also find release notes with details on the bugs that this updater fixes.
This updater fixes the most common bugs that we know about in Fireworks CS4, including numerous text shifting problems, stability issues on Mac and Windows, and bugs related to pasting text from Microsoft Office applications. The team would like to thank you for your patience as we developed this updater.
I’m very excited to get started in my new role, and look forward to interacting with you in the Fireworks community.
Bruce Bowman
Fireworks Product Manager

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March 4, 2009

Updater Planned for Fireworks CS4

The Fireworks team is actively working on a fix for the text-shifting bug and other bugs we know are causing real pain for Fireworks CS4 users. An update will be made available when we are confident that we have corrected the problems. I’ll update this post when we’re closer to having the updater available!

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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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