Archive for October, 2008

Fireworks CS4 Bug fixes – Part 1

Apart from the workflow features in Fireworks CS4 there have been some bug fixes which seem important from a designers perspective. Below mentioned are 7 bug fixes which stand out amongst the other fixes.

  1. When pages in the png file are linked and then renamed, the links had to be updated manually. This updation of links now happens automatically in Fireworks CS4 on page renaming.
  2. If an invisibile layer or object was selected, the visibility was getting turned on automatically. This has now been taken care, where the visibility doesnot toggle automatically.
  3. A restriction has been added to disallow the presence of special characters in page names. An alert message is displayed now.
  4. Images copied from a web browser and pasted as a mask was broken in Fireworks CS3. Version CS4 has rectified the issue to make it work once again.
  5. While scaling a vector or on some other occassions, a stray pixel used to crop up on the canvas. This stray 1 pixel has been taken care of now with the CS4 version.
  6. When a web object aka slice/hotspot is cut and pasted, it now pastes in the selected web layer/sub web layer.  CS3 pasted in the lowest layer hierarchy irrespective of the layer selection.
  7. The "Select Unused Items" in the document library now works across multiple pages. In Fireworks CS3 it was limited to the current page.

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Maze of Pages/States/Layers simplified

Fireworks had Frames and Layers to help designers manage the document they were creating. Logically, frames were the container for layers where each Frame had a separate independant set of layer hierarchy contained within it.

Fw .png file logical organization prior to CS3

The CS3 release version saw the introduction of Pages feature which added another level of abstraction on existing frames. So now each fireworks png file contained atleast 1 page, state and layer. The logical organization became such that a page was the topmost level which contained multiple frames. Each frame as earlier contained separate independant set of layer hierarchy.

Fw .png file logical organization after CS3 release

The pages feature allowed that each fireworks png file could now contain multiple pages with flexible structure as shown above. Fireworks CS4 saw just the renaming of Frames to States. The document organization remained same with a page containing multiple states. Each state in turn contained independant set of layer hierarchy.
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Fireworks CS4 top features

Following are the 11 features which have been highlighted in CS4 release for Fireworks product. To know more about them follow the link http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks/features/?view=topnew

  1. Preview or create package as an AIR application
  2. Export all the pages in png file as pages of a PDF
  3. Export the document as HTML and CSS
  4. Link objects to Styles and skin them in a click
  5. Bigger and better repository of re-usable assets
  6. Workspace Improvements through Smart Guides
  7. Kuler pallete usage directly in Swatches panel
  8. New User Interface for better layout organization
  9. Performance improvements in all areas of application working
  10. New Type Engine for better integration with other products
  11. Connect Now aka Adobe Connect for screen and voice sharing from within Fireworks

Stay tuned as I will highlight other features which are new in Fireworks CS4.

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