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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3 Responses to Maze of Pages/States/Layers simplified

  1. msun says:

    All the tutorial/learning material on the web talks about frames ; yet in fireworks cs4 I understand that frames are now called states. is this correct ?If that is the case .. I have wasted several hours trying to understand why I couldn’t get the frames dialog up !

  2. Hi msun,It is correct that erstwhile “Frames” is now being referred to as “States” since Cs4 version.It is sad to know that you have wasted much time in investigating the change.Can you confirm if the change is not updated in Help for Fireworks CS4 which refers to the new changes in the version?Thanks

  3. bturney says:

    Sarthak,In Fireworks CS4, is there an easy way to duplicate states of the master page and transfer them to the other non-master pages? I’m trying to do a simple rollover, however, when I preview all pages in browser, I lose all page interactivity from page two and onward.