Archive for July, 2009

Import Fireworks FXG export for Flash Catalyst

A new script is posted at Adobe Labs for Fireworks which will address the request for better FXG export from Fireworks which can be consumed by Flash Catalyst.

The script can be found on from where it can be installed and functionality changes and enhancements done by the Fireworks team.

Below are copy pasted the Release notes for quick reference


  1. lineHeight for Text element was always exported as %, now its exported based on value selected in Fireworks ( % or exact)
  2. Tab indention was not correct for elements which were exported as bitmaps
  3. Exporting invisible bitmap elements caused script error
  4. Updated Rectangle primitive object to export transformation matrix and roundness value.
  5. Modified / Added Application Private Data for all elements (d:userLabel , d:type etc)
  6. Exporting effects applied on Groups and Symbols

Issues Fixed

  1. Error is thrown when FXG with Stroke for text is imported in Flash Catalyst
  2. Objects with different opacity are not imported properly to Flash Catalyst
  3. Export to FXG: TypeError: currRun.size has no properties
  4. Flash Catalyst: Unsupported elements exported as bitmaps are incorrectly positioned
  5. Text shift is seen when imported to Flash Catalyst
  6. Flash Catalyst: Importing of sublayers with different visibility is not proper
  7. Flash Catalyst: Importing a stack of symbols with different visibility is not proper
  8. FXG Export: Exporting text with numeric throws error
  9. FXG Export: Visible symbol elements are not exported
  10. Exporting test file to FXG shows a negative number
  11. Flash Catalyst: One of the rectangle in the bug file shifts when imported to FC
  12. Flash Catalyst: Rectangle roundness shows different value when imported in FC
  13. Flash Catalyst: Importing test file with text runs having a mix of attributes throws error while parsing
  14. Command doesn’t Remember the last export directory
  15. Warning is not thrown before overwriting FXG file
  16. Remove copyright notification in the FXG script
  17. Exporting a selection to FXG
  18. Text gets truncated when exported to FXG
  19. Unable to import the file to FC
  20. Export to FXG should throw warning while exporting files with missing fonts
  21. FXG export creates invalid tag names starting with a number
  22. Export to FXG encounters duplicate PNG files

Known Issues

  1. Rectangle with gradient applied is not exported correctly.
  2. Masks applied on Bitmaps appear stretched in FC
  3. Masks with unsupported properties are still exported as normal elements and not bitmaps
  4. Invisible bitmap element inside the group is not exported but the tag is exported.

Any queries, suggestions or proposals in this regard, feel free to post them at

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I have recently started using the services of twitter. My twitter account is This account is not limited to Fireworks but expands on my travel and photographic interests as well.
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Blog posting, comment service downtime

Blogs will be locked down beginning Friday 7/17 at 11pm Pacific time and will be unavailable for posting or commenting for up to 72 hours.

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Page navigation shortcuts

Pages are a boon to Fireworks since their introduction
in CS3 release. There is a built in Keyboard navigation facility for iterating through all the pages in the document of a Fireworks png file.

The ‘PgUp’ and ‘PgDn’ key does the trick of navigation. Even when the focus is on the canvas, the keyboard shortcuts will work.

Incase you are editing a field or entering some values/text in any of the panels then you will need to exit that editing field and then the shortcut will work for you. Simplest way is to click on the canvas to gain focus on the main area of the application.

This keyboard navigation is valid on Windows and Mac.

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Fireworks designers from Brazil

I was
looking around the web for some creative tutorials for Fireworks which can be of good use for newbie to Fireworks or for people who are stuck in the same workflow for multiple versions of the application.

There is a designer site in Brazil which discusses many workflows, features of many features of Fireworks. They seem to have multiple contributing authors which gives a very good perspective of different individuals.

I dug into the articles section and there are some really neat ones which explore basic functionality which leads to some creative design output.

One of their fresh article is related to the export of PDF document directly from Fireworks which can be read here

Fireworks sure has users globally!

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