Bringing Fireworks CS4 shortcuts into CS5 version

Shortcuts are a way to make a creative professional feel like a pro and also increase the efficiency manifolds. Adobe Fireworks CS5 released and you would like to bring in the shortcuts from CS4 version to CS5. Follow the below process to make that possible.

The shortcuts are xml files which are stored in correspondence to the application.

MACINTOSH:

The shortcuts for Adobe Fireworks CS4 application on macintosh platform is stored in the following locations. You can copy those xml files from CS4 locations and copy them to the corresponding Fireworks CS5 locations.

  1. /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fireworks CS4/<language code ex:"en">/Keyboard Shortcuts/
  2. <Adobe Fireworks CS4 app location>: Right click on the app and select "Show Package Contents". Then follow the path at Contents/Resources/<language project file ex:en.lproj>/Keyboard Shortcuts/

Generaly the default is "Web Standard.xml". You can confirm this by launching the app and looking at the menu item Fireworks->Keyboard Shortcuts. The "Current Set" field drop down menu with show the currently applied shortcuts to the app.

WINDOWS:

The shortcuts for Adobe Fireworks CS4 application on windows platform is stored in the following locations. You can copy those xml files from CS4 locations and copy them to the corresponding Fireworks CS5 locations.

Win XP

  1. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Fireworks CS4\<language folder name ex: English>\Keyboard Shortcuts\
  2. C:\Documents and Settings\<logged in username ex: sarthak>\Application Data<this is hidden folder>\Adobe\Fireworks CS4\<language folder name ex: English>\Keyboard Shortcuts\

If your operating system is in a different drive than "C:" then you will need to look in the corresponding directory location on that drive.

Win Vista/7

  1. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Fireworks CS4\<language folder name ex: English>\Keyboard Shortcuts\
  2. C:\Users\<logged in username ex: sarthak>\AppData<this is hidden folder>\Roaming\Adobe\Fireworks CS4\<language folder name ex: English>\Keyboard Shortcuts\

If you have a 64 bit machine/OS, you will have to replace "Program Files" with "Program Files(x86)" to find the correct location of xml files.

Use the same set of customized shortcuts of Fireworks CS4 into CS5 and feel at home. You can go ahead one step more and diff the files using any freely available tool and move only the selected ones.

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