Fireworks CS3

30 May 2007 - 12:35pm
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Becubed
2004

Despite today's excellent point that our most important tool is our brains,
I'm wading in with a few quick remarks about the newest Fireworks release.
I've used it for almost two weeks now and am loving it.

Here's why:

- For folks on Macs, it's (finally) Intel native. A huge performance
improvement on my MacBook Pro 2.33 GHz.

- They've introduced the concept of "Pages". Previously, if you wanted to
capture more than one screen or screen states in a single file, you had to
either use layers (an awkward choice) or frames (a better choice). With the
introduction of pages, we now have the correct metaphor.

- It's easy to create simple walkthroughs of your designs and preview them
in a browser: simply draw a hotspot/slice over a region on the page, then
indicate which other page in the document should be the destination
hyperlink. Export all your pages to HTML and voila!

For those of you who export designs into other tools such as Acrobat or
PowerPoint for the purpose of demonstrating a series of screen flows, I
highly recommend you look into Fireworks CS3. It pretty much eliminates the
need for this step, especially if you're working on a website or web app.

Lots of other improvements in this release, but those are my favorites so
far. Would love to hear from others who have played with features such as
the Common Library...

--
Robert Barlow-Busch
Terapath Inc.
bbb at terapath.net

Comments

30 May 2007 - 1:39pm
Ari
2006

Yes, Fireworks CS3 is quite nice but it ain't Imageready. It tries to do
too much. I wished Adobe resurrected Imageready and Imagestyler (a long
defunct web-design product).

Robert Barlow-Busch wrote:
> Despite today's excellent point that our most important tool is our brains,
> I'm wading in with a few quick remarks about the newest Fireworks release.
> I've used it for almost two weeks now and am loving it.
>
> Here's why:
>
> - For folks on Macs, it's (finally) Intel native. A huge performance
> improvement on my MacBook Pro 2.33 GHz.
>
> - They've introduced the concept of "Pages". Previously, if you wanted to
> capture more than one screen or screen states in a single file, you had to
> either use layers (an awkward choice) or frames (a better choice). With the
> introduction of pages, we now have the correct metaphor.
>
> - It's easy to create simple walkthroughs of your designs and preview them
> in a browser: simply draw a hotspot/slice over a region on the page, then
> indicate which other page in the document should be the destination
> hyperlink. Export all your pages to HTML and voila!
>
> For those of you who export designs into other tools such as Acrobat or
> PowerPoint for the purpose of demonstrating a series of screen flows, I
> highly recommend you look into Fireworks CS3. It pretty much eliminates the
> need for this step, especially if you're working on a website or web app.
>
> Lots of other improvements in this release, but those are my favorites so
> far. Would love to hear from others who have played with features such as
> the Common Library...
>
>

30 May 2007 - 2:05pm
Mike Hickman
2007

As a proud Fireworks user and beta tester for the previous 2 versions of the
software, I have to disagree with Ari. Maybe for users who are accustomed
to the Photoshop to Imageready workflow, the introduction of Fireworks into
the mix is a bit disturbing, but Fireworks is not meant to replace
Imageready. Instead, it is meant to sit alongside Photoshop as a creation
tool in itself, the same as it was within the Macromedia universe.

The strong integration Fireworks has with Flash and Flex should make any one
designing RIAs and web experiences really take a hard look at the power of
Fireworks. The time saved within those environments has definitely helped
my organization out, and I can only imagine that it will do the same for
many others. Robert's done a good job detailing just a small amount of the
features that make Fireworks my tool of choice for design work.

It's no longer the little fish in Photoshop's large pond.

On 5/30/07, Ari Feldman <ari1970 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Yes, Fireworks CS3 is quite nice but it ain't Imageready. It tries to do
> too much. I wished Adobe resurrected Imageready and Imagestyler (a long
> defunct web-design product).
>
>
> Robert Barlow-Busch wrote:
> > Despite today's excellent point that our most important tool is our
> brains,
> > I'm wading in with a few quick remarks about the newest Fireworks
> release.
> > I've used it for almost two weeks now and am loving it.
> >
> > Here's why:
> >
> > - For folks on Macs, it's (finally) Intel native. A huge performance
> > improvement on my MacBook Pro 2.33 GHz.
> >
> > - They've introduced the concept of "Pages". Previously, if you wanted
> to
> > capture more than one screen or screen states in a single file, you had
> to
> > either use layers (an awkward choice) or frames (a better choice). With
> the
> > introduction of pages, we now have the correct metaphor.
> >
> > - It's easy to create simple walkthroughs of your designs and preview
> them
> > in a browser: simply draw a hotspot/slice over a region on the page,
> then
> > indicate which other page in the document should be the destination
> > hyperlink. Export all your pages to HTML and voila!
> >
> > For those of you who export designs into other tools such as Acrobat or
> > PowerPoint for the purpose of demonstrating a series of screen flows, I
> > highly recommend you look into Fireworks CS3. It pretty much eliminates
> the
> > need for this step, especially if you're working on a website or web
> app.
> >
> > Lots of other improvements in this release, but those are my favorites
> so
> > far. Would love to hear from others who have played with features such
> as
> > the Common Library...
> >
> >
>
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30 May 2007 - 2:23pm
Jeffrey D. Gimzek
2007

I dont have CS3 yet - so I have few questions to the Fireworks peeps:

Does this mean ImageReady is dead ?

Does Fireworks still have it's crappy macromedia legacy interface?

Do the keycommands match PSD/IR ?

jd

On May 30, 2007, at 12:05 PM, Mike Hickman wrote:

> As a proud Fireworks user and beta tester for the previous 2
> versions of the
> software, I have to disagree with Ari. Maybe for users who are
> accustomed
> to the Photoshop to Imageready workflow, the introduction of
> Fireworks into
> the mix is a bit disturbing, but Fireworks is not meant to replace
> Imageready. Instead, it is meant to sit alongside Photoshop as a
> creation
> tool in itself, the same as it was within the Macromedia universe.
>
> The strong integration Fireworks has with Flash and Flex should
> make any one
> designing RIAs and web experiences really take a hard look at the
> power of
> Fireworks. The time saved within those environments has definitely
> helped
> my organization out, and I can only imagine that it will do the
> same for
> many others. Robert's done a good job detailing just a small
> amount of the
> features that make Fireworks my tool of choice for design work.
>
> It's no longer the little fish in Photoshop's large pond.
>
>
> On 5/30/07, Ari Feldman <ari1970 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Yes, Fireworks CS3 is quite nice but it ain't Imageready. It tries
>> to do
>> too much. I wished Adobe resurrected Imageready and Imagestyler (a
>> long
>> defunct web-design product).
>>
>>
>> Robert Barlow-Busch wrote:
>>> Despite today's excellent point that our most important tool is our
>> brains,
>>> I'm wading in with a few quick remarks about the newest Fireworks
>> release.
>>> I've used it for almost two weeks now and am loving it.
>>>
>>> Here's why:
>>>
>>> - For folks on Macs, it's (finally) Intel native. A huge performance
>>> improvement on my MacBook Pro 2.33 GHz.
>>>
>>> - They've introduced the concept of "Pages". Previously, if you
>>> wanted
>> to
>>> capture more than one screen or screen states in a single file,
>>> you had
>> to
>>> either use layers (an awkward choice) or frames (a better
>>> choice). With
>> the
>>> introduction of pages, we now have the correct metaphor.
>>>
>>> - It's easy to create simple walkthroughs of your designs and
>>> preview
>> them
>>> in a browser: simply draw a hotspot/slice over a region on the page,
>> then
>>> indicate which other page in the document should be the destination
>>> hyperlink. Export all your pages to HTML and voila!
>>>
>>> For those of you who export designs into other tools such as
>>> Acrobat or
>>> PowerPoint for the purpose of demonstrating a series of screen
>>> flows, I
>>> highly recommend you look into Fireworks CS3. It pretty much
>>> eliminates
>> the
>>> need for this step, especially if you're working on a website or web
>> app.
>>>
>>> Lots of other improvements in this release, but those are my
>>> favorites
>> so
>>> far. Would love to hear from others who have played with features
>>> such
>> as
>>> the Common Library...
>>>
>>>
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
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--

Jeffrey D. Gimzek
Digital Experience Designer

www.jdgimzek.com
thundercougarfalconbird.blogspot.com

30 May 2007 - 3:43pm
Dave Malouf
2005

If you didn't like fireworks before b/c you prefer PHotoshop and
imageready than you won't like it now. Fireworks is built on the
basis of different assumptions than Photoshop. it is a GUI drawing
tool, plain and simple and Photoshop is a photo editing tool (not so
plain and simple). Fireworks combines raster and bitmap features in a
nice object based blend. Photoshop does not.

In the end, if you didn't like Fireworks before you won't like it
now. They made SOME changes to the interface to match some Adobe
standards (for the worse, IMHO, but I"m one of the people who think
that Adobe's interface's suck compared to Macromedia's so I am
hoping for More Macro in my Adobe and not the other way around.

let the cold war begin!

-- dave

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30 May 2007 - 3:44pm
Dave Malouf
2005

If you didn't like fireworks before b/c you prefer PHotoshop and
imageready than you won't like it now. Fireworks is built on the
basis of different assumptions than Photoshop. it is a GUI drawing
tool, plain and simple and Photoshop is a photo editing tool (not so
plain and simple). Fireworks combines raster and bitmap features in a
nice object based blend. Photoshop does not.

In the end, if you didn't like Fireworks before you won't like it
now. They made SOME changes to the interface to match some Adobe
standards (for the worse, IMHO, but I"m one of the people who think
that Adobe's interface's suck compared to Macromedia's so I am
hoping for More Macro in my Adobe and not the other way around.

let the cold war begin!

-- dave

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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