16 March 2009
Whether you're a designer looking for a quicker way to prototype and create for the web or a web developer who finds most design tools to be overly complex for your needs, productivity is key—and Adobe Fireworks is your web productivity tool of choice. Foundation Fireworks CS4 can show you how to get the most out of Fireworks so you can maximize your efficiency without sacrificing any creativity or power.
Use the unique collection of Fireworks vector- and pixel-based tools. Learn about improved integration with Adobe Illustrator and smarter Adobe Photoshop file support, as well as the complete Fireworks workflow, from idea generation to standards-complete HTML export with CSS layouts.
Foundation Firework CS4 includes several real-world case studies, including creating a blog, building CSS sprites, and assembling a web commerce site. Advanced coverage includes using Fireworks to turn rich Internet applications into desktop apps with Adobe AIR.
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Fireworks provides all the tools you need to create advanced, sophisticated, wow- your-audience visual effects—from something as simple as a simulated reflection to as complicated as magical glowing particle trails. In fact, because of the flexibility of the Fireworks toolset, we think you'll find that creating effects in Fireworks is much faster and flexible than in other design tools. Every object, every gradient, every filter, every everything in Fireworks is infinitely editable and tweakable, giving you the ability to try, change, and remove until you're satisfied (or exhausted).
This chapter looks at the building blocks to create effects and then combines these building blocks to recreate a number of popular effects seen across the web, print, and RIAs or desktop applications.
To learn more about extending Fireworks, visit the Extending section of the Fireworks Developer Center.