Fireworks Release Notes

About Fireworks MX 2004

Macromedia® Fireworks® MX 2004 is the complete solution for designing, optimizing and integrating web graphics. Supercharge graphics development with professional control, faster performance and superb integration.

About the 7.0.2 updater

The Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 (7.0.2) updater includes all fixes addressed in the previously released Fireworks MX 2004 7.0.1 updater as well as additional fixes which greatly slowed down performance in earlier versions of Fireworks MX 2004. All Fireworks users should download and install the 7.0.2 software updater. You may download the Fireworks MX 2004 (7.0.2) updater from the Latest Product Updates website.

Resolved issues in the 7.0.2 updater

The 7.0.2 updater fixes all the issues that were resolved in the 7.0.1 updater (see below). In addition, it addresses performance bugs found in Fireworks MX 2004. There are many bug fixes for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Listed below are some of the more important issues that are resolved in the 7.0.2 updater.

Switching focus from another application to Fireworks MX 2004 would cause Fireworks to briefly freeze.

In earlier versions of Fireworks MX 2004, a noticeable delay was encountered by users with many sites defined in Dreamweaver MX 2004. If you have 50 or more sites defined in Dreamweaver MX 2004, you should find that the 7.0.2 updater makes Fireworks MX 2004 much more responsive when receiving focus.

Opening Image Files from Dreamweaver

In earlier versions of Fireworks MX 2004, opening image files from within local Dreamweaver MX 2004 site folders took a significant amount of time if the Dreamweaver site preference for “Enable file check in and check out” was turned on. You should find that the 7.0.2 updater makes Fireworks MX 2004 much faster when opening image files from within Dreamweaver MX 2004 site folders who's site preference to "Enable file check in and check out” is turned on.

Resolved issues in the 7.0.1 updater

The 7.0.1 updater addressed bugs throughout Fireworks MX 2004. All bug fixes addressed in the 7.0.1 updater are included in the 7.0.2 updater. There are many bug fixes for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Listed below are some of the more important issues that affected users in Fireworks MX 2004:

Compatibility with Adobe® Photoshop® CS and Adobe Image Ready® CS files

The previous version of Fireworks would sometimes crash when opening Photoshop files created using the most recent versions of Adobe Photoshop CS and Adobe Image Ready CS. This update fixes this problem.

Interoperability with Macromedia Dreamweaver

This update fixes the following interoperability problems with Macromedia Dreamweaver®:

  • Some extensions (Web Photo Album and InstaGraphics) would fail in Dreamweaver because of an issue with the Fireworks JavaScript layer
  • Launch & Edit problems when using Dreamweaver in double-byte environments
  • Fireworks failed to preserve double-byte characters correctly when round tripping with Dreamweaver

File transfer passwords using the File Management feature

Site passwords containing special characters (such as "@") now work correctly from within Fireworks. The workaround described in this TechNote is no longer necessary.

Additional bugs fixed in the 7.0.1 updater

  • Altering slice width no longer causes Fireworks to hang or freeze on the Macintosh
  • You can now preview the effect of the Unsharp Mask filter multiple times on the Macintosh
  • Using Launch & Edit to open JPEG files with double-byte filenames from Macromedia Flash® no longer displays questions marks ( "?" ) in place of the filename
  • The Save As command now correctly determines the default location in which to save files
  • Using the Nested Tables-No Spacers option no longer inserts "undefined" attributes in the exported HTML code
  • Using Microsoft® TweakUI PowerToy® in conjunction with Fireworks no longer causes problems with Fireworks file dialog boxes
  • The Macromedia Online Forum menu item is now enabled on the Macintosh
  • Importing or opening Macromedia FreeHand® files with an embedded SWF no longer causes Fireworks to crash

Other resources

Fireworks extensions - New functionality for Fireworks MX 2004, including commands and panels, is available on the Macromedia Exchange for Fireworks. Users familiar with JavaScript and Macromedia Flash created new dialogs and panels for Fireworks MX 2004 and submitted them to the Fireworks Exchange. Several of these user-created extensions ship with Fireworks MX 2004 and can be identified by launching the Macromedia Extension Manager and selecting Fireworks MX 2004 from the product popup menu.

You can download new extensions for Fireworks MX 2004 and the latest version of the Extension Manager from the Macromedia website. Fireworks MX 2004 supports the Extension Manager 1.6 release; if you are using an earlier version of the Extension Manager, please download and install version 1.6.

Data-Driven Graphics Wizard sample files - A collection of example files (Fireworks Template PNG, XML file, and graphic images) inside the Samples folder can be used to demonstrate the capabilities of this feature.

Trial downloads - Trial downloads of Macromedia products are available on the Macromedia Downloads page .

Installing the updater

If you already have Fireworks MX 2004 installed, you do not need to uninstall the software prior to running the updater installer. This updater installs on top of Fireworks MX 2004. Exit from Fireworks before running the updater installer. You must be logged in as an administrator to run the updater installer.

Start the updater installer, and follow the instructions to update your previously installed Macromedia product.

Issues in Fireworks MX 2004 for both Macintosh and Windows

Start Page initiates a dial-up Internet connection - Currently, if you have your network Internet settings for a dial-up Internet connection configured to automatically dial when an attempt is made to access the Internet, then Fireworks MX 2004 will initiate this process each time the application is launched and/or the Start Page is displayed in the Fireworks application. The Start Page is designed to retrieve and display current information about Fireworks from the Macromedia website via a SWF movie interface.

To prevent this from occurring, you can choose to no longer display the Start Page by clicking the "Don't show again" checkbox in the Start Page or by unselecting the General Preference for Launch Options> Display Start Page to turn this off.

Adobe® Photoshop® 6 and 7 filters - Plug-in filters that ship with Adobe Photoshop 6 and 7 do not work in Fireworks MX 2004 because of undocumented changes in Photoshop's plug-in API. However, third-party image filters that work in Photoshop generally also work in Fireworks.

Dreamweaver behaviors not preserved by Fireworks when applied to buttons - Dreamweaver behaviors applied to Fireworks MX 2004 buttons are not preserved when roundtripping HTML between the two products. There are two workarounds to solve this issue:

  • Don't apply Dreamweaver behaviors to Fireworks MX 2004 buttons in Dreamweaver. Instead, apply your Dreamweaver behaviors to sliced images in the Fireworks table. Fireworks MX 2004 will preserve the Dreamweaver behaviors when roundtripping as long as you don't apply them to a Fireworks button.
  • If you're going to apply behaviors to buttons, apply all of them in Fireworks MX 2004. For instance, if you create a nav bar made of several buttons in Fireworks, and you want a pop-up menu applied to each button, create the pop-up menus in Fireworks, then export the HTML to Dreamweaver. You can then edit the pop-up menus while in Dreamweaver and Fireworks will preserve those edits while roundtripping, so long as the pop-up menu was originally created in Fireworks rather than Dreamweaver.

Using double-byte text with Data-Driven Graphics Wizard - The Data-Driven Graphics Wizard has been updated for this release and supports external data files in XML format only. When using the Data-Driven Graphics Wizard to replace Fireworks variables with double-byte text such as Japanese, Chinese or Korean, follow these guidelines:

  • Use UTF-8 encoding for your XML file.
  • The output folder cannot contain double-byte text; please use single-byte text instead.
  • Only the element data can be double-byte, i.e. element names in the XML and variable names in the template PNG must use single-byte text.

Macintosh-only issues

Importing FreeHand files with linked images - FreeHand files that contain linked images may not display the linked images when imported into Fireworks MX 2004. This will occur if the links to the images have been broken. To avoid this problem, you can choose one of the following two options:

  • Make sure that all links are valid and saved while inside FreeHand before importing into Fireworks MX 2004.
  • Embed these graphics within the FreeHand file before importing into Fireworks MX 2004.

If you plan to share these files with another user, please make sure to include all of the linked images with the main FreeHand file.

Start Page will not open a new browser window if Opera is the default browser - If Opera is your system's default browser, clicking links on the Fireworks MX 2004 Start Page will launch Opera, but a new browser window will not be displayed. The workaround for this issue is to select the following menu options: System preferences > Internet > Web: Default Web Browser > Choose a different browser.

Plug-ins for OS X - Third-party Photoshop plug-ins developed for OS 9 are not visible in Fireworks MX 2004 on OS X.

FreeHand MX & Dreamweaver MX 2004 will not Launch and Edit in Fireworks MX 2004 - It may appear that FreeHand MX (version 11.0.1) and Dreamweaver MX 2004 cannot launch Fireworks MX 2004 to edit files. In both programs, you must first specify the editor for each specific file type inside Preferences in order to launch and edit into Fireworks.

Using double-byte text with Data-Driven Graphics Wizard - When using double-byte text with the Data-Driven Graphics Wizard (DDGW) on Macintosh, please follow these guidelines, in addition to the ones mentioned previously:

  • XML file must be created on Mac (creator type must be "TEXT") in order to open it in the DDGW. This can be done using a general text editor.
  • Replacement text (defined in XML file) can be double-byte, but the exported graphics will only show correct characters if the text block that defines the associated variables uses the appropriate font; for example, Japanese font must be used for the text block that contains the defined variables in order to show Japanese characters in the exported file.

Documentation errata

Dodge and Burn values - The range of acceptable values for the Dodge & Burn feature, as reported in the Lightening and Darkening Pixels topic of Using Fireworks (Working with Bitmaps chapter), is 1–100%, not 0–100%.

Using the File Management button - In the “Using the File Management button” topic in chapter 13 (Optimizing and Exporting) of Using Fireworks, in the Note on page 20 (sentence 3), “sFTP” was mistakenly changed to “FTP” . This change makes the information technically inaccurate. The correct sentence reads: "File Management commands can be used for files that reside in sites that use Local/Network and FTP transport methods, but not sFTP or third-party transport methods such as SourceSafe, WebDAV, and RDS."

System requirements - In the first chapter of Getting Started with Fireworks MX 2004, the system requirements are incorrect. The following are the correct system requirements for Fireworks MX 2004:

Microsoft Windows:

  • 600 MHz Intel Pentium III Processor or equivalent
  • Windows 98 SE (4.10.2222 A), Windows 2000, or Windows XP
  • 128 MB of available RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • 150 MB available disk space


  • 500 MHz PowerPC G3 Processor
  • OS X version 10.2.6 or later
  • 128 MB of available RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • 100 MB of available disk space

The downloadable PDF on has been updated to reflect the correct system requirements, but any local versions of the document that you might have (including the Getting Started guide in Fireworks Help) will be incorrect. You can download the updated PDF at the Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 Documentation Center.

Reporting a bug

Found a bug? Your first step should be to contact Macromedia Customer Support. They can help you resolve issues and they can also log bugs. If you are no longer eligible for support, please use the Macromedia Software Feature Request and Bug Report form.

Note: Due to the high volume of e-mail we receive, we are unable to respond to every request.

Thank you for using Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004, and for taking the time to send us your feedback!

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