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Macromedia Fireworks MX Release Notes
This document addresses issues that are not discussed in the Macromedia Fireworks MX documentation. This document may be updated as more information becomes available.

System requirements
Issues for both Windows and Macintosh
Windows-only issues
Macintosh-only issues
Reporting a bug to the Fireworks team


System requirements
Windows®    Macintosh®
300 MHz Intel® Pentium® II processor or better    Power Macintosh G3 processor
Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows NT®4 (Service Pack 6), Windows 2000, or Windows XP   Mac® OS 9.1 and higher, or OS 10.1 and higher
64 MB of free available system RAM (128 MB recommended)   64 MB of free available system RAM (128 MB recommended)
80 MB of available hard-disk space    80 MB of available hard-disk space
800 x 600, 8-bit (256 colors) color display resolution or better    800 x 600, 8-bit (256 colors) color display resolution or better
Adobe® Type Manager® Version 4 or later with Type 1 fonts    Adobe® Type Manager® Version 4 or later with Type 1 fonts (OS 9.x)
CD-ROM drive   CD-ROM drive

Issues for both Windows and Macintosh

Change to Managing Panels - Tabbed panels within panel groups have changed slightly in appearance and functionality since the documentation was written, although your interface is still customizable. Tabbed panels that can be rearranged now offset like pages of a book as you switch between tabs. These changes were made to comply with U.S. court decisions.

Panels can be moved between panel groups by choosing Group Panel With from the Options menu in the title bar of each expanded panel. You can also change panel groupings using a context menu: Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh) the panel group’s title bar to view the context menu.

When you attempt to drag a tab, an alert dialog reminds you to use the context menu or panel Options menu to move tabbed panels between panel groups.

Pop-up Menu Enhancements - Pop-up menus can be created in both Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX, and can be maintained between the two applications using Roundtrip HTML editing. Now you can create a horizontal or vertical pop-up menu, and determine border characteristics, cell spacing, and cell size independently from text size. You can also set placement of menus relative to the trigger object as well as placement of submenus relative to the trigger menu item or main pop-up menu. Fireworks automatically generates JavaScript code for you; exported menus are fully compatible with Dreamweaver MX.

Enhanced Support for Roundtrip HTML Editing - Fireworks MX preserves table alignment set in Dreamweaver, many Dreamweaver Behaviors, and nearly all cell properties when using Roundtrip HTML editing with Dreamweaver MX. Any HTML code that falls between table cell <td> tags (such as a Macromedia Flash SWF for example), is preserved by Fireworks during launch-and-edit with Dreamweaver.

Fireworks Extensions - Fireworks MX uses the Macromedia Exchange to add new functionality, including Commands and draggable panels. Users familiar with JavaScript and Macromedia Flash MX can add new dialogs or panels to Fireworks MX. Several of these user-created features ship with Fireworks MX, including the Data-Driven Graphics Wizard and the Align panel.

You can download new extensions for Fireworks MX and the latest version of the Macromedia Extension Manager from the Macromedia Exchange. Fireworks MX supports Extension Manager 1.5 or later.

Enhanced HTML output - In addition to HTML, Fireworks MX now exports Generic XHTML as well as Dreamweaver and GoLive XHTML. Additionally, you can export HTML or XHTML from Fireworks MX with UTF-8 encoding.

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

Network License Detection and Firewalls - Upon launching a Macromedia application, users who have firewall software installed may get a firewall alert saying that the application is attempting to access the Internet. This alert is caused by Network License Detection code operating across a local network. No information is sent to Macromedia during Network License Detection.

The purpose of Network License Detection is to prevent a single-user license from being used simultaneously on multiple computers. Network License Detection will detect a license violation and prohibit an additional copy of the application from launching.

Consult the documentation for your firewall software to determine how to prevent this alert from appearing upon launch.

Data-Driven Graphics Wizard - The Data-Driven Graphics Wizard supports external data files only in XML format. The reference to support for comma-delimited data in the What's New movie is incorrect.

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 double-byte fonts for the variable text inside your Fireworks template.
  • Use UTF-8 encoding for your XML file.
  • Use either double-byte or single-byte text for your data, but use single-byte text for the variable names.

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

Duplicate Hotspots in PNG Files - If a hotspot overlays multiple slices or slice guides, duplicate hotspots can be created in a PNG file when using Roundtrip HTML editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks. These duplicate hotspots will be visible on the Web Layer within the Layers panel.

To avoid this problem, make sure that hotspots do not span multiple slices or slice guides. Or, open the affected PNG file directly in Fireworks MX instead of using launch and edit from Dreamweaver.

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

Opening Fireworks Files with Missing Fonts - Opening older Fireworks files that require fonts not installed on your computer will produce a dialog that asks if you want to "maintain appearance" of the text objects. Since files created by older versions of Fireworks do not contain the text previews necessary for maintaining the appearance, you should choose the Replace Fonts option when opening older files. Files saved in Fireworks MX can properly maintain appearance when viewed on a system that does not have the needed fonts.

Trio Motors - Trio Motors, the sample company used in the tutorials and other example material, is a fictional company.


Macintosh-only issues

F12 Key Does Not Preview in Browser on MacOS X- On earlier versions of MacOS X, the F12 key will eject a CD instead of Previewing in Browser. This was fixed by Apple in MacOS 10.1.3 and later. Use Software Update from the system Preferences panel to update your operating system. Specifically, Apple added a delay of a second or so before the F12 key ejects the CD. If you hold the button down, it should eject, but if you press and release it immediately, Fireworks will Preview in Browser.

Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000 Plug-ins - Using Eye Candy 4000 v4.0 plug-ins as live effects in Fireworks MX can cause portions of the Property Inspector UI to be disabled. Please Contact Alien Skin Software for information on an updated version of Eye Candy 4000.

Plug-ins for OS 9 - Third-party Photoshop plug-ins that work on OS 9 will not be visible inside Fireworks on OS X. Contact the original vendors to obtain OS X versions of those plug-ins. To continue to use older plug-ins, launch Fireworks MX in the Classic environment.


Windows-only issues

Welcome Movie Appears Blank, and Readme File Cannot Open from the Answers Panel - Installing to a custom location that includes double-byte characters such as Japanese, Korean or Chinese in the file path will result in the Welcome movie appearing blank when the application is launched, and the Readme link in the Answers Panel will not open the readme file as expected.

To avoid this problem, install using a custom path name that does not contain double-byte characters, or open the Readme file from the Macromedia group in the Start menu.

(Trial Version Only) Redraw Problems when Resizing Panels - The trial version of Fireworks MX can experience redraw problems in some panels and panel groups when they are resized or repositioned on the screen. To correct the issue, you can either force a redraw of the panels by switching to another panel in a group and then switching back, or you can drag a panel group in and out of the panel docking area. This problem is associated with the Fireworks MX trial and the technology used for software expiration control. The problem does not exist in the shipping version of Fireworks MX. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause during your trial experience with Fireworks MX.

Reporting a bug to the Macromedia Fireworks team
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, and for taking the time to send us your feedback!