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Things you should know about Fireworks MX/MX2004 - Part 1

This article is the first in a series for Macromedia Fireworks MX/MX2004 that covers features of both versions of Fireworks (FW), ranging from beginner to intermediate. This article assumes you have either little or no knowledge of Fireworks but are familiar with general web graphics. This article in particular covers both bitmap and vector tools, features available in MX like custom Styles, and new features in MX2004 (Auto Shapes).

Fireworks: Birthed for the web

Ask any print designer what their print-graphics tool of choice is and you'd hear Adobe Photoshop be the winner. Ask any web designer what their web-graphics tool of choice is and Adobe doesn't entirely win that round. Being the favourite “kid in town,” Macromedia Fireworks was birthed entirely for web production, not just web graphics.

Fireworks has industry leading tools for graphics editing and design. If you ask around, you'll find that many designers/developers use Fireworks for entire web designs... even if they need to work with a designer who (currently) uses only Adobe software. How, or why, could we Fireworks fans survive in an Adobe world?! Read on because this is not anti-Adobe, but the start of a series showing how the other half of your Studio MX/MX2004 works!

 

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FREE! Fireworks: Rollover Buttons 2

In another free tutorial for Fireworks beginners Joyce J. Evans is going to revisit the topic of rollover buttons. This time however, she'll be describing a different route to making them and WON'T be using the button editor unlike last time.

Again this tutorial is in the form of a video - so to view the tutorial just follow this link (don't worry about the lack of cursor icon change - the link works just fine).

This tutorial was originally published, on Joyce's personal web site, where Joyce has tutorials, reviews and resources to help the new Web developer develop their skills.

 

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FREE! Fireworks: Rollover Buttons

In this second free tutorial for Fireworks beginners Joyce J. Evans is going to take us through the creation of rollover buttons which have rollover code and slices added automatically.

Since it'll be a symbol automatically, you only have to make the button once and then can reuse your work.

Unusually for DMxzone this tutorial takes the form of a video walk through - so to view the tutorial just follow this link (don't worry about the lack of cursor icon change - the link works just fine).

This tutorial was originally published, on Joyce's personal web site, where Joyce has tutorials, reviews and resources to help the new Web developer develop their skills.

 

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Fireworks Basics: From Navigation Graphic to Stretchy Table

In the first, free, tutorial Joyce J. Evans author of many well-respected books including Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 Zero to Hero, takes us through some basic Fireworks manipulation to build an effective curved navigation graphic. Then Joyce extends this to show us how we can use the graphic to build a stretchy table in Dreamweaver.

This article was originally published, as a set of three, on Joyce's personal web site, where Joyce has tutorials, reviews and resources to help the new Web developer develop their skills.

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