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Lisa Lopuck is an award-winning web designer, a highly regarded speaker at web conferences around the world, and a best-selling author. She has been on Macromedia's Fireworks advisory board since the product's inception and for the last 10 years has consulted as web creative strategist for numerous high-profile companies including eBay, Inktomi, Palm, Sprint, National Geographic, Twentieth Century Fox, Microsoft, and Apple. She was the founder and Chief Creative Officer of eHandsOn.com, an online learning company, and in 1996 was cofounder and Creative Director of the award-winning web design firm Electravision. Lopuck holds a bachelor of arts in communication design from UCLA.
Jeffrey Bardzell is an e-learning specialist at Indiana University. He also is a Macromedia software trainer and author, e-learning consultant, occasional literature instructor, and former education policy analyst. His computer publications include Special Edition Using Fireworks MX (Que Publishing, August 2002, ISBN: 0789727269), Fireworks 4 Expert Edge (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, July 2001 ISBN: 0072131462), Flash 5: An Architectural Approach (an online curriculum at eHandsOn), and contributions to the Flash 5 Bible (Hungry Minds, Inc., February 2001, ISBN: 0764535153). His academic publications include Improving Early Reading and Literacy (Corwin, forthcoming) as well as several articles on early literacy, school finance reform, and epic poetry.
Joyce J. Evans has more than 10 years of experience in educational teaching, tutorial development, and web design. She has received Editors' Choice awards for her Fireworks 4 f/x & Design book (The Coriolis Group, May 2001, ISBN: 1576109968) and has authored numerous graphic design titles including Dreamweaver MX Complete Course (Hungry Minds, Inc., September 2002, ISBN: 0764536869). She also has contributed to several books such as Dreamweaver 4: The Complete Reference (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, May 2001, ISBN: 0072131713) and Dreamweaver MX/Fireworks MX Savvy (Sybex, May 2002, 0782141110). Joyce actively writes reviews and articles for several graphic design magazines.
Steven Grosvenor is cofounder of http://www.phireworx.com, a Fireworks resource site, coauthor of Dreamweaver MX Expert Edge (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, July 2002, ISBN: 0072223553) and is Senior Systems Architect for a managed Internet security company in the United Kingdom. Grosvenor's background is in cross-platform systems integration, interface design, and interaction and architecture design. Demand from users for a customized, interactive experience led him to develop and create many timesaving and creative commands and behaviors for Dreamweaver, vastly reducing deployment time for corporate sites and increasing their portability and scalability. His drive to increase team productivity led him to develop extensibility add-ons for other products in the Macromedia web suite including Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, and Flash MX. One of the new breeds of commands for Fireworks MX, "Twist and Fade 3.0," created by Grosvenor, had the accolade of shipping with Fireworks MX. His other publications include several Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX tutorials, which can be found at http://www.macromedia.com.
Joe Marini received his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991. He has been developing software professionally for 15 years for companies such as Quark, mFactory, and Macromedia, and he was a founding partner of his own company, Lepton Technologies. While at Macromedia, Marini was an original member of the Dreamweaver development team and represented the company at the W3C's DOM Working Group. Marini lives and works in San Francisco, California, with his wife, Stacy, and dog, Milo.
Abigail Rudner is an artist, designer, trainer, and consultant specializing in web and interface design and photo illustration. She has worked with clients including Levi's, Wells Fargo, The Wall Street Journal, America Online, Absolute Vodka, Apple, Microsoft, FAD and Publish! Magazines. She has taught web design and related topics with love and enthusiasm across the United States for the better part of 10 years. Rudner holds a bachelor of fine arts from Parsons School of Design.
Ann-Marie Yerks is an author, instructor, and fine artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She recently worked with New Riders Publishing as lead author of Inside Dreamweaver 4 (ISBN: 0735710848), which was published in May 2001. Yerks also has developed online classes for New York University's virtual campus, for Sessions.edu, and has taught web design at George Washington University. She began working with Fireworks several years ago in her job as a web developer for the Journal of Commerce. She also has worked on web sites for PBS, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the University of Michigan, and she has contributed to a variety of books and publications, including Web Review, Intranets Unleashed, and Lycos.com.
|1||Unbelievable Vector Illustration||2|
|2||Brilliant Bitmap Collage||16|
|4||Background Tile Design||52|
|5||Animated Product Showcase||64|
|6||Dynamic Interface Design||76|
|8||Large-Scale Link Management||104|
|9||The Ultimate Navigational Bar||114|
|10||Perfect Pop-Up Menus||126|
|11||To Dreamweaver and Back||140|
|12||Instantly Updated Web Sites||154|
|13||Automagic Graphic Production||170|
|15||Powerful Fireworks Extensions||200|
|What's on the CD-ROM||228|
Posted July 5, 2002
FIREWORKS MX MAGIC AUTHOR: Lisa Lopuck PUBLISHER: New Riders REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades Vector images. Do you know how to change them, add or subtract something from them? The first chapter in Fireworks MX Magic will teach you how. How about bitmaps? Can you take one bitmap and change it into something else? Chapter two will help you do it. Ever have a small picture that you would LOVE to use for a background but when you try all you see are many small pictures. There is a chapter on creating seamless tiles. Then there are ways to make buttons so they are interactive and animated by importing URLs and hot spots. You can also learn to animate by using a timeline. Create great navigation bars with hot spots and have them be connected. Why connected? That way when you make a change to one of the navigation bars, all will change to match. And don¿t forget, you can learn how to export to Dreamweaver, do batch processing, use project logs with the find and replace to update web sites. And finally, Fireworks extensions as Java script snippets are accessed in the Command menu of Fireworks. Don¿t know how? Check out this book. Do you use Fireworks for your graphic needs? Do you REALLY use it or just the main tools? Get Fireworks MX Magic and learn how to use all of the tools in Fireworks.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2002
Fireworks MX Magic is a gret way to get a head start if you want to bypass the rather dry manual from Macromedia and hate sifting through page after page of on-line documentation. The diagrams and step-by-step projects are simple to follow and rewarding for beginning users. The batch processing tutorials are very helpful, even for advanced users who forget or seldom use this very powerful set of features in Fireworks MX. One of the features I was hoping for was an easier way to make translucent pop-up menus. I can code these by hand, but I wish someone would create an extension or figure out some shortcuts to create this attractive way of making pop-up menus. Overall the book was very easy to read and follow. I would highly recommend it to anyone who uses Fireworks MX.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.