Foundation Fireworks CS4

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Are you a web designer who is looking for a new and quicker way to prototype and create for the web? Perhaps you are a programmer who finds most design tools to be overkill for what you need to get done. Or, maybe you're an old Fireworks pro, who wants to get up-to-date on the changes in Creative Suite 4. Either way, this book has something for you.

  • Coverage of all that's new and powerful for the Web designer and developer in Fireworks CS4
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Overview

Are you a web designer who is looking for a new and quicker way to prototype and create for the web? Perhaps you are a programmer who finds most design tools to be overkill for what you need to get done. Or, maybe you're an old Fireworks pro, who wants to get up-to-date on the changes in Creative Suite 4. Either way, this book has something for you.

  • Coverage of all that's new and powerful for the Web designer and developer in Fireworks CS4
  • Targets developers who want design tools that don't get in their way and designers who want development tools that don't constrain their creativity
  • Do all your website and page prototypes and comps in one tool and learn how to take them straight to Dreamweaver to implement your designs


What you’ll learn

  • Why Fireworks vs. any other graphics Web design tool
  • How to use Fireworks as a compliment to web development
  • How to integrate Fireworks into an enterprise environment
  • How to master a tool that boasts extreme versatility


Who this book is for

Code savvy designers, or web developers who want to refine their design sensibilities. Either way, the individual(s) will be those who want to enhance their work-flow with a graphics tool that allows them to quickly get things done, rather than getting in their way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430216186
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/27/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Nathan Smith is a goofy guy who enjoys practicing and preaching web standards. By day, he works as an information architect and interface designer at Geniant.com. By night, he is finishing a master of divinity degree via online classes from Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2005, he started Godbit.com as a resource to help the church better understand how to utilize web standards, and blogs about design semi-regularly at his site SonSpring.com. He has been described by family and friends as mildly amusing, but is really quite dull.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    If you know Photoshop/Illustrator, this book can help you switch to web design tool

    There are not so many books about Fireworks and this is really a shame because Fireworks is a really good tool - take some Photoshop , add some Paintshop Pro and Illustrator and you get an excellent tool for web design.

    This book is meant for anyone who already entered in the world of web design and had experience with Photoshop or Illustrator. This book can be really useful to all interaction designers and Flex/AIR developer because it can help them improve visual experience of their' web applications.
    When you start reading this book you'll realize this book is not for dummies. First chapters give an overview what can you do with Fireworks and which tools/palettes/effects can be used for improving your working skills. Don't expect many details about these tools, you will get guidelines where to find a solution for your problem".

    As I said, this book is dedicated to web designer and how to improve your work with bitmaps and vectors, how to create a page header, how to use pickers and selectors for both types of graphics. There is a quiet interesting chapter about creating standard please wait"- Ajax animation. I'm sure this chapter can help you build your own image for this purpose.

    It the next few chapters you will learn more about creating visual prototypes of Flex/AIR application, Flex skinning and exporting and preparing your design for web developers. Since latest Fireworks CS4 version and CS5 version support FXG export, you can try experimenting with new information and how to use it in this new environment.

    Overall, it's not bad idea to learn more about setting your graphics for final web layout. Flex skinning topics are little bit out-dated because new Flex 4 component framework (Spark) has a different architecture but you can use these fresh information for creating layout protypes, exporting them to FXG and creating new Spark skins in just a few minutes.

    Since there's Fireworks CS5 on the market, I expect we will have a new edition of this book available in our bookshops.
    I have to say, this book has three really good case studies - how to create a web layout for your blog, how to create a web design and how to refactor it for typical CSS template. Third case study is about creating a decent web shop layout - pretty useful tutorial.
    Summary - really useful book for all web designers who want to use a tool for web designers.

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