What Is Adobe Fireworks? • Adobe Fireworks CS4 software is used to rapidly prototype websites and application interfaces and to create and optimize images for the web more quickly and accurately. It is ideal for web designers, web developers, and visual designers. • Many features for creating images for the web and application interfaces. • You can also: • create both bitmap and vector images in a single file • design web effects such as rollovers and pop-up menus • crop and optimize graphics to reduce their file size • save time by automating repetitive tasks. • Called “Adobe’s best kept secret” by fans.
History of Fireworks • Originally developed by Macromedia in 1998. (One year after Macromedia releases Flash and Dreamweaver.) • Throughout the mid- to late-1990s and early 2000s, Macromedia acquires a number of smaller companies. • Altsys (FreeHand becomes Illustrator) • FutureWave Software (FutureSplash becomes Flash) • iBand Software (Backstage becomes Dreamweaver)
History of Fireworks • On December 3, 2005, in a $3.4 billion stock swap, Micromedia’s long-time rival, Adobe, purchased Micromedia and all Micromedia products. • Fireworks CS4 was released on September23, 2008. • (219 days ago.)
Vector Images • Vector images: images that are resolution independent. • Common vector formats: • AI (Adobe Illustrator) • CMX (Corel Exchange) • CGM Computer Graphics Metafile • Popular vector drawing programs: • Adobe Illustrator • Adobe Fireworks
Vector images • They can be stretched or resized without reducing resolution. • Less common thanbitmaps.
Bitmap images • Bitmap images: images composed of small squares, known as pixels, that lie on a grid. • Also called Raster images. • Common bitmap formats: • BMP • GIF • JPG • PNG • PCX • PSD (Photoshop) • Popular bitmap editing programs: • Microsoft Paint • Adobe Photoshop
Bitmap images • Most images are bitmap. • They are resolution dependent. • When you expand a bitmap image, it looses resolution and becomes pixilated.
Photoshop versus fireworks • Photostop is used to: • Manipulate photos • Edit images • Primarily bitmap editing
Photoshop versusfireworks • Fireworks is used to: • Create images • Rollovers • Animations • Image maps • Primarily vector image editing
Advantages of Fireworks • Fireworks was designed from the ground up specifically for the task of creating Web site layouts and graphics in an efficient and flexible manner. • You don’t have to switch between multiple applications because the tools were created specifically for web design and web designers. • Although it is primarily a vector application, it has sophisticated bitmap editing features that rival over bitmap applications.
Disadvantages of Fireworks • Expensive • Around $285 • Harder to use than other programs • i.e. Photoshop • Sometimes confusing
How can we use it • Can be used to enhance projects in other programs. • Can be used with other Adobe products: • Flash • Dreamweaver • Photoshop • Create web site layouts and graphic. • Streamlines the process.
Resources Used http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Fireworks/9.0/ http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks/faq/ http://www.pixelyzed.com/pixelforge/whychoosefireworks/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_graphics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raster_graphics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Fireworks http://firetuts.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macromedia
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