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Fireworks 4

A Powerful Web Tool
by Rick Smith (February 23, 2001)

Introduction
Feature Overview
Feature: Powerful Pop-Up Menu Creator
Feature: Easier Rollover changes
Feature: Powerful Batch Processing
Feature: Lossless Round Trip edits
Feature: Precise Export Controls
Feature: Selective JPEG compression
Conclusion

A great number of powerful features have been added to and remain part of Fireworks 4. The most important features, illustrated on the following pages, are:

  • Pop-Up Menu Creator - multi-level menus can be easily created without writing code.

  • Easier Rollover changes - rollover buttons remained linked to visual cue.

  • Powerful Batch Processing - images can be resized, adjusted and renamed in "batch" operation.

  • Lossless Round trip edits - Custom code remains intact between edits

  • Precise export controls - file extension and HTML format can be accurately defined - no more renaming!

  • Selective JPG compression - unimportant background portions of images can be heavily compressed, while the subject remains clear and distinct resulting in smaller file size.

    Other important features are:

  • Resolution independent Vector graphics that can be easily created within Fireworks. These layers can be preserved for further edits.

  • Tables that survive the "round trip" edit process between applications.

  • Easy creation of GIF animations that involve motion, scaling, rotating or fading of an object over several frames.

  • Easy modifications to text, fonts and URLs within HTML pages, that don't require using an external program.

  • Creation of text, live effects, layers and object masks that can also be edited in Photoshop.

  • A layers panel that resembles the layers palette in Photoshop.

    Let's continue on our journey, as I detail some of the important Fireworks 4 features.

    Feature: Powerful Pop-Up Menu Creator

    Introduction

    Copyright 2001 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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