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Adobe Fireworks CS4 manufacturer description
Improved performance new
Work faster and smarter with overall performance enhancements, from file opening and saving to symbol updates and intensive bitmap and vector operations.
Adobe PDF file export new
Generate high-fidelity, protected Adobe PDF documents from your Fireworks design comps for enhanced client communication. Help safeguard your designs with optional password protection — separate passwords can be created for viewing and other tasks such as printing, copying, and commenting.
Live Styles enhanced
Customize a Fireworks object or text with professionally designed styles or your own custom collection of styles. Update applied effects, colors, and text attributes for all instances of a style by modifying a single style source.
Styles panel upgrades enhanced
Work more efficiently with the enhanced Styles panel. With the click of an icon, choose between default Fireworks styles, current document styles, or styles from other libraries. Multiple style sets can easily be accessed.
Sophisticated prototyping enhanced
Creatively design interactive layouts for websites and rich Internet applications (RIAs). Export website comps to Adobe® Dreamweaver® software as standards-compliant, CSS-based layouts, and bring RIA prototypes into Adobe Flex® software with professional-quality coding.
Workspace improvements enhanced
Quickly place Smart Guides on your canvas for swift, accurate positioning and measurement of guides and elements — the heads-up display lets you know where you are on the canvas as you drag guides in place. Edit symbols in place for precise symbol refinement in context with the rest of your design.
Optimization and scaling tools enhanced
Optimize graphics for virtually any delivery scenario with preview, cross-platform gamma preview, selective JPEG compression, and a wide range of export controls. Intelligently scale buttons and graphic symbols (in vector or bitmap) with 9-slice scaling. Combine 9-slice scaling with the Auto Shape Library to accelerate website and application prototyping.
Cross-platform support enhanced
Work how you want to work: Fireworks CS4 is available for PowerPC® and Intel® based Macs as well as Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista® systems.
Customizable and reusable assets enhanced
Jump-start your design process with the Common Library, a repository of graphic symbols, form elements, text symbols, and animations frequently used in web and software applications, interfaces, and websites. Expand your collection with your own custom symbols and styles for continued rapid design.
RIA authoring support new
Prototype layouts for RIAs in Fireworks and then export them directly to Adobe Flex, while retaining absolute positioning, styling, and professional-quality coding.
Collaborate more smoothly
Work faster and smarter with the accelerated performance of Fireworks CS4. Leverage the uniform user interface and core functionality, such as consistent text handling, across Fireworks and other Adobe Creative Suite® 4 components, including Adobe Photoshop® CS4 and Illustrator® CS4 software.
New user interface new
Easily switch from other Creative Suite 4 components — such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash® CS4 Professional software — thanks to a universal user interface design.
Enhanced type handling new
Produce exceptional type designs with the enhanced typesetting capabilities of the Adobe text engine, familiar to users of Photoshop and Illustrator and now in Fireworks. Import or copy/paste double-byte characters from Illustrator (CS3 and CS4) and Photoshop (CS3 and CS4) without loss of fidelity. Float text inside a path for high-impact logos.
Online services enhanced
Access online services from within Fireworks to share your screen with colleagues or clients in a few clicks using Adobe ConnectNow, get targeted search results from the online community, and find color inspiration from your peers with Adobe Kuler™.
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Client collaboration new
Demo in a real-time online meeting with the Adobe ConnectNow service. Generate high-fidelity PDF files or interactive HTML comps for review. Create an Adobe AIR™ prototype to run on any platform.
Superb design tools enhanced
Create and edit vector and bitmap images, or import and modify native Photoshop and Illustrator files. Apply lighting effects, shadow effects, styles, and blend modes, including seven new blend modes from Photoshop, to add depth and character to text and symbols.
Intelligent integration enhanced
Import Photoshop PSD files while retaining hierarchical layers, layer effects, and blend modes and save Fireworks PNG files in native Photoshop format. Import Illustrator AI files while retaining graphic integrity. Copy and paste objects from Fireworks CS4 into Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 software. Export Fireworks PNG files directly to Flash CS4 Professional while maintaining vectors, bitmaps, animations, and multiple states for complete editability.
Design once, deploy to many platforms
Output Fireworks designs to HTML or the application of your choice: Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR™, or Adobe Flex®. Craft custom skins with exceptional design tools. Now your tools will play well together. Design within Fireworks and then export standards-compliant CSS-based layouts — complete with external style sheets — to Dreamweaver CS4. Create components in Fireworks for use in Adobe Flex Builder™ software. Create HTML-based Adobe AIR prototypes directly from Fireworks.
CSS export new
Design complete web pages in a robust graphic environment and then export standards-compliant, CSS-based layouts, complete with external style sheets, in one step. Start with one of the six most common layouts and integrate foreground and background graphics with automatic margin and padding detection. Drop Fireworks rich symbols on your layouts to specify headings, links, and form properties for precise CSS control.
Adobe AIR authoring new
Create your Adobe AIR prototype directly within Fireworks as a click-through mock-up, ready to be deployed to HTML and CSS, Flex, or SWF