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Fireworks CS5 Cross Project Integration

Although AdobeR FireworksR is considered a graphics program by most, it is designed for building multi-page documents, much like you can in IllustratorR. For example, a restaurant guide for a mobile phone may have many pages "inside" one Fireworks PNG file. When opened into the workspace, these pages can be quickly accessed via the Pages panel. This panel works much like the Layers panel but in the Pages panel each "layer" contains one page of the document. Clicking on a page in the Pages panel makes that page the active page in the document.

Fireworks CS5 has some new features when importing pages from an unopened PNG file into a working document. The Import Page dialog box contains a drop-down menu which lists all the pages to be imported from the PNG file and displays a preview of the page selected from the menu. Of course, you can also control where in your working document's page sequence the imported page will be placed.

These pages that you have created in Fireworks can be easily used in a Flash, Illustrator or Photoshop project due to the Fireworks FXG export option. With this FXG format, the elements in your Fireworks design, such as text, layers and opacity, are preserved on export. Therefore, this same design can be imported into FlashR CatalystTM, Flash Professional, Flash BuilderTM, PhotoshopR and Illustrator.

Let's continue discussing how easy it is to create documents for mobile devices with the integration of Fireworks and Adobe Device Central. Starting a new mobile device project in Fireworks is only a few clicks away. Beginning in Fireworks, you can automatically switch to Device Central by clicking File Device Central. Device Central contains profiles for most of the mobile devices on the market and will automatically create a new document, with the correct dimensions for your chosen device, in Fireworks.

Once Device Central opens on your desktop, it automatically checks online resources for up-to-date profiles. You will use the Search function to locate your chosen device in the Device Library panel. Next, the Device Library panel changes to display the details for that device. Click the Create button and you are automatically taken back to Fireworks and your new project document. But that's not where it ends. Once you have built your project in Fireworks, you can go back to Device Central for a preview of your project as it will appear in your chosen mobile device.

*Adobe provided a review copy to me free of charge.

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