Adobe Fireworks 8 Upgrade

Adobe Fireworks 8 Upgrade
For those of you familiar with AdobeR MacromediaR FireworksR, you already know how popular this software is for creating web graphics. Fireworks' graphics optimizing features are among the best on the market, as are their user-friendly wizards for creating image maps, rollovers, and pop-up menus. If Fireworks had any limitations in the past, the newest upgrade to version 8 has answered many of your feature requests.

Working with Text

In an attempt at filling in those gaps, there are three new features that make working with text much easier. The first is the new Special Characters Panel which has those characters that aren't really text characters such as the registered, copyright and trademark symbols. Now using this new panel, you can insert these characters into your text just as easily as you can in a word processing program. The second improvement is in the Layers Panel. When you add text to your image, the layer containing the text will automatically be labeled to reflect the text on that layer. It sounds like a little thing, but it really is a time saver and a big help when working with many text layers at one time.

You will also notice that the Text on a Path feature has been improved in that the text remains editable after it is attached to the shape of the path.


Image Editing

Image editing has been improved considerably with the addition of 25 new blend modes along with a new Image Editing Panel. The new blends work like those found in PhotoshopR and the most frequently used tools, such as red eye removal, crop, scale, blur, sharpen, dodge and burn, have been combined into the new Image Editing Panel. As with DreamweaverR and FlashR, you have complete control of these tools in the Property Inspector.

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