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What do "fantastic," "fabulous," and "fun" have in common? All three of these words describe the creative work you can do with Flash, Fireworks, and FreeHand. The Macromedia MX2004 Studio "Fab Three" together give you the tools to create art and animations for the web and other media. Combine these with Dreamweaver and you have a dynamic set of tools. Did you know that all three - Flash, Fireworks, and FreeHand - can create animations? Of course, Flash is the most well known and the most powerful tool for web animations. Fireworks and FreeHand can create the graphics for simple animations to use in Flash and export in the SWF format. Fireworks is quite unique because it can create graphics, open and import vector art from FreeHand, create animated GIFs, and open animated GIFs created in other applications for enhancing. Why would you want to create an animated GIF w... (more)

Repurposing Fireworks Web Design Comps for Extra Dollars

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those web site design comps - even the ones the clients rejected? Are you looking for new ideas and ways to use your design skills with Fireworks? It's time to break free of the browser and HTML restrictions, unleash your creativity, and let the graphic power of Fireworks take you in a new direction: PowerPoint Design Templates. It only takes a few modifications and enhancements to the original PNG files, export as a PNG, and import into PowerPoint. Even Fireworks-generated button images import into PowerPoint to use as customized bullet... (more)