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Creating Standards-compliant Web Designs with Fireworks CS4

Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2008 9:00:01 AM by Jim Babbage

Jim Babbage

Fireworks CS4 finally began to answer the problem of designing and exporting standards compliant web pages, with the inclusion of a new export feature, CSS and images. This feature was an enhanced version of the Smart CSS extension which was available for FW CS3.

Well, the shipping version of this CS4 feature still had some issues. but luckily for us, Fireworks evangelist Matt Stow worked with Adobe to improve the export script.

You will find his article and the new export assets on Adobe's web site:

 This article and the support files are definitely worth a read.

Category tags: Adobe, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Education

MAX Day 1 is done

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 1:19:52 AM by Jim Babbage

Jim Babbage

Well day 1 has come to a close (for me, anyway) and it was quite a whirlwind!  The keynote session this morning was pretty cool. There's some pretty amazing stuff happening with AIR, FLEX and Flash in terms of development projects from companies like Disney Interactive and the New York Times Company.

I thought MAX was big last year; the attendance this year is even higher! I'm told there are over 5000 people attending the event.

I ran my first Fireworks Mock Up lab this morning and it went over very well. I'm very happy to not ethat both labs are at capacity (50 people per lab). It is so awesome to see this kind of interest in Fireworks!

It's been a blast hanging with friends; Danilo Celic, Joe Lowery, Alan Musselman and Aaron Beall, Stephanie Sullivan and Greg Rewis and may others. I haven't seen some of these people for months (or longer) so it's nice to get a chance to talk face to face.

This evening, Alan and I tooled around a bit in his car, taking a few night shots of the Bay Bridge and just enjoying the local scenery.

I'll post some photos soon on Flickr and update you when they're online.


Category tags: Adobe, Adobe News, Education, Fireworks, Web Business

Adobe MAX - Upcoming!

Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 7:51:12 PM by Stephanie


Yes, I've been meaning to put this up for quite some time but my schedule of late has made it tough to get much blog writing done. Before Adobe MAX starts, while people are deciding on their sessions, I wanted to make a quick post with more info about my sessions and other MAX happenings. Here they are in order of occurrence:

Greg Rewis (my co-author) and his fellow CS4 Web Tools evangelists will be doing a full day session on Sunday called, Designing Across Media with Adobe Creative Suite 4. This was an extremely popular session last year. The evangelists show how to use the tools in an integrated manor and really get the most out of then to benefit your web projects. Believe me, after writing a book with one of them, I can testify that they know stuff about these tools we never even thought of. ;) You must sign up for this in advance, so act quickly.

Monday, Greg Rewis and I will be doing a book signing at noon. Yes, the CS4 version of our book won't be out till December, but you can pre-order both the book and the upcoming videos. (I've done one for Pearson/Peachpit about Structure and Presentation -- along with CSS tips and tricks. Greg's upcoming video is about Behavior -- Ajax, Spry, Jquery.) Our current CS3 flavored book will be available in real time -- and we're happy to put our scribbles on it for you (or bring it from home if you already own it). If you're sticking with CS3 for a while, that's your best bet. If you'll be upgrading quickly to CS4 (or already have), come pre-order or just meet us. It's always fun to put faces and names together.

Following the book signing, at 2pm, I'll be presenting Standards-Based Solutions to Common Web Design Challenges in Moscone West 2008. This is an intermediate to advanced session and is best for people who already understand the basics of CSS. I will not be reviewing the box model, floating or positioning. We're going to get right into the down and dirty demos. Since my job entails either coding or teaching other people to code, I'll be sharing every day CSS challenges I'm presented with and techniques I commonly use to deal with them. There are many ways to make your CSS more succinct and powerful. This session is filling up fast, so you'll want to log in to the Scheduler and reserve your place soon.

On Wednesday, also at 2pm, I'll present a session called Common Mistakes Print Designers Make on the Web in Moscone West 2011. Don't let the title of this one fool you -- it's not just for print designers. This session covers the ten most common mistakes I see when people are learning to use CSS and web design. This applies, of course, to print people making the transition -- but many of these issues are universal. I promise I did many of these things myself at the beginning. We'll take a look at the common misconception or problem and then the "best practices" way to do it. This session is appropriate for beginner to intermediate levels.

If you've been to MAX before, you know it's a huge conference. Please don't be shy. Come grab me in the hall and introduce yourself. I'm really tall and hard to miss. ;) Feel free to discuss with me the challenges your business is facing. I'm always happy to help out where I can. I look forward to meeting you there!

Category tags: Adobe, Adobe News, CSS, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash