Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:32:16 AM by Tom Muck
Community MX has grown over the years to the point where we will hit 1500 pieces of content tomorrow -- articles, tutorials, and extensions. The following is a list of various ways to keep track of new content and find existing content at Community MX:
Main list of CMX categories:
Main RSS feed
Add CMX feed to Google feed reader:
Full list of RSS feeds by author, category, most popular searched:
CMXTraneous blog RSS feed:
CMXTraneous full post RSS feed:
All CMXTraneous RSS feeds:
Add CMXTraneous to Google feed reader:
Free Community MXtra Central application:
Free Community MX sidebar for Firefox:
Free Context Help extension for Dreamweaver, including CMX search:
Update: The calendar is a good way to see daily content (thanks Laurie):http://www.communitymx.com/calendar.cfm
Posted Sunday, February 19, 2006 9:32:18 PM by Jim Babbage
Well today is kind of a special day. Our two newest tutorials tell you how to do the very same thing.
But in different programs.
That's right ladies and gentlemen, web geeks of all ages; come one, come all and see the Amazing Edge Effects Mastery of both Photoshop and Fireworks.
Read in awe and wonder (or pretend to, for the authors' benefits) how you can easily create extraordinary edge effects without having to purchase any extra software what-so-ever!
OK, maybe I went a little over the big top with that. But if you've read many of my tutorials, one thing you'll notice is that every once in a while I write a piece that takes a Photoshop technique and puts a Fireworks spin to it. Today, you have - I think - a visual treat. Knut Kubenz, our newest partner and Photoshop guru shows you how to create some very nifty framing and edge effects using just Photoshop.
Not to be outdone (I shamelessly admit his tutorial inspired me) I take you on a similar voyage using Fireworks as my creative tool of choice.
There will be no bashing of software features in these articles; I use both on a regular basis and they both have their strengths and their weaknesses. They are two very different programs from their foundations on up and I think this is great and useful. And it's very important to understand how they are different.
So faithful readers, without giving too much away, make sure to have a peek at both articles, and you'll see where some of those strengths are for both applications.
And of course, have fun!
Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:20:10 PM by Jim Babbage
The recent post by Danielle Beaumont was a great boost to my hopes for the future of Fireworks. Further down that thread, Dave Storey - also from Adobe - had this to say:
"... I think Fireworks is a great addition to the Adobe product line, and plays an important part in many workflows for our customers."
"It turns out many of the doomsayers were wrong when they forecast the end of Fireworks."
If these words aren't inspirational, I do not know what is. Adobe has been pretty mum on the topic of software app survival, but it now seems that FW isn't going to be booted off the island very soon. I for one, am very happy to hear this kind of talk right from the source.
Category tags: Fireworks
Posted Tuesday, February 07, 2006 4:22:48 PM by Stephanie
If you love Fireworks for web design as much as I do, you've probably been watching for the slightest clue as to the life, or death, of it since the acquisition of Macromedia. In the past week, I've seen two extremely positive signs -- I'll share in case you missed them.
The first came in the form of a pdf announcement Adobe made about which products were going to be initially ported to the new Intel-based Mac platform. You guessed it, Fireworks was on the list. The second was even more direct. It was a message on the Fireworks Forum by Danielle Beaumont, the new Product Manager for Fireworks. In part, Danielle said:
"Fireworks continues to be an important product to the combined Macromedia/Adobe portfolio and is actively under product development for a yet-to-be announced product release. I'm incredibly excited to lead that front as the Product Manager.
We know that for many years Fireworks has been an integral part of your workflow with Dreamweaver and Flash. It will be our goal in the Product Development team to preserve all of the features you value in Fireworks 8 while developing a more cohesive solution with the Adobe Creative product line.
We will be relying on you in the Fireworks Design and Development community to help us shape the direction of those product enhancements by way of end user customer visits and pre-release testing."
Is that exciting or what? Confirmation that Fireworks is actually being included in the current development cycle. And that they're going to integrate it with the Adobe Creative product line. That news definitely gave me the butterflies of elation. I was really dreading the possibility of losing it since I can't even describe to you how much easier it is for me to slice and dice a Fireworks Comp compared to a Photoshop one. Happy days!