CMXtraneous: Fireworks

Right on the edge of useful

Coming to an email near you

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008 9:03:35 AM by Jim Babbage

Jim Babbage

Keep your eyes peeled for the April issue of Adobe Edge because yours truly is making a guest appearance.

Here at CMX as well as in my teaching, I've been focusing recently on using Fireworks to create click-through prototypes, and establishing best practices for one's FW workflow. With the evolution of Fireworks, it's much easier to create these interactive mock ups quickly, allowing more immediate client feedback/approval of a site's design and flow. The beauty of this process is many changes are made early in the design stage, rather than during the coding process.

As designs get more complex, it becomes even more important to set up some best practices for workflow. This helps in case you have to revisit the design weeks or months down the road. It is also very helpful if you have to pass on the design to someone else.

My article on Adobe Edge will focus on the creation of a click-through mock up from a finalized multi-page Fireworks PNG file.

If you've not heard of Adobe Edge before, here's the low-down:

Adobe Edge is a free electronic newsletter that comes out every couple months. It features content for web designers and developers, covering stuff going on at Adobe and the web in general. While the focus is about Adobe and what it's doing to make web-life easier, the magazine also covers things happening outside "the mothership."

For example,  February 2008's issues has this list of contents:

  • Adobe Media Player: Understanding the structure of the RSS feed
  • BlazeDS and what it means for the developer community
  • The edge of Flash
  • Comparing Adobe Flex and Ajax development models
  • Project profile: Virtual life on the International Space Station
  • Quick tips for integrating Adobe Creative Suite 3 products
  • Open source at Adobe

You can either check out the Edge every couple months, or subscribe to it online. I hope you get a chance to read the article and find it useful.

Category tags: Adobe, Designing for the Web, Fireworks, On the Personal Side