Integrating Flash, Fireworks, and FreeHand f/x & Design: Solutions for Web design workflow

December 18, 2014 - Comment

Silver Fire has a row of vertical nickel plates with etched edges. Soft Touch is a favorite because it’s durable and comes with Napa leather handle.Integrating Flash, Fireworks, and Freehand f/x & Design: Solutions for Web Design Workflow is perfect if you’ve already used each of these applications individually, but want to become more efficient

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Silver Fire has a row of vertical nickel plates with etched edges. Soft Touch is a favorite because it’s durable and comes with Napa leather handle.Integrating Flash, Fireworks, and Freehand f/x & Design: Solutions for Web Design Workflow is perfect if you’ve already used each of these applications individually, but want to become more efficient by taking advantage of the specific strengths each offers and coordinating tasks between them all. Projects cover creating maps, wireframe diagrams, photographs, navigational bars, animated GIFs, Flash movies, building Web sites, and more. And the book even discusses how to integrate Fireworks within Dreamweaver.

This is a tutorial-based book and fairly text-heavy. You’ll get the most out of it if you can invest the time to follow along step by step in front of your computer, either using the files provided on the CD-ROM or generating new artwork yourself. The author has a gentle, friendly style that’s encouraging and supportive. The introduction to the chapter on Flash by noted Flash expert Hillman Curtis only amounts to three pages of advice, but it’s also very encouraging to newbies.

The book’s level is set, roughly, at intermediate to advanced, but this needs to be clarified: If you call yourself “advanced,” this will all be familiar territory (no advanced user needs to see how B├ęzier curve handles work). On the other hand, if you’re a designer who is experienced in other graphics applications, but a rank beginner with any of these Macromedia products, you’ll probably be able to follow along just fine. The bulk of the audience will be users who feel they haven’t yet maximized their integration of Flash, Fireworks, Freehand, and Dreamweaver, as well as those who’ve lagged behind in taking the leap into ActionScripting. (Isn’t that most of us?) You won’t become an ActionScripting pro, but you will pick up some of the fundamentals.

A nice bonus: the CD-ROM contains 20 QuickTime movies demonstrating key steps in several projects. –Angelynn Grant

Comments

Samuel Heber says:

Nice Surprise I must say I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I actually learned a ton more than expected which is unusual for a book not meant to teach all 3 programs. It is certainly at an intermediate level as stated which is also a refreshing surprise.The Fireworks section is quite extensive since all the examples rightfully are designed in or a major part of them are designed in Fireworks where they are then cut up, interactivity added (except for the Flash examples) and then exported…

Steve Diamond says:

What a bargain – 3 for 1! I already had Fireworks, and then I bought the Flash and Freehand bundle. I am used to Illustrator, and this book really helped me tie all the programs together. The projects are easy to do, but challenging enough to keep up your interest. They also build up your skill level so you increase your capabilities as you work in the programs.The book is divided into three sections – one for each of the programs – and projects from one program are used in the other programs. There’s just enough…

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