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Fireworks Pro Series: From Fireworks to Flash

This post is part of a series called Fireworks Pro Series.
Fireworks Pro Series: From Photoshop to Fireworks to the Web
Fireworks Pro Series: Working with Flash Catalyst

This part of the Fireworks Pro Series is for the Flash users out there! We're going to continue looking at where Fireworks can fit into a web designer's workflow. Today, we'll examine how Fireworks can work alongside Flash to create functional websites quickly and easily. Flash CS5 users won't want to miss this one!

Moving from Fireworks to Flash

Well hello there! Today, Tom Green is going to show us how Fireworks and Flash can play well together.

If you work regularly in Flash, you probably have used Photoshop exclusively to create graphics and import from there... but Fireworks takes it another step by allowing you to create some useful "pre-built" elements like buttons that you can import as functional elements. What this means to you? Saved time and energy as you can skip manually creating the same elements once you import into Flash.

Some of the key points you won't want to miss are:

  • Why Fireworks fits into your workflow as an ideal Flash-graphics companion
  • Create pre-built "multi-state" buttons in Flash, directly from Fireworks
  • The best workflow for turning Fireworks comps into fully working Flash sites
  • Get small file sizes by exporting your Flash graphics directly from Fireworks to the Flash library
  • How to save time using Fireworks Slices and the Export tool.

Grab a cup of coffee and hit play:

About the Author

Tom Green is a professor of Interactive Multimedia through the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s School of Media Studies. Like all faculty in the program, Tom believes his students deserve to be taught by instructors who are regarded as experts in their field and whose knowledge of their subject is current with industry best practice. He is an Adobe Community Expert, Adobe Education Leader (Post Secondary), Community MX partner and was listed in Adobe's Top Ten Most Influential Flash Designers.

Tom has written several books (9 in all!) and extended tutorials on the topic of Fireworks and web design over the last 7 years, so he's a natural fit to guide us through this incredible program. After this introduction, Tom will be guiding us through the wonderful world of Fireworks with several video tutorials. Alright, now that you know a bit about Tom, let's dig in!

About the Fireworks Pro Series

If you've been wondering about what makes Fireworks tick for a while, this series is being recorded for you!

We're amassing quite a few tutorials for everyone from the beginner to the expert, so be sure to check out our entire library of Fireworks tutorials.

If you have a particular request or question about using Fireworks for web or app design, post it in the comments section along with any of your other thoughts!

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