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Fireworks Pro Series: Working with Flash Catalyst

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This post is part of a series called Fireworks Pro Series.
Fireworks Pro Series: From Fireworks to Flash
Fireworks Pro Series: Optimizing Images for the Web

In this part of the Fireworks Pro Series, we're going to continue looking at how Fireworks works with other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. Specifically, we'll be creating a website design and then convert it to an interactive, animated website in Flash Catalyst... all in under half an hour!

About Fireworks and Flash Catalyst

If you've never worked with Flash Catalyst before... this is actually a pretty great starting point. Tom is going to walk through the creation of a simple, straight forward website in Fireworks... but that's where things really get interesting. Once the site design is complete, we'll walk through how to convert the entire design into a working, fully interactive (and animated!) site in Flash Catalyst that you can deploy just about anywhere on the web!

This is a great jumping off point for anyone who is new to Flash, Fireworks, or Catalyst - But it's also useful for just about anyone who hasn't really used the entire Creative Suite to take a site from design to implementation. In under 30 minutes we'll be creating a working website... not bad for the same amount of time that it takes to grab lunch.

The key topics that we'll be covering:

  • How to build a complete site design in Fireworks (with multiple pages)
  • How to Export the design for Flash Catalyst
  • How to convert the flat design into an interactive website, complete with video, scrollable content, and more.

Let's Get Started!

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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