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Previewing the mockup

From: Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

Video: Previewing the mockup

Now, before you upload a mockup for your client to view online or turn it into a PDF for them to view offline, it's always a good idea to give things a test run. And the Preview button in the Document Window will work in a pinch. But it's really best suited for optimization rather than previewing a functional HTML prototype. This is where Preview in browser comes into play. So we're going to go up to our File menu and choose Preview in browser, and we've got a couple of choices here. We've got Preview in Internet Explorer, or whatever your default browser happens to be. That will preview just the existing page.

Previewing the mockup

Now, before you upload a mockup for your client to view online or turn it into a PDF for them to view offline, it's always a good idea to give things a test run. And the Preview button in the Document Window will work in a pinch. But it's really best suited for optimization rather than previewing a functional HTML prototype. This is where Preview in browser comes into play. So we're going to go up to our File menu and choose Preview in browser, and we've got a couple of choices here. We've got Preview in Internet Explorer, or whatever your default browser happens to be. That will preview just the existing page.

What we want to do is preview everything in the design. So I'm going to choose Preview all Pages in Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) and it takes a few seconds for Fireworks to generate all the temporary HTML pages. But in fairly short order, it does the job and then launches your default browser. So there's my first page. Let's just take a quick peek at some of the interactivity here. I'll mouse over my navigation button. You'll see I'm getting my rollover effects as I would expect to get, just like so. And if I click on Tours, I actually go to the Tours page, and there's all the main components for the Tours page.

I can also click back on Mission and go into the Mission page and read a bit about the company. Mouse over is working in every single page, but a lot of these pages have not yet been built out because they're not necessarily going to be structurally any different from the layout that you see here. However, what I would like to be able to do is get from the Tours page to one of the Tours and right now there's no interactivity there whatsoever. And this is the great thing about previewing. You can double-check the stuff before you actually handed off to somebody. So I'm going to hop back over to Fireworks, and I'm going to go into my tourMain page and specifically, I'm going to grab the Cycle California one because we have a page for that.

So what I'm going to do is just add a Hotspot. I got my Hotspot tool and draw it over my learn more button and once that's been created, I can go down to my Properties panel, and I can choose my cycling.htm page. And that's pretty good there. I want to be able to see that snowboard page. So I'm going to go and zoom in a bit here so it's easier to see. We have the subnavigation that we've got in place. So let's use one of the subnavigation elements as a link to the snowboard page. I think we'll do Tours by Activity and again, that's just a slice at the moment for rollover effects.

There's no interactivity, in terms of a URL, at the moment. So with that slice selected, I'm going to go down to my Link menu, and I'm going to choose snowboarding. Now, one thing I do want to point out while I'm in this list. You'll notice there's a whole bunch of links above a little dividing line and a whole bunch of links below. If you want your links to work, and we usually do, make sure you pick the links from the bottom part. Everything below the divider are the actual pages in your design. Everything above the divider is a history list of pages that have been accessed in the past. So I'm going to choose snowboarding, and just a quick thing here, gone through this a couple of times, but you recall that we have did some sharing of layers and sharing of interactivity to pages.

And just to show you the power of this, I'm going to go and choose my tourSpecific page, and you'll notice that it also has a hyperlink for snowboarding. When you think about it, when you're dealing with a lot of navigation, that sharing of layers and sharing of Web layers is a real time saver. All right. So we've gone ahead and added those in. I'm going to go ahead and do another preview here. File > Preview in browser and make sure I choose Preview all pages and again, in a short time, Fireworks generates my design.

Now what's interesting here is you might notice it launched the page that I was currently on. So if I want to, I can hop back to my Mission page and go to my Tours page, and you'll see if I go to Tours by Activity, you'll notice down at the bottom of the browser window, I see a path to my snowboarding page. There is my snowboarding page, great. And if I go back, again, to my Tours, I can go into my long list, locate my Cycle California one and again mouse over that learn more button, and you see I get the indication that this is a hyperlink.

I'll click and I go to my cycling page. Previewing your designs are a great idea. It gives you a chance to double check to make sure everything is working the way you expect it to work before it get sent off to the client for any kind of feedback.

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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

92 video lessons · 29645 viewers

Jim Babbage
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  1. 3m 42s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. What is Fireworks?
      1m 59s
    3. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 1h 27m
    1. Creating and opening documents
      7m 36s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 43s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 18s
    4. Setting up rulers, guides, and grids
      10m 7s
    5. Using tooltips and Smart Guides
      5m 40s
    6. Working with panels
      9m 29s
    7. Working with pages
      8m 59s
    8. Working with layers
      13m 13s
    9. Working with states
      4m 35s
    10. Using the Properties panel
      4m 38s
    11. Using the Preferences panel
      7m 34s
  3. 52m 39s
    1. Understanding the Fireworks PNG format
      2m 11s
    2. Saving and exporting files
      5m 11s
    3. Importing files
      5m 34s
    4. Opening Photoshop files
      6m 7s
    5. Opening Illustrator files
      3m 58s
    6. Exporting a single file
      9m 57s
    7. Using the Image Preview window
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Export Area tool
      3m 10s
    9. Creating PDF files
      4m 16s
    10. Saving Photoshop files
      5m 48s
    11. Using Fireworks files for Illustrator
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding bitmaps
      1m 32s
    2. Resizing images
      3m 48s
    3. Using the selection tools
      8m 0s
    4. Using the drawing tools
      8m 19s
    5. Retouching with the corrective tools: Rubber Stamp
      12m 16s
    6. Using the bitmap effects tools: Blur, Sharpen, and Replace Color
      7m 33s
    7. Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn
      7m 1s
    8. Improving images using the Levels filter
      8m 15s
    9. Creating a bitmap mask with a selection
      6m 2s
  5. 1h 10m
    1. Looking at the vector toolset
      6m 53s
    2. Using the Pen tool
      7m 32s
    3. Editing vector shapes with the Freeform and Reshape Area tools
      4m 35s
    4. Filling shapes with patterns and live filters
      3m 17s
    5. Using Auto Shapes
      7m 24s
    6. Using shapes as image elements
      4m 16s
    7. Scaling shapes
      5m 28s
    8. Masking objects with vector shapes
      7m 13s
    9. Applying strokes
      5m 52s
    10. Using Vector Path and Path Scrubber
      6m 9s
    11. Using the Compound Shape tool
      7m 40s
    12. Using Snap to Pixel
      2m 15s
    13. Using Gradient Dither
      1m 46s
  6. 51m 18s
    1. Understanding symbols
      5m 41s
    2. Creating graphic symbols
      13m 11s
    3. Creating button symbols
      10m 22s
    4. Creating animation symbols
      5m 4s
    5. Sharing symbols with the Common Library
      1m 37s
    6. Editing the instance of a symbol
      3m 46s
    7. Adding component symbols to a design
      8m 46s
    8. Exporting and importing symbols
      2m 51s
  7. 17m 34s
    1. Creating GIF animations
      9m 31s
    2. Animating with Twist and Fade
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a tweened animation
      4m 16s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Using text in Fireworks
      7m 19s
    2. Understanding text properties
      3m 14s
    3. Adding text in a path
      4m 43s
    4. Adding text to a path
      4m 31s
    5. Using text as a mask
      3m 35s
    6. Maintaining crisp text in web images
      3m 24s
  9. 28m 35s
    1. Having fun with filters
      8m 44s
    2. Working with Styles
      4m 10s
    3. Using Blend Modes
      4m 40s
    4. Converting bitmap selections to paths
      3m 50s
    5. Working with Adobe Swatch Exchange files
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration
      4m 38s
  10. 1h 14m
    1. Understanding the web toolset
      1m 51s
    2. Creating hotspots
      6m 22s
    3. Using the Slice tool
      8m 57s
    4. Using a master page
      5m 20s
    5. Sharing layers across pages
      4m 49s
    6. Sharing web layers across pages
      3m 30s
    7. Using HTML component symbols
      3m 15s
    8. Creating choices and showing design options to clients
      7m 7s
    9. Importing pages
      2m 47s
    10. Previewing the mockup
      4m 17s
    11. Using HTML prototyping
      5m 22s
    12. Improving the workflow
      20m 30s
  11. 33m 19s
    1. Optimizing images for export, part 1
      15m 36s
    2. Optimizing images for export, part 2
      13m 36s
    3. Generating a CSS-based layout
      4m 7s
  12. 22m 20s
    1. Integrating Fireworks, FXG, and Flash Catalyst
      3m 56s
    2. Integrating Fireworks and Flash
      3m 46s
    3. Using roundtrip editing between Dreamweaver and Fireworks
      5m 52s
    4. Copying and pasting objects to Dreamweaver
      2m 57s
    5. Integrating Fireworks and Device Central
      4m 13s
    6. Working with Bridge
      1m 36s
  13. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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