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In Fireworks CS5 Essential Training, author Jim Babbage gives a detailed overview of Fireworks CS5, Adobe's software for creating and optimizing web graphics and interactive prototypes. This course includes a detailed tour of the interface, the enhanced PNG format, and the image editing toolset in Fireworks. Critical concepts, such as prototyping for HTML applications and working with symbols, the heart of an efficient workflow in Fireworks, are covered in detail. Exercise files are included with this course.
Wait a minute. This isn't Fireworks. That's right. We are going to talk a little about the relationship between Fireworks and Dreamweaver in this lesson. These two applications have always had great integration and one of the areas where this is most evident is through round trip editing. Now round trip editing is really handy if you're working with HTML prototypes, the kind of thing we were doing in previous lessons, where we were exporting out HTML images. What you end up with is an HTML page, like we see onscreen here. It is consisting entirely of a table-based layout with graphics. When we are dealing the prototype stage, there's a good chance you are going to get feedback from the client that says they'd like a couple changes, that they would like to see how things look if you move stuff around, for example.
So we are going to say that the client has asked couple of questions here. They wanted to see what the main logo looks like if it's within the main body of the page, rather than overlapping like we see here. And they'd also like us to reposition the cycle logo a little bit, and also provide a little more space between the body text here for the Tour Spotlight and the actual hyperlink. So we're going to make those changes. And we are going to do an all starting inside of Dreamweaver. So I am going to select my table from the tag selector and you'll see inside of the Properties panel, we have a link to the original source file.
Now the source file is also currently sitting inside of my site definition, which makes it little easier to actually access the file. If I click on Edit, Fireworks will boot up, and it'll actually load the mockup file, and there it is, and you'll see in the upper-left corner, a slight change in the usual Fireworks interface. We see Editing from Dreamweaver, and a Done button. So we are not actually going to be saving the file manually. We are going to let Fireworks take care of this work for us. So I am going to reposition myself here a little bit, and I am going to hide my Slices first, select my logo, and I am going to reposition it a little bit, using the Shift key and the arrow keys to move it down slightly, and then just the arrow key itself to tweak it a little bit.
So it's running in line with our top of our Web page, and then I am going to turn my Slices back on again. And it's really important that I reset the location of the slice as well. And it's probably a good idea to zoom in, to make sure I'm accurate there. So just a couple more pixels, there we go, so that one is all set up. I'll zoom back out again. And we are going to go down to the cycle logo and do the same kind of thing here. Now I am going to use a slightly different tool for this. I am going to go ahead and select these Select Behind tool, and what that allows me to do is, first of all, select the Slice, and if I hold down the Shift key, I can select the image underneath.
So now I've got both objects selected, and I can just, again, use the Shift key and press the down arrow, now let's go four times, something like that, and also I want to reposition this Tour Details information. So I am going to grab my Pointer tool again, double-click inside my text area, press the Enter key to give myself a little bit more space, and I think, also, I am going to reposition that text as well. You'll notice how it's overlapping one of these redlines.
These are what are called slice guides. This basically tells me how Fireworks is going to divide up this file, this design, into an HTML document. So I think I want to keep the Tour Details in one location, rather than split it over two slices. It's currently aligned over to the right-hand side, so I'll change the alignment over to the left, and then I'll just use my Tab key to sort of position things over. Now we are dealing with a graphical layout here, so doing things like tabbing stuff around is not a big deal. I'll reposition my Hotspot as well, so it falls inside the same area, and that's pretty good.
So all we need to do once those changes are made is click on the Done button, and Fireworks will save the file, and we just hop back over to Dreamweaver, and when we are brought back to Dreamweaver, we take a look at the design, and you'll see these changes have been made. My cycle logo has been dropped down a little bit, my Tour Details has been shifted over - along with the hot spot, and my logos has been brought down as well. So it's a great way to make changes to a prototype if the client has request to see an update. You can do it right from Dreamweaver.
You can also start off, obviously, in Fireworks to make the changes and re-export the HTML, but we're dealing with a single page here, so it was pretty easy to do just in this route along this manner. Now one other thing we are going to take a look at here is Images. Now one of the other advantages to this round trip is you're working with the original PNG file, and that means, basically, that you're not recompressing the images over and over and over again, when they're being saved, you are always going back to the original PNG, unlike saving a JPEG multiple times and constantly reducing the image quality.
So I've got this image here though, and I do want to make a change to this as well. I think we are going make a slight adjustment here. We can do this in a couple different ways, again, even though we have a specific image selected, I can right-click on the image, and I can choose Edit With, and I have an option here to Edit with Fireworks. Now if I go this route, Fireworks will reopen the original PNG file for me, and I can go back and make changes to that specific image, just like I was doing earlier, so I could, for example, hide my slice and just add an effect.
I am going to change the color here. I'll Colorize this, and it looks not too bad maybe, just tone it down a little bit, there we go, and click OK, and then once again, click Done. Now the third option for editing, and that's just to select an image and then click on the Edit icon inside the Properties panel, and that, again, if Fireworks can find the original PNG file, it'll launch the PNG file for me to do my editing.
So round trip editing can be really helpful if you're working with an HTML prototype like we have here, makes it really quick and easy to effect changes based on the client's feedback.
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