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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.
The Adobe interface has some very handy document management features. On both Windows and Mac, we can work with tabbed documents. We'll learn more about the Mac features later on in this video, but first, let's have a look here in Windows. By default, multiple open objects display in a tab view. You can see along the top of my Document Window area. I've a whole series of tabs. I can click on these individually, and I'll see that currently selected image or design. While the view has its benefits, because it keeps things fairly neat and organized, it's difficult to work with if you need to be moving objects from one file to another.
Now you can break apart this tab view into a series of panes, so you can see more documents at one time. Let's have a look at this feature. I've got a variety of different files opened for the purposes of this video. You can certainly open these up. They're in the Chapter 1 folder, or you can just open up a few of your own files. The specific files themselves aren't that important. So let's take a look here, again, at the top, right here where my first file is, my mockup_index.png file. If I want to separate this one design from the other files that are in the Tab Bar, all I've got to do is select the tab by clicking on it, and drag it away for the Tab Bar.
You'll see it's kind of floating around at the moment. When I let go the mouse, it's now a floating Window. So I can reposition it anywhere I like. This also means that I can bring up another image in the background. There is my monthly_specials or my red_rock_adventure and so on. Now if I got a file and I want to work on a very specific part of it, sometimes a very common technique for designers is that they'll have two versions of the same window open, so that they can zoom in one of them to do fine detailed work.
So with this one particular image floating as it is, I'm going to go up to my Window menu and choose Duplicate Window. That gives me a secondary window. Now notice where it came up. It's displayed inside that one Floating Window. So now I have two tabs that are floating around independent from everything else. I'm going to drag out this second window and separate it. So I've now got two windows to work with. I can zoom in one. As you can see, they're both the same window, but one of them is at 100%, one of them is only at 25%.
So I've got independent control over the magnification, which means I can do some fine detail work, and scroll around and take a good look at, for example, this text. Make them see what's in there if it needs to be changed or anything like that. I can even double-click on it, select a word and just type in a different word. You'll see, if you look really closely, in the Duplicate Window here, you'll see that we've actually got the word changing as well. So I'm just going to undo that. I didn't really want to change that text. There we go. When you're done with the Duplicate Window, you can just close it.
Your main window will stay open. Now aside from floating one panel like this, there is also some other interesting things that you can do. You can create multiple docked windows. Here is how this works. I'm going to grab this file and drag it over towards the right-hand side and when I get to the spot between my main document window area and my panel dock, you'll see that I get this little blue highlight showing up. What this is telling me is I can create another set of tabbed docked panels in this way. So when I let go the mouse, you'll see now I've got two sets of panes here.
One of them has a multiple images in it. The other one has just the one single image. Now I'm not stuck with just a dual window view, like I see here. I can grab another file, say my olive_elements. I can drag that away. I can drop that to the bottom of this particular pane. When I let go, you'll see I now have an additional split view here. So I've got images up here. I got an image down here. I got another image over here. So I've got different ways to sort of control the viewing areas for the images that are currently open. I'm going to go ahead and go up to my top window here, and do one more thing.
You see when I click on this little double- headed arrow, I get a little flyout menu. That shows me all the files that are currently inside that particular Document pane. So I can navigate to anything I want, even if I can't see it. So I'm going to choose logo_final.png. You can see this is our completed logo for our Web site. So what I want to do with this is I want to add it to another design, and this is the great thing about this multiple view, is I can literally select an image from one place and drag it over into another. So I'm going to start by repositioning that logo inside the same window as my Web site.
So now I've got my Web site and my logo in one spot. I'm just going to play around with the window sizes here. I want to drop that logo into my bicycle collage that we see here. So I'm just going to give myself a little more space. Press Ctrl+Minus to zoom out a little bit. So I see much more of the whole window. Then I'm going to grab my Pointer tool. The Pointer tool is kind of your universal Selection tool for vectors and objects. With that tool selected, I can go over to my design, click and drag around it, select the whole thing and then just literally drag it and drop it into my other design.
So this is a really handy use of this multi view. You've got the ability to drag and drop files really, really easily from one place to another. So you can see we've got quite a few different ways to manage multiple files when they are open inside of Fireworks. You can work with them all inside of one main tabbed area with individual tabs for each file. You can undock images, and float them on top of the workspace. You can add images to those floating windows. You can create duplicate windows for doing detailed editing. You can create different viewing areas like we see here where we have, in some cases, one image inside of one pane, and in other cases, multiple images inside of one pane.
You got quite a few ways to manage the files that you have open. This multiple view scenario can be very handy if you need to see more than one image at a time, say for example, as we saw earlier, dragging one image to a different imag. It saves you having to move through all the tabs to find the image you want to work with. On the Mac operating system, you have a couple of different choices in how the interface is displayed. You can go with the classic look like we see here with the Floating panels, or you can choose a more integrated view, by going to Window and choosing Use Application Frame.
That's how it looks on the Mac.
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