7 , 2001
Sound too good to be true? Well, admittedly, in some cases it is. Some filters just don't work well as live effects and can have unpredictable results. Sometimes a filter just doesn't look right, while other times it might cause Fireworks to forget where your plugins folder is, so you have to reload the folder and relaunch Fireworks.
Not to fear, however. Fireworks keeps two pull-down menus for effects. There are the regular, old, destructive filters and the live effects. If you find a filter to be buggy as a live effect, you can simply remove it from the Effects palette but still access it from the filter menu (called Xtras in Fireworks). Basically it's up to plugin developers to make their filters useable as live effects. Many are already doing so.
For simple animation, Fireworks can handle tweening for common transformations, such as rotation and position. It can also be used to create rollovers and can very easily generate slices of an image that can be hyperlinked directly in Fireworks or in a Web page layout program.
But, again, version 4 goes even further with a complete, step by step wizard for creating interactive pop-up menus, a feature that once again brings it to the front of the interactive graphics pack. This is so shockingly simple that you can't even imagine it. It would actually take me significantly more time to type out an explanation of how it works than it would to create a pop-up menu in Fireworks. So I'll give it to you the quick way. All you have to do is select an area of your image that will trigger the menu. Then you just select Insert > Pop-up Menu and fill in the blanks. It's really this easy.
After you've filled in your information for each menu item, you just move on and select your formatting. You can use text or graphics, with various options for each. Excellent implementation.
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