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Macromedia Fireworks 4
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So what else
In addition to all of these new and/or improved features, Fireworks
4 also includes a number of improvements over version 3. The first and
most obvious change is in the interface. While menus remain exactly
the same, palettes change for the better, both in terms of appearance
and functionality. I find the new interface of Fireworks 4 to be a decent
and not too terribly shocking improvement over version 3.
It also gains the
ability to create rollovers through a simple drag and drop process.
Just drag a part of the image onto the button maker, and you're there.
The button creation
window in Fireworks 4 allows you to drag and drop
elements from your composition to create various button states.
Finally, the program
also gets enhanced import and export capabilities, including better
handling of Photoshop files (including layer masks) and the ability
to customize automatic file naming, table handling and other output
The bottom line
Fireworks 4 is unquestionably the way to go if you're creating or editing
graphics for the Web. Its features are unparalleled, especially for
image compression and the creation of interactive navigational items.
An upgrade is also available from any previous version of Fireworks
for $149. That's not an unreasonable price to pay for the handy new
feature and overall improved functionality of this program. You can
also upgrade to the Dreamweaver 4/Fireworks 4 Studio from any version
of Fireworks (no Dreamweaver required) for just $50 more. That, to me,
is the bargain du jour. (We'll have a separate review of Dreamweaver
4 next week.) I give Fireworks 4 a strong buy recommendation.
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