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Fireworks MX 4 out of 5 stars

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software box cover [pc and mac] Macromedia's Fireworks MX is the professional's choice for creating and presenting images over the Internet. Fireworks MX is also part of the cost saving Macromedia Studio MX that you may wish to review.

System Requirements

PC

300MHz Intel Pentium II Processor
Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows NT 4 (Service Pack 6), Windows 2000 or Windows XP
64 MB of free available system RAM (128 MB recommended)
800 x 600, 8-bit (256 colors) color display or better
80 MB of available disk space
Adobe Type Manager Version 4 or later for use with Type 1 fonts
CD-ROM drive

Mac

Power Macintosh G3 Processor
Mac OS 9.1 or higher, or OS X 10.1 and higher
64 MB of free available system RAM (128 MB recommended)
800 x 600, 8-bit (256 colors) color display or better
80 MB of available disk space
Adobe Type Manager Version 4 or later for use with Type 1 fonts (OS 9.x)
CD-ROM drive

Detailed Description

Manufacturer's Description

Create, optimize, and export interactive graphics in a single, Web-centric environment using Macromedia Fireworks MX. Get all the tools to make everything from simple graphical buttons to sophisticated rollover effects and pop-up menus. Support for major file formats and HTML standards, and integration with popular HTML editors allow you to use Fireworks MX comfortably in any work environment.

The workspace offers bitmap editing, precise text control, automation, and extensibility allowing for rapid production and easy updates. Broad support for file formats, new standards like XHTML, and Section 508 compliance ensure that output matches current and future needs.

Share files across graphics applications including Macromedia Flash, Macromedia FreeHand, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Create vector graphics for Flash, export SWF files, and open graphics directly from within Flash. Open, edit, and export Photoshop graphics while retaining layers, masks, and text properties. Fireworks also integrates seamlessly with editors including Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage.

Macromedia

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I've been using Fireworks since it first arrived on the scene way back when. Fireworks MX is the current incarnation that is testament to the policy Macromedia adopts in developing software in close partnership with its users.

Fireworks integrates effortlessly with the other members of the MX family. The user interface is straightforward, although there may be occasions the first time user is somewhat daunted by the vast array of functions available within this professional image editor. That said, Fireworks MX makes a great job of enabling the creation and optimisation of images for the web, and can easily be called upon from within Dreamweaver, its sister web development application.

If you're considering Fireworks as your image making solution, you might also like to review Studio MX that provides all of Macromedia's web development tools in a single cost-saving package.

In addition to the significant image editing features you'll find in Fireworks MX, you'll also be able to take advantage of the large and vibrant Macromedia developers community which offers free 'Extensions' that provide additional functionality to the software.

An improvement I'd like to see in a future version is the integration of more vector tools combined with the ability to convert to vector from a bitmap. This along with improved brush strokes and a Dremweaver-like tabbed interface will place Fireworks into a five star category. For now though, Fireworks presents the simplest, best means of generating images for the web.

Review by Mike de Sousa, Director, AbleStable®


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