Adobe Fireworks CS5 provides a unique combination of bitmap- and vector-editing tools, a contextual user interface that displays the controls you need based on your selection, and shares the familiar Adobe Creative Suite interface, including tabbed panels and consistent keyboard shortcuts. Click to enlarge.
Rapidly prototype and design for the web
Easy-to-use design tools for screen-based design
Create and edit vector and bitmap images, or import and modify native Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files. Changes remain editable at any time, and final output is optimized for display resolutions.
Design interactive layouts for websites, mobile, and rich Internet applications (RIAs). Reduce development time by exporting multipage, clickable website comps as standards-compliant, CSS-based layouts, and bring RIA prototypes into the Adobe AIR runtime without writing code.
Work faster with significant performance enhancements, including greater control over pixel placement of design elements, improved file opening and saving, updated symbol operation, and quicker bitmap and vector operations.
Import Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files while maintaining color matching, element fidelity, and editing capability. Export Fireworks designs into the Adobe Flash software family for advanced interactivity design. Copy and paste objects between Fireworks and Adobe Dreamweaver software.
Enhanced optimization and scaling tools
Optimize graphics for a wide variety of screen types with preview, selective JPEG file compression, and comprehensive export controls. Intelligently scale buttons and graphic symbols with 9-slice scaling to accelerate website and application prototyping.
Effortless client collaboration
Demo with two-way video communication in real-time online meetings with the Adobe ConnectNow service. Generate clickable PDF files or interactive HTML comps for review. Create Adobe AIR prototypes to run on any platform.
Integration between Fireworks and Adobe Device Central makes it easy to set up a Fireworks project and preview it in Adobe Device Central. Click to enlarge.
Elements from the Fireworks mock-up are preserved when the file is exported in FXG format and opened in Flash Catalyst.
Fireworks can now open and create Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) files, which can also be used in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator software.
CSS and HTML file export
Design complete web pages in a robust graphic environment and then export standards-compliant, CSS-based layouts--with external style sheets--in one step. Integrate foreground and background graphics with distinct slice types, and utilize repeating images.
Customizable and reusable assets
Jump-start your design process with the Common Library of graphic symbols, form elements, text symbols, and animations. Design your own custom symbols and styles for continued rapid design and prototyping.
Improved type handling
Produce exceptional type designs with the enhanced Adobe text engine. Copy and paste double-byte characters from Illustrator and Photoshop software without loss of fidelity. Float text inside a path and more.
Developer productivity tools
Save development time with quick asset creation and image optimization. Also rely on Fireworks for batch processing of graphical elements.
What's New in Fireworks CS5?
Fireworks CS5 includes extensive productivity enhancements that let you create rich, multi-layered web images, comps, and interactive designs with fewer steps, while maintaining the quality, accuracy, and flexibility of your designs. In addition, significant changes have been made in the user interface that enable you to access key features directly from the Properties panel.
UI responsiveness and performance
For this release, the Fireworks team searched for opportunities to improve the software's performance and stability so you that can work smoothly and quickly, whatever the task at hand. Compared to Fireworks CS4, Fireworks CS5:
- Installs up to 17-40 percent faster
- Takes up 7-10 percent less space on your hard disk
- Launches 12-15 percent faster after you start your computer ("cold launch")
- Launches 11-49 percent faster after you've launched Fireworks and then quit ("warm launch")
- Reduces response time in user interface components such as panels and context-sensitive controls, so you can work without interruption
Adobe Device Central integration
Easily experiment with designing for mobile devices. Integration between Fireworks and Adobe Device Central makes it easy to set up a Fireworks project and preview it in Adobe Device Central. In Fireworks, choose File > Device Central, select a target device, and click Create. Fireworks creates a new project with the correct pixel dimensions of the device's display. Use Fireworks to craft your mobile content, and then choose File > Preview In Device Central to emulate your content using the updated online library of device profiles.
Fireworks is optimized for designing screen graphics, making it ideal for creating assets for delivery via the Flash Platform. Fireworks CS5 supports the latest FXG format (2.0) so you can easily export individual objects or multipage designs as editable FXG elements for use in Flash Catalyst and other software.
Adobe Swatch Exchange
Fireworks can now open and create Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) files, which can also be used in Adobe InDesign®, Photoshop, and Illustrator software. ASE files created with other Creative Suite applications can be easily imported into the Swatches panel in Fireworks, allowing you to work with color schemes that may have been created in other projects. Additionally, you can create ASE files from Adobe Kuler themes and use them in your design.
Sharing ASE files allows you to maintain color consistency among design teams, including those using Adobe Kuler, and across design projects.
Save time by jump-starting your project with a variety of templates, including web and mobile designs, wireframes, grids, and document presets.
In Fireworks CS4, integration of the Adobe text engine introduced exciting new capabilities for high-quality typographic design and efficient text handling. In Fireworks CS5, we've continued to harness the power of the text engine to provide enhanced features for editing and formatting text. Together, these refinements make it much easier for you to efficiently achieve the typographic quality and effects you want. Now you can:
- Select text with similar attributes, such as bold and italic, inside a text block
- Select non-contiguous text elements within a single text block
- Undo/Redo text-editing changes
- Take advantage of greater fidelity when copying and pasting text, including double-byte text, from Illustrator into Fireworks
- Search for a font by typing the first few characters of the name in the font list box (Windows only)
- Use keyboard shortcuts to adjust kerning and tracking characters up to 200 points in 10-point and 100-point increments, and enjoy accurate mapping of kerning and tracking values when opening Fireworks CS3 files
- See a text overflow indicator showing when text doesn't fit on or in a path
- Triple-click a text block to select an entire paragraph
- Use line and paragraph breaks and specify the space after a paragraph
- Paste text copied from Microsoft Office applications as text rather than a bitmap
- Copy and paste more text into a text block at once
Emulating CSS text styling is significantly easier in Fireworks CS5. Thanks to improved selection features, you can quickly style your text to resemble the styling of a specific CSS rule (color, line height, character spacing, weight, style, or size).
Fireworks CS5 includes numerous features to enable you to precisely control the placement and appearance of design elements. In addition to stroke alignment, type-handling enhancements, proportional scaling, and FXG export, Fireworks CS5 allows you to create crisp graphics that align to the underlying pixel grid.
The Compound Shape tools
Creating complex vector shapes is much faster and more flexible in Fireworks CS5, thanks to the Compound Shape tools in the Properties panel. The Compound Shape tools allow you to group vector shapes temporarily as you draw them, so you can both move the objects as a group and edit individual objects one at a time. You can also achieve nondestructive effects such as punching, intersecting, or cropping overlapping vectors. With the Compound Shape tool, you can use simple shapes to build complex vectors faster and more flexibly.
|Package Type||Full Version|
|Processor|| Windows: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor
Mac: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows XP* with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
|Graphics Card (GPU)||1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card, 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM|
|Hard Drive||2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)|
|Shipping||This product is eligible for free shipping!|