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My 30-day trial of FW is almost over, and right now I'm leaning towards not making the purchase...
My main use of this would be to make navigation buttons, and it's frustrating that what I think should be very simple doesn't appear to work. And my request for help on this has also gone unanswered.
Is this only a user-to-user support area or does anyone from Adobe monitor/contribute?
> My 30-day trial of FW is almost over, and right now I'm leaning towards not
> making the purchase...
> My main use of this would be to make navigation buttons, and it's frustrating
> that what I think should be very simple doesn't appear to work. And my request
> for help on this has also gone unanswered.
> Is this only a user-to-user support area or does anyone from Adobe
This is primarily a user to user forum. If you want Adobe support,
you're better off using the support options on the adobe web site.
If you're only planning to make buttons in FW, then I agree, don't spend
the money. There's probably some freeware or shareware app out there
that can do that at a much more affordable price.
If you're planning to use it as a design tool for mocking up web pages
and making design prototypes quickly and easily, export editable files
to Flash, work more easily with both vectors and bitmaps, spend the
money. Fireworks integrates well with DW, FL, PS and Bridge and handles
incoming files from AI CS3 in a pretty decent manner. It can become a
very useful part of your workflow and creative process.
As for your problem, any style you apply to an object is made up of
multiple Live filters. Chances are you are choosing a style that makes
use of (in however a subtle fashion) drop shadows, glows or Photoshop
Layer Styles. This forces the active area (slice)to extend beyond the
size/shape of the button, in order to avoid clipping a style effect on
Apply the style and then experiment with the Live filters used to create
the style to see if you can reduce the size of the slice.
For additional support and tutorials, you can check out the Adobe web
site, fireworkszone.com, communitymx.com, projectseven.com and
Further, in the user forums, be as specific as possible. Regardless of
whether you see this problem in multiple styles or not, GIVE us more
detail to work with. What style are you using that gives you this
problem? Each style is different, so the solution may also be different.
If you are a PS/IR user, understand that the FW workflow is different
and be prepared to change some of your old workflow habits. Chances are
good things will speed up when you get past the basic learning curve.
Jim Babbage - .:Community MX:. & .:Adobe Community Expert:.
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I, too, wanted to use (and bought) FW CS3 specifically for making cool looking nav bars and buttons, but FW is soooooooooooooo different (and wonky?) from other programs (I use PS CS3 and DW CS3 successfully), that it appears I'm going to have to find some other program to do what I thought FW would do.
I find it interesting that our FW experts (here and projectseven) tell me to use some other program for building nav bars.
What program do you suppose the Adobe team used to make their web site's nav bars?
> I find it interesting that our FW experts (here and projectseven) tell me to
> use some other program for building nav bars.
> What program do you suppose the Adobe team used to make their web site's nav
No one is recommending that you use another program to build them. They
are suggesting that you learn to code them yourself instead of relying
on a graphics program to generate them for you.
Linda Rathgeber [PVII] *Adobe Community Expert-Fireworks*
Fireworks Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/fireworks/
CSS Newsgroup: news://forums.projectseven.com/css/