When you have multiple slices selected Fireworks can only display one file name in that field, so it defaults to the PNG name. However, when you actually do the export, the slice names should be respected.
If you have only one slice selected, the slice name should display, so long as you have manually named the slice.
Interesting - it works as you describe as long as I select two or more slices. But if I select a single slice it still displays the name of the document, and saves the slice with the name of the document, not the slice's defined name.
Unless there's some hidden setting that I'm not finding, I'm going to guess this is a bug.
Unfortunately, I can't reproduce the issue. You might try deleting the preferences file and see if that resolves the issue.
I deleted the preferences and relaunched - no difference. If I select a single slice it still defaults to whatever it wants - or whatever the last name in the file field was.
Turns out there are TWO preference files - one in an Adobe Fireworks CS 4 folder, the other is "com.macromedia.fireworks.plist" (c'mon, seriously - Macromedia? Isn't this at least the second Adobe verison of Fireworks? Get it together...)
(btw - I'm on a Mac - not sure if I mentioned that before)
Anyway, deleted both of them and the single slice export name is still defaulting to whatever the last single slice (or document name) was in the file name field.
Additionally, that "intro" screen - the one that appears when you don't have any files open, and shows recent files - doesn't work. Clicking the names of files there does not launch them. Only the "open" and "new" buttons work.
I tried disabling Default Folder - the only thing I could think of that might affect the first problem - but nothing.
So I guess I have to reinstall this flaky, non-standard piece of....software....
Uninstalled. Reinstalled. Not fixed.
So apparently this is broken.
This program feels like someone took a Microsoft app and slapped an Adobe label on it....grrr...
My workaround is to select the single slice I want to export as well as some other slice - seems like any other slice is ok. As long as I export two (or more) slices then the slice names appear to be what they "actually" are, and not what it says in the file name field of the save dialog.
And while we're at it - since Adobe is supposedly making everything consistent - why the #^&& isn't the Export Command-Option-Shift-S? That's Save For Web in all Adobe's "real" apps - Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
I'm not really all that upset about the inconsistency - I can learn to use different commands in different apps (and don't get me started about Command-Shift-Z vs. Command-Y for redo). What makes me mad is Adobe BOASTING about how they are making everything consistent and unified. OK - then DO IT. Don't just say it. Offer a "legacy mode" if the old timers don't want to give up the key commands they know, but as default make the same commands do the same things across your apps.
I'm griping a lot about Fireworks - and there IS a lot to gripe about - but I also think it's a really cool program and if they could get the UI to work as reliably as Photoshop (which out of all the Adobe apps seems to have the best responsiveness to mouse clicking - at least on the Mac) I would be maybe almost happy....
Single Slice, with custom slice name, works for me as well, though I am on Windows, not sure if that makes a difference.
File > Export , selected slice only, File Name 'remembers' the last used filename, for me. I have to rename it myself.
The default webslice inherits the doc name + '_xx_xx' appendage as per File > Html Setup > Document Specific filename output structure.
Custom webslice names + File > Export ignores the custom slice name and defaults to the last used for me.
However, Control/Right Click a single slice, Export Selected Slice WILL preserve the custom slice name and auto populate the File Name field, in the Export dialog.
As for the the key shortcuts, you can add them yourself via the Edit > Keyboad Shortcuts manager.
Hey - that right-click Export Slice thing is great - and it works! Thanks.
Also good call on the key commands. That's the only one I've really been missing so far...
Yeah, I can't get the right-click/export thing to work on my Mac. I just get the contextual edit menu. I'm working through the Classrooom in a Book, page 187, followed the directions three times, and I still get the contextual edit menu when I click on an image. That leads me to believe I am clicking on an image, not a slice. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.
It doesn't help that periodically, none of the graphics are selectable, and I have to close the window, reopen the file, and THEN the image is selectable.
As I'm working on this, I'm thinking, do I really need to use Fireworks to create this intricate site I'm going to be working on? Can I stand to deal with the crashes (the crashes!!! - yes, I've installed the update) and the buggy behavior?
I've been a MAC user for 1 whole week :-) When I right click I do get the correct menu and export is there. However it freezes often. I don't know if I got hold of a lemon or what.
Does just Fireworks freeze, or does the whole Mac freeze?
I've been an Apple/Mac user for 26 years.
Thanks! I appreciate the response. Being new to Mac is a bit
frustrating I was afraid to do the update since on the PC with the
Internal error (that wouldn't go away and I couldn't use FW) I did
have the update.
I'm returning the machine on Monday since all I have installed is
Adobe and I keep freezing, including mail, installer while entering
password, finder etc. I think I have a lemon. I haven't had good
computer success thus year LOL
Joyce J. Evans Erb
Our Ideas Make You Shine!
I only have Adobe installed but I figure it's my machine because I
know a lot of Adobe users are on a Mac. I'm returning it next week.
Are you going to update to Snow Leopard?
One thing that drives me crazy is i can't get my workspace to stay to
the size I set it to. i've resized window and positioned panels and
made a new workspace. But when it reopens it fills my 24" screen.
these floating things drive me crazy, and I'm already half way there LOL
I use primarily Dreamweaver and Fireworks
Did you call Applecare? You are still under warranty, if you bought it from a licensed dealer. There are several steps they could have you do, including repairing your permissions (so easy to do) and "zapping your pram" (returning it to its factory settings). I always repair my permissions after installing software. To me, it's like cleaning up the mess after you've opened the box.
Worse comes to worse, they might have you do an archive and install (they'll explain it). It's unusual for a mac to be dead in the water like that. Not impossible, but unusual.
I own three Macs right now, and I've owned a series of them over the last 26 years. I've never had one dead in the water.
oos, I'm not used to using the web forum. I got these messages in my mail and thought they were offline and not public :-)
Not a big deal. I'm posting another message for you there.
Yes, many times:-) Did the disk utilty then the repair which removed all my software! But no success. iPhone was released yesterday so they said not to come in until next week.
The Mac Pro button, unless they've moved it, is about halfway down the tower (it is on mine). You'd be surprised at how little you have to push it (again, unless they've changed it) to turn on your machine. I have arthritis in my hands too, and turning on my computer is really not that big a deal. of course, I don't know how bad your arthritis is.
I have no intention of upgrading to Snow Leopard at least until SuperDuper updates its software. I use SuperDuper on top of Time Machine - Time Machine backs up to a second hard drive in my tower, and SuperDuper makes an incremental, bootable backup to an external hard drive.
I'm not a first adopter, and I don't have time to help Apple shake out its few bugs. Adobe's Fireworks is keeping me plenty busy with its own bugs. I have paying work to do.
Did you install Adobe with Version Cue? Try a clean CUSTOM install of CS4 *without* Version Cue and see if that helps. Version Cue has been buggy since it was introduced in CS2.
Call AppleCare first 800-275-2273 before you return your Mac. They might be able to get you up and running again. It doesn't help that CS4 is so buggy, but it's pretty rare that your whole Mac would freeze, although I've been running into that issue a few times myself since I've installed CS4, including this morning. I can't figure out how I got out of it, because I don't remember shutting down. It may have frozen, then unfrozen.
Disk Utility>Permissions Repair removed your software??? Whuhwhuhwhuh???
You can go into the Apple Store whenever you want, even today. You
might wait awhile. Let's get real. iPhone wasn't released yesterday,
Snow Leopard, the new operating system, was released yesterday.
I buy the ProCare card ($99 a year), and among other things the card
offers, when I flash it, I get to go to the head of the line of people
waiting, including non-ProCare appointments. I just get in the much,
much shorter ProCare line.
When you reply to the forum emails, click the link so it brings you
back to the page so others can see our conversation and learn from it.
Not permissions the repair backup or whatecer it's called. i did get the Pro-care. Thanks for the card waving tip :-)
I did everthing apple Care said to do then they said return it for a new machine :-) (when I put the phone near the clunking DVD drive).
I didn't use version cue
Wow, so there's your answer. Get yourself a new machine! On Apple's
dime! I just had to replace one of my optical drives myself. My
AppleCare is up on November 11, so I'm going to try to get it in for a
tune-up before that. Unfortunately (fortunately) I keep getting busier
and busier with work.
Version Cue is automatically installed unless you do a custom install
and uncheck the box for it. Is that what you did?
It depends on what you have selected at the time of exporting, and what you used last time.
On the save dialog, after the slices/compression/colors window, there's an option that says "Settings". If that options is set to "custom" whatever your last setting was will be used. If that says "default settings" it will use whatever setting you saved as "default"
I use two saved settings, to avoid that last-used I-don't-remember random behavior.
One of them to save as document name, and the other to use slice names.
The one using "document name" is the one I use for replacing the file I want. I just click the file to get replaced before to hit "save", and the document name changes to that. That same name will be used by that single slice being saved. That combined with "selected slice" makes the trick.
The setting I saved as "slicename" is the one for saving whole tables or whole layouts at once, and will use "slice name" instead of "doc. name" in the "Slices" section of that "Output settings" (under Settings: Other, in the save dialog). I use this one with all or many slides selected.