4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 2, 2011 9:43 AM by ihsTech

    Why won't pop-up navbar menu changes save?

    ihsTech

      I have created a navbar with sub-menus and saved it as a .png file and exported for Dreamworks website. All works fine, except I need to edit the navbar and sub-menu titles and links. When I open the .png file in FW CS4, make the changes and select "Done." The changes are not saved. When I open the menus again, they are the original menus without the changes. I've tried opening the file directly in FW as well as opening in DW and then editing in FW. I've also tried to do this on another computer that has the program installed. I have done this before in the MX version with success, and still can with this file, so I don't know why this is happening in CS4. I haven't found any discussions of this anywhere. Is there an update I've missed that corrects this? Ideas/fixes would be greatly appreciated as I'm trying to revamp my schools website and school is about to start! Many thanks!

        • 1. Re: Why won't pop-up navbar menu changes save?
          Jim_Babbage Level 4

          Not the thing you want to hear at this point, but I'd strongly recommend avoiding the pop-up menu creator in Fireworks for ANYTHING save a prototype. Dreamweaver can't edit the resulting menus easily (native support was dropped a couple versions ago) and as you have discovered, they can be problematic (that's about as diplomatic as I can get).

           

          There are many other options for creating such menus, be it from within Dreamweaver using a Spry widget or commercial solutions from companies like Project 7.

           

          HTH

          • 2. Re: Why won't pop-up navbar menu changes save?
            ihsTech Level 1

            Thanks for the reply, and you're right...not what I wanted to hear. I've actually been working on fixing these most of the morning. I finally edited in the MX version, saved and exported. I then had to open it in CS4 Fireworks to get the fonts more accurate. I happily thought I was good-to-go, so I just put the files on the server (just a test space). Unfortunately, the links to my internal html and pdf pages don't work (page cannot be displayed). This never happened in the MX version that my current site was developed in! I'm afraid I'm supposed to put the http:/// path to each link, but then they wouldn't work in the Dreamweaver preview.

             

            I started out trying to do the menus using a Spry widget, and I was not at all happy with that. I couldn't figure out how to make them "pretty" and I couldn't get the display/drop-down to look right.

             

            I'm so close to finishing this site, that I just don't know what I'm going to do now. I guess I can take another look at the Spry. Any suggestions how to make them pretty, such as including some texture/gradient or something?

             

            Thanks again,

             

            Beth Boring

            School Technology Specialist

            Independence High School

            Fulton County Schools

            770-521-7611 ext. 151

            boring@fultonschools.org

            • 3. Re: Why won't pop-up navbar menu changes save?
              Jim_Babbage Level 4

              Hi Beth:

               

              Making the Spry menus "pretty" relies on using background images in the CSS, I believe. So you will need to create those graphics in Fireworks first and export them. It may also be doable with CSS3 with no graphics. but at this point, background images will probably be easier.

               

              As for the preview . if you're testing on a server anyway, maybe the local preview isn't a big deal. But double check DW preferences to see if DW is previewing using a temporary file or not. Try toggling that setting to see if your pages work then.

               

              HTH

              • 4. Re: Why won't pop-up navbar menu changes save?
                ihsTech Level 1

                ok, thanks. I will get back to this tonight at home I think...trying to get school set up! Thanks again, and I'll let you know what I end up with.

                 

                Beth Boring

                School Technology Specialist

                Independence High School