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Part ONE: LEARNING FIREWORKS > WELCOME TO FIREWORKS

Chapter 1. WELCOME TO FIREWORKS

Welcome to Foundation Fireworks CS4! This book is designed to meet the needs of both novice and expert, with plenty of fundamentals and advanced topics as well. If you're new to Fireworks, welcome aboard! It's going to be a fun ride. If you're a seasoned user, you're sure to find plenty of new tricks and introductions to new features. Adobe Fireworks CS4 builds on the solid foundation of many previous releases and delivers a flexible, powerful design tool for web and user interface design.

Many people are often confused about the role Fireworks plays in the Creative Suite, questioning, "Why use Fireworks? Isn't Photoshop (or Illustrator) the right tool?" The truth is, most of the things you can achieve with Fireworks can be achieved with Photoshop, Illustrator, or both. However, the number of steps you have to perform or tricks you have to know often complicate what is generally a simple task in Fireworks. And—and this is a big "and"—it is often difficult to refine your actions in these other tools. Fireworks is the tweaker's design tool—everything is infinitely editable, changeable, tweakable, and ultimately removable. I have introduced an entire team of user interface designers to Fireworks, each of whom had never used the tool, and they now swear by it, saying things like "It's the only tool for the job."


  

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