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Macromedia Fireworks - a rather unusual name for a program whose concept is yet so simple. If you are anything like me you may have stumbled accross this program after searching through the many photo editing packages available on today's market. Usual a stumble is something that impedes one's progress however in this case it was the complete opposite. Prior to this program I had very little image editing experience and this is what really got me involved in the subject. It taught me the many foundation skills which I now, unfortunately, take for granted. Such as the ability to create custom crop areas, arrange layers, use magic wand tool etc. Fireworks also gave me a brief insight into resolution settings and image formats. Formats were particularly useful as prior to Fireworks I was unfamiliar with the transparent layer ability in the image type .png . I now use Adobe's photoshop (not to its full potential must I add), however for the elements of screen capturing and resizing images I nearly always revert back to Fireworks to do such task. So my advice, if you have never used image editing software in the past then Fireworks is the program for you!
Fireworks MX can automatically generate data-driven graphics by dynamically linking to XML content as well as automate repetitive graphics creation by connecting a graphic file with variables to an XML file. Fireworks MX also features support for XHTML and accessibility, through the ability to ensure the accompanying XHTML is Section 508 compliant. Fireworks MX features Roundtrip XHTML with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. The product also simplifies the intelligent exporting of graphics and HTML to leading applications with a single click, automatically outputting the specific file formats required for Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia FreeHand, Macromedia Director, and third-party products.