New features in Adobe Fireworks CS4 provide designers with advanced tools to create websites, applications, and interactive designs. Converting a design to a CSS layout-basedweb page is a one-step process choosing the Export Menu and selecting CSS and HTML.

The CSS options dialog window allows you to choose between writing CSS to an external file or in the html file.

New Slice types provide the option of setting a background image for a web page and repeating it along the X or Y coordinates. Improvements in the Styles panel include the default styles being subdivided into 13 sections making it easier to locate a style.

The Auto Vector Mask command known as Fade Image in previous versions of Fireworks provides real-time previewing of masking as gradient handles are adjusted.

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Adobe Fireworks CS4: Specs

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and Windows Vista)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
  • 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • broadband internet connection required for online services
  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and Windows Vista)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
  • 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • broadband internet connection required for online services

OUR VERDICT

Fireworks CS4 came out in beta form earlier this year. With a revamped interface, Smart Guides, and ability to export clickable prototypes into an interactive PDF, it's a worthy upgrade.

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