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ISBN-13: 978-0321704481 ISBN-10: 9780321704481 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Classroom in a Book
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (July 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321704481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321704481
  • ASIN: 0321704487
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lessons were easy to follow and covered all the basics.
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I had several frustrating moments this semester as I racked my brain trying to figure out what the book was trying to tell me to do.
N. Boyle
This book is a textbook for my Fireworks class at the Art Institute of Austin.
Thomas Benner

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Benner on August 9, 2010
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This book is a textbook for my Fireworks class at the Art Institute of Austin. I am a multimedia instructor teaching courses on Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, DreamWeaver, Fireworks and After Effects and have long been a Fireworks addict and consider it one of the best applications in the Creative Suite, at times superior to Photoshop or Illustrator.

After several "heart breaking" years of nothing being published on Fireworks (except for Jim's other book on Fireworks How To's), this book is indeed very welcome. Adobe has shifted the emphasis of Fireworks to Prototyping and the book stays true to this focus. Along the way Jim introduces Bitmap and Vector Image editing as well as Masking, Image Optimization, Auto Shapes, Commands, Textures, the incredible Property Inspector and much more.

This book currently has no serious competition. Nevertheless, Jim maintains a very high standard and I enthusiastically recommend this book. Jim has a passion for Fireworks that is deeply appreciated by those of us who use it. It is a good companion to his Fireworks classes on [...]. As to improving this book, I trust this book will develop through the years and become more "fleshed out" with details similar to the older seasoned Illustrator Classroom in a Book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Stoppee on January 20, 2011
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Fireworks (Fw) has to be the most misunderstood app in the Master Collection.

In its earlier Macromedia life I would download trial versions of the thing and just could not get jazzed about it. Once I found it with its first appearance in an Adobe Creative Suite box (CS3), I tried to get excited but I was unable to rev myself. However, as soon as I explored Fw CS4 I was hooked. The app finally seemed full featured, unfortunately, it was a buggy mess and crashed all the time. Then Adobe released Fw CS5, a very stable product. Once Fw CS3 was released, Adobe pulled ImageReady from the Photoshop package. The thinking was that all the ImageReady features were now in Fireworks. I continued to use a backwards way of doing things in Photoshop since Fireworks and I were not getting along well. Once I befriended Fw CS5, I began telling everyone about it. The ImageReady features are just a small fraction of what Fw CS5 is all about. I decided I wanted to learn everything about Fw CS5. I looked all around for a great reference of the latest and all-time greatest Fireworks, ever, and was disappointed to find that there isn't much available. The upshot is that there's a fabulous Classroom in a Book (CIB) for Fw CS5. If you look in the back of this book you'll discover that this is written by Jim Babbage. Once Fw CS4 was released, Janet & I watched Jim on Adobe TV and lynda.com. He got us motivated about all the cool stuff we could do with Fw. Jim has to be one of the foremost authorities, in the world, on Fw. So, I went into this book with extremely high expectations of being about to round out some of my rough spots in Fireworks know-how. We're six weeks away from redoing our website, which will be updated every other day.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steph Hatfield on April 3, 2011
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This book is my textbook for a class. Our assignments for the class are completely based on the exercises in the book. I have to say that I'm supremely disappointed in this book. No textbook should have this many errors in the first 37 pages. Since this is billed as the "official training workbook," for Fireworks, the errors are doubly frustrating, as I have no prior knowledge of the program and am left wondering if I am making a mistake or the book is simply wrong. Thankfully, other students are posting the same problems on our discussion board, so I know that I'm not alone in these issues. It also makes it very hard to know if I am completing the assignments correctly, as some key information is missing from the instructions. In just the 2nd Chapter, here are the mistakes/omissions that I've encountered:

- Chapter 2, page 30: There aren't two "Auction background" items, as listed in the text and shown in the graphic.
- Chapter 2, page 34-35: The instructions don't tell say which Layer to add the effect to
- Chapter 2, page 36: There is no "movie title" object on the home_double_identity Page, but using this element is crucial to completing the exercise.
- Chapter 2, page 36: "Adjust Color" isn't on the Properties tab. The correct action is + next to Filters > Adjust Color > Levels...

I have to wonder if anyone even worked through these exercises before publishing the book. Very disappointing, Adobe.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Fischer on October 5, 2010
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This is a well written, generously illustrated primer on Fireworks CS5, but bear in mind that it only scratches the surface of what this powerful program can do; you'll need to do a fair amount of experimenting on your own (which author Jim Babbage encourages) to get the most value from this book. My one complaint concerns the two "bonus" chapters available for download from the publisher's site that should have been part of the print edition given its price.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. Boyle on December 16, 2010
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I just finished using this in a college class that taught both PS and FW. We used the Classroom in a Book textbooks for both programs. I already had some training in PS so I didn't have much trouble going through that book. I did notice it was pretty weak compared to what I had learned from before. But when it came to FW, I had no experience with the program and was much more dependent on the book explaining itself. This book does not deserve five or even four stars from its biggest fans. There is no way it deserves any significant praise. I now have a general idea of what FW is good for and I would like to really learn how to use it. That is all I got from this book.

First, the lessons are just 'plug in the numbers they tell you' recipes. The explanations of what you are doing and why are rare and brief. Second, several lessons had steps that omitted how to do what it was telling you to do ... as if the subject had already been covered when, in fact, it had not. I had several frustrating moments this semester as I racked my brain trying to figure out what the book was trying to tell me to do. It seemed like the quality of the lessons decreased as I progressed through the book. Our class used one the the extra lessons on the CD as our final project. That lesson was the worst. Missing explanations. Incorrect instructions (tells you to slice up with the knife tool when you actually need to slice across). Confusing instructions (am I supposed to do something here or just look at the example???). I was reduced to sitting there cursing at the instructions they were so bad.

I can only conclude that the authors and those who think this is a good book have enough experience with FW that they skip over the lack of explanations without even noticing.
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