New Features of Adobe CS4

Adobe® Fireworks® software to rapidly prototype websites, application interfaces, and other interactive designs. Create, edit, and optimize web graphics more accurately and faster than ever with the enhanced toolset. Demo your design live for your client, or e-mail an interactive PDF file. Leverage the new user interface and core functionality such as consistent text handling and the Adobe type engine. Output your Fireworks designs to the application platform of your choice: Adobe AIR™, Flash®, Flex®, or HTML. In addition, export web standards–compliant, CSS-based layouts — complete with external style sheets — to Adobe Dreamweaver®.

The Fireworks beta is an opportunity for web designers, web architects, and developers to participate in our prerelease program. This program provides you with early access to our next release so that you can kick the tires and ensure that it meets your needs. Download the prerelease of the next version of Fireworks now and send us your feedback. The Fireworks beta will expire soon after the next version of Fireworks is available for purchase.

New features in the next version of Fireworks include:

New user interface

Switch from Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and Flash — with the ease and familiarity of universal user interface design.

CSS and Images Export

Design complete web pages in Fireworks’ robust graphic environment, and then export web standards–compliant, CSS-based layouts, complete with external style sheets in one step.


PDF export

Generate high-fidelity, interactive, secure PDF documents from your Fireworks design comps for enhanced client communication.

Live Style improvements

Now when you update a style, all the elements the style has been applied to are instantly updated. Individual instances can break away from the style with a click of the Properties panel icon.

Adobe type engine

Produce superior type designs with the enhanced typesetting capabilities of Adobe Type Engine, familiar to users of Photoshop and Illustrator and now available in Fireworks. Import or copy and paste double-byte characters from Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop without loss of fidelity. Float text inside a path for high impact text logos.

AIR authoring

Create your AIR interactive prototype directly within Fireworks, ready to be deployed to HTML and CSS, Flex, or Flash.