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Adobe Fireworks CS6

What is Fireworks?

Adobe® Fireworks® CS6 software helps you create beautiful designs for websites and mobile apps in a snap, without coding. Deliver vector and bitmap images, mockups, 3D graphics, and interactive content for popular tablets and smartphones.

Produce mobile themes in Adobe® Fireworks® CS6 software with support for jQuery, and add CSS sprites from design comps. Extract clean CSS3 code for web, smartphone, and tablet apps. Boost productivity with improved redraw performance for Mac OS and memory management for Windows®. Change colors more quickly with the enhanced color swatch.

Improved CSS support

Save time and preserve your design’s integrity by cleanly extracting CSS elements and values (such as color, font, gradient, and corner radius) using the new CSS Properties panel. Once you have the code, copy and paste it directly into Adobe Dreamweaver® CS6 software or other HTML editors.

New jQuery Mobile theme skinning support

Create, modify, or update jQuery themes for mobile websites and apps, including CSS sprite images.

Quicker access to color

Quickly switch between solid, gradient, and pattern color effects. Apply opacity control separately to Fill and Stroke dialog boxes to achieve better control and precision. Change colors more quickly with the improved color swatch.

Create CSS sprites

Easily create CSS sprites from design comps. Mock up complete web pages and export layouts with external style sheets in one step.

Improved performance

Work smarter in a responsive environment with faster redraw in Mac OS. Improved memory management supports files up to four times larger on 64-bit Windows® systems.

API access

Access the API to generate extensions. Benefit from community-driven extensions.

Updated symbols and templates

New symbols for iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and other popular platforms, as well as updated templates can help boost your design workflow.

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Adobe Encore CS6

What is Encore?

Adobe® Encore® CS6 is 64-bit software that enables you to create DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs, all from a single interface. Send Adobe Premiere® Pro projects directly to Encore without rendering, and then use flowcharts to define and view their navigation. Encore is included in Adobe Premiere Pro software.

Versatile disc and web DVD creation

Create DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs, all from a single project, using 64-bit Adobe® Encore® CS6 software. Send Adobe Premiere® Pro projects directly to Encore without rendering, and then use flowcharts to define and view their navigation. Encore is included in Adobe Premiere Pro software.

64-bit Encore CS6

Speed up your Blu-ray Disc and DVD authoring workflow and get rock-solid, native 64-bit performance and stability. Open and save projects fast, and get dramatic performance working on demanding projects.

High-quality DVD and Blu-ray authoring

Get extensive functionality when authoring DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Encore CS6 supports Blu-ray chapter playlists, 8-bit color highlight buttons, and menu color enhancements and lifts the 99-slide restriction for Blu-ray slide shows.

Fast MPEG import

Bring MPEG assets into Encore CS6 fast, as multiple import processes happen simultaneously in the background.

Pixel aspect ratio correction in previews

View the correct pixel aspect ratio when previewing DVD simulations.

DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and web DVD authoring

Efficiently create DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs, all from a single project.

Timesaving Dynamic Link

Send your Adobe Premiere Pro sequences directly to Encore without rendering first. Changes in the timeline are reflected immediately in Encore thanks to Adobe Dynamic Link.

Flowchart

Define and view the navigation of your DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and web DVD projects by using a visual representation of all points and links. Variable zoom speeds up your workflow.

Powerful web DVD authoring

Create powerful web DVD experiences that replicate all the functionality of their Blu-ray Disc counterparts, thanks to support for pop-up menus, multipage menus, and menu looping playback. Customizable encoding presets enable even more control.

Sleek interface for web DVD titles

Create web DVDs that have a sleek interface, offering easy-to-use playback controls plus the option to watch HD video in full-screen mode.

Integrated search for web DVD titles

Engage viewers effectively with keyword-searchable web DVDs. Encore uses metadata from menu and button names, speech analysis, and subtitles to make web DVDs searchable.

Background batch encoding

Work efficiently by offloading transcoding jobs to Adobe Media Encoder, freeing Encore for other tasks. This is particularly important with 4K and 5K workflows that normally tax your system.

Third-party encoding integration

Choose the right encoder for the job without sacrificing efficiency. Integrate third-party encoders with the Encore workflow to tap into advances in GPU-accelerated encoding.

Cross-platform projects

Share Encore projects without worrying about platform compatibility. Encore projects can be moved between Windows® and Mac platforms freely, without conversion.

Multipage menus

Create a smoother viewing experience. Browsable multipage menus on Blu-ray projects show options across multiple menu pages without interrupting background element playback.

24p support

Maintain the 24p look all the way to output with native support for 24p frame rates for Blu-ray, DVD, and web DVD titles, with correct display of 24p timecode in the timeline.

4K and 5K mastering

Take full native 4K and 5K format productions directly to high-definition Blu-ray Disc. Use Dynamic Link to open Adobe Premiere Pro 4K and 5K sequences in Encore without rendering first.

DDP master support

Create replicated discs from Encore using direct DDP master support for DVD discs. The output file can then be sent via FTP directly to the mastering facility.

 

Adobe Captivate 6

What is Adobe Captivate 6?

Adobe® Captivate® 6 software helps you rapidly author a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mLearning content. Easily create product demos in HD, application simulations, and soft skills and compliance training. Import Microsoft® PowerPoint slides and enrich with multimedia, interactive elements and quizzes. Deliver content to virtually any device, including iPads.

Create stunning HD product demos and provide a hands-on learning experience using application simulations. Record narration and capture screen motion simultaneously, synchronize audio and video with slides and timed objects, and draw attention to specific areas.

Multimode recording for screen capture

Generate robust software simulations with multiple learning modes in a single recording session, including a demonstration of the procedure, a simulation for practicing the steps, and an assessment.

High-definition (HD) screencast

Easily create high-quality product demos with the new capture-as-a-video workflow. Edit video, and add transitions, smart shapes, audio, and captions. Insert a talking head or another video in a picture-in-picture format. Publish it to YouTube with a single click.

Automatic screen capture with smart full-motion recording

Automatically record all your actions, including mouse movements and keyboard activity, while using any software application. Full-motion recording automatically switches on and off for drag-and-drop actions.

AutoText Captions

Create text captions that describe concepts and screen actions, or have Adobe Captivate software automatically add them during recording. Customize the appearance, size, orientation, position, and display speed of captions.

 

Attractive out-of-the-box quizzing

Create eye-catching quizzes with new out-of the-box quiz templates and an attractive set of components.Work in an improved quiz review area that makes evaluation simpler and faster.

Single-click publishing to YouTube

Create a project using preset dimensions, and use the new direct workflow to publish it to YouTube with a single click.

HTML5 publishing

Deliver eLearning on the go. Now publish eLearning content as HTML5, and take your courses to mobile devices. Send scoring data to leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs and track learner progress.

iPad publishing

Take your eLearning to mobile iDevices. Create interactive eLearning content in a jiffy using the iPad and iPhone presets. Publish content as HTML5, for access using browsers on iPads and iPhones.

Integration with SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs

Rest assured that your scoring data will integrate smoothly with your Learning Management System (LMS). Publish your courses effortlessly to leading LMSs like Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba, and SumTotal.

 

Adobe Bridge CS6

What is Bridge?

Adobe® Bridge CS6 digital asset management software is a powerful photo and design organizer that provides centralized access to all your creative assets.

Cross-platform support, display of linked files, and flexible batch processing in Adobe® Bridge CS6 software help you manage your photos and design files with ease.

Cross-platform, 64-bit support

Take advantage of 64-bit support for excellent performance in Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw, especially with large files and while browsing, searching, organizing, and viewing your creative assets.

Adobe Mini Bridge

Access all your creative assets within the context of what you’re working on with Adobe Mini Bridge, a customizable panel within Adobe InDesign®, Photoshop®, and Photoshop Extended software. Sort and filter, and then drag files right into your document.

Display of linked files in InDesign documents

Quickly access every component of your page layouts with the ability to browse linked files in InDesign documents from directly within Adobe Bridge.

JPEG export

Convert any supported graphic, image, or document in Adobe Bridge to JPEG format for an easy way to share files via web galleries, email, and more.

Custom image sizing and PDF watermarks

Enjoy more control when creating web galleries. Add watermarks to PDF files, resize images precisely, and click once to display filenames in HTML and SWF galleries.

Flexible batch processing

Save time by using Adobe Bridge to batch process raw files or quickly conduct batch renaming. Use a simple Find and Replace command, and customize your dialog box by moving fields around with drag-and-drop ease.

Drag-and-drop file flexibility

Easily place Adobe Illustrator® files in InDesign layouts, create new Smart Objects in Photoshop, and more with the ability to drag and drop files between Bridge or Mini Bridge and other Creative Suite® components.

Editable Path bar

Move among folders more easily thanks to an improved navigation bar.

Centralized color settings

Set color preferences from a centralized Bridge panel for more consistent color in your projects and files. This single set of preferences controls color settings for Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat® X Pro.

What’s new in Adobe Audition CS6?

Adobe® Audition® CS6 software offers high-performance, intuitive tools for audio editing, mixing, restoration, and effects. Powerful new features such as real-time clip stretching, automatic speech alignment, and control surface support help you deliver projects faster than ever

dit audio faster and with more precision with Adobe® Audition® CS6 software. Clean up audio, quickly align and edit dialogue, change clip pitch and speed, automate mixes with control surface support, and collaborate more easily with a host of new and improved features.

Fast, precise editing

Accomplish more in less time with intuitive editing, sound design, processing, mixing, and mastering tools, optimized for film, video, and radio workflows. Speed up production with the high-performance, cross-platform software that streamlines production with improved features for file preview, clip spotting, audio sweetening, project sharing, and more.

Real-time clip stretching

Stretch clips nondestructively in real time. Preview changes and settings, and render for higher quality results. New varispeed mode adjusts speed and pitch together.

Automatic speech alignment

Quickly align and replace location dialogue with studio recordings, even with noisy production tracks. Fixing lip sync issues can now be completed in a fraction of the time.

EUCON and other control surface support

Work with control surfaces that use Mackie Control and Mackie Logic protocols, as well as Avid Artist Series control surfaces with native EUCON support.

Parameter automation

Automate entire mixes with new write, latch, and touch parameter automation modes.

Powerful pitch correction

Correct pitch problems automatically or with manual control. Compare pitch adjustments with the original in the Spectral Pitch Display view.

Tools for efficient session management

Work more efficiently with the new Media Browser for easy preview and import of assets, the Quick Search field in the Files panel, customizable session templates, and more.

Expanded output options

Deliver and archive your projects with more flexible delivery options such as output to audio CD, session archiving that saves all files, and expanded mixdown options.

Loudness standard compliance

Match volume to ITU BS.1770-2 loudness standards for advertising volume and noise.

HD video playback

Import and play back HD video without transcoding.

New effects

Design sounds with new effects including Generate Tones, Graphic Phase Shifter, Doppler Shifter, and Notch Filter.

Powerful effects routing and VST3 support

Increase flexibility for mixing and effects channel routing. Improve third-party plug-in compatibility and open up options for new effects with VST3 compatibility.

Simplified Metadata and Markers panels

View and edit XMP metadata, including BWF schema, Cart Chunk, and Radio Industry RIFF, enabling automated workflows within Adobe Creative Suite® Production Premium software and other production systems.

Expanded audio and video file formats

Import, play back, convert, and mix down to more video and audio formats such as FLAC, OGG, HE-AAC, WMA, MPEG-1 Layer 2, RAW, and more.

Improved batch processing

Streamline your workflow with improved batch processing that enables you to convert files to new formats or sample rates and apply Favorites at any time.

User-driven workflow improvements

Enjoy many new and updated features in Adobe Audition CS6 that are user requests, such as CD burning, multiple clipboards, the Metronome, and more.

Clip grouping

Edit multiple clips simultaneously, even if they are not in the same group. Use the new Suspend Groups feature to make edits to individual clips while maintaining the grouping.

Editing preview with selective skipping

Preflight deletions and fine-tune selections by listening to just the pre-roll and post-roll around a selection.

Trim to Selection

Make clip lengths automatically match a selection with the new Trim to Selection command in the Multitrack Editor.

Multiple clipboards

Keep multiple selections in memory for fast access to audio you wish to use repeatedly.

Support for more frame rates

Work with all types of footage with broader support for many video formats and frame rates, such as 23.976 and 59.94fps.

Favorites in Effects Rack

Apply your most commonly used effects combinations easily by saving them as Favorites.

Automatic retrieval of CD titles

Include CD track names automatically during import from audio CD.

Improved keyboard shortcut manager

Customize your workflow and increase productivity by configuring keyboard shortcuts more easily.

Metronome

Keep time accurately when recording audio with the new Metronome.

Sum to Mono

Quickly check your mix for phase problems with the new Sum to Mono command.

 

What’s new in After Effects?

Adobe® After Effects® CS6 software lets you deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics faster than ever before with new Global Performance Cache. Extend your creativity with built-in text and shape extrusion, new mask feathering options, and the fast, easy-to-use 3D Camera Tracker.

reate visual effects faster in Adobe® After Effects® CS6 software with Global Performance Cache, which optimizes and keeps your previews so you can beat deadlines instead of waiting for frame updates. Boost your creativity with a new 3D engine for text and shape extrusions, a 3D camera tracker, and variable-width mask feathering.

Global Performance Cache

Create more in less time. With new Global Performance Cache, your previews are saved and ready when you are — no more waiting for the application to catch up. This revolution “under the hood” makes After Effects extremely fast and responsive by taking full advantage of the power of your computer’s hardware for visual effects and motion graphics.

3D Camera Tracker

Track 3D elements with complete control over depth of field, shadows, and reflections. Automatically analyze and place 3D track points onto 2D footage in the background while you work.

Ray-traced, extruded text and shapes

Extrude fully ray-traced text and shapes natively and take full advantage of reflections, environment maps, and more.

Variable mask feathering

Precisely specify feather values at any place along a mask, not just at its vertices. Control falloff and shape of feathering, resulting in a big boost to creative flexibility.

Integration with Adobe Illustrator

Instantly convert Illustrator vector art (AI and EPS format) into shape layers. Easily animate vector art in 2D or extrude to 3D.

Rolling Shutter Repair

Remove rolling shutter artifacts such as skew and wobble without forcing stabilization.

New and updated effects

Enhance your creativity with 90 new and updated built-in effects, including the complete 16- and 32-bit CycoreFX HD suite.

Avid AAF and FCP 7 XML file import with Pro Import AE

Import and work with files created in Apple Final Cut Pro 7 or earlier versions, as well as Avid Media Composer and Symphony, letting you integrate After Effects with professional production workflows.

mocha for After Effects CS6

Launch mocha for After Effects CS6 directly within After Effects CS6*.

Adobe Fireworks CS6 Classroom in a Book is now available!

I’m so excited! I just received copies of my latest book on Adobe Fireworks. Hard to describe the feeling of seeing your words in print. But after months of conceptualizing, writing, re-writing, editing and revising, it’s finally here!

My new book is now available!

I had a wonderful editing team to work with on the Project. Sheri German, my friend and Technical Editor (2nd time in a row) for this book kept me on task and was did a great job of making sure steps were accurate and clear. I owe her so much for the attention to detail she paid to this book.

Linda Laflamme, my Developmental and Copy Editor, did an amazing job of getting into my head, helping to to flesh out details in an easy to understand, but concise and personable manner.

And of course, Valerie Witte, my Production Editor at Peachpit, was super-supportive, incredibly patient and always there when I needed her. She is a joy to work with.

I’d also like to thank my son, Joseph Hutt (himself and aspiring writer and creative individual) for allowing me to use photos I took of him in some of the exercises in the book. Likewise, thanks go to my very good friend Tom Green, fellow writer, teacher and mentor of mine, and his son Rob Green, for giving me permission to use photos of them in the book as well.

I am very appreciative of the fact that Peachpit Press recognized the need for  text on Fireworks, where many publishers have not.

Thanks also to all those people whom I’ve talked with, griped with or who so generously shared with me their skills, opinions or sample art to use in sections of the book.

I’m very pleased with this edition of the Fireworks Classroom in Book. It’s the third CiaB I’ve written on Fireworks, and I feel it’s the best one so far. My goal with this edition was to rewrite as much of the book as possible, and refresh as much of the art work and exercise files as was feasible. I think I met my goal, while also adding completely new content and addressing feedback from previous editions.

It’s also a bit more of a personal book for me, because so much of the artwork – photos, interfaces, wireframes – are of my own creation. Many images from my yearly camping trip with Joe, Tom and Rob (and Marley, the camp mascot) appear in this edition, so while it’s an instructional text, it also contains memories for me.

What is Classroom in a Book?

For those of you who’ve not picked up a Classroom in a Book (CiaB) before, these texts are both reference and how-to manuals in one. Project based, they take users through an introduction to the software’s interface, and then get right into using the tools to produce content. In short, hopefully answering not just the how, but also the “why”, when possible.

While not a replacement for official documentation, it’s hoped you will glean ideas, workflows and tips from these books that you might not necessarily get from the manual.

If you’re interested in designing, wireframing or protoyping for the web, applications or even just doing more with your screen graphics for PowerPoint, I think this book gives you just what you need to use Fireworks effectively.

If you’re a teacher, I’ve also written a companion guide for the book to help you plan out lessons, and giving you summaries of what each chapter (lesson) covers.

If you pick up a copy, please let me know what you think. I would love to get feedback on the book.