June 27, 2012
by gradykelly

Get all touchy feely with the Texture Panel

The best extensions save time

One of the best features of Adobe Fireworks is its ability to allow the designer to quickly get their ideas on the canvas. Of course, that does not mean that all of the tools in Fireworks work that way. Let’s take a look at how textures work in Fireworks.

Just look at that long list of textures!! It is really hard to know what each one is by name. Lucky for us, we get that tiny preview window! (insert sarcasm here)

Lucky for us Matt Curtis, aka @coderkid_ made the texture panel. Take a look.


February 17, 2012
by gradykelly

Bootstrap Fireworks

For the latest Bootstrap 2.1 Toolkit for Fireworks, go to http://fireworkstoolkits.com

Today’s post is about …

A UI Toolkit for Twitter Bootstrap version 2.0. The entire UI recreated as vector images for Adobe Fireworks. (Fw PNG)

Hey, that’s not an extension!

Ok, so this is not about a Fireworks extension, but its the only Fireworks blog that I can post to. :o) Besides, if you think about it, anything that extends the use of Fireworks should be talked about here!

Bootstrap, from Twitter

Bootstrap is a neat little html, css and javascript toolkit that lets you create web apps quickly and easily.

specctr featured image

January 29, 2012
by gradykelly

Need to show the details of your designs?
Say hi to Specctr.

Familiar Story

Has this ever happened to you? You just spent the last few weeks designing a user interface. Feedback from users has been positive and you are ready to show the development team what they will be working on in the next iteration. After the demo, you are confident that they understand what they are building and how everything should look and function. A few days later you check in to see how things are progressing.

“Why is that gray? It should be #0199FC!”

“What happened to the gradient in the menu?”

January 28, 2012
by gradykelly

Chen and Dimitri of OnPixel. Makers of Specctr.

A little about Chen and Dimitri, from Chen and Dimitri!

My name is Chen, I’m an interactive designer. Dmitriy is a web developer. We were lucky to become friends in High School and even luckier to have kept in touch. We have been close friends for over 10 years. We co-founded On Pixel inc. in July of 2011.

January 26, 2012
by gradykelly
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Howdy! Have you been wondering what’s been going on here?

A few months ago, when I first had the idea for extendingfireworks.com, I had a huge list of things that I wanted it to do. I spent some time jotting everything down on paper, vetted out some ideas with other designers and started hunting for the best way to get er’ all done. Then Thanksgiving happened followed by Christmas and a well deserved vacation. I noticed that time was flying and I still had not made the progress that I wanted. That is when I got some  good advice (from my awesome wife Michelle), “Just start small and go from there.”  So I decided to just put up something and get things rollin’ even if it was small.