Fireworks extensions are of two main types: commands and command panels. If you find yourself repeatedly performing a tedious task, you could write a command to automate the process and save yourself a lot of time. Alternatively, if you are missing a particular feature that would improve your workflow, you could write a more complex extension — a command panel — to implement it.
I learned to develop Fireworks extensions by writing the Specctr plugin1. While working on Specctr, I’ve witnessed Fireworks’ passionate community actively support the app — an app that has been widely overlooked by Adobe. (Sadly, Fireworks CS6 is the last major release2 from Adobe, but it is still available as a standalone application and through Creative Cloud. Adobe plans to support Fireworks at least through the next major releases of Mac OS X and Windows OS and to release bug fixes and patches for it.)
Dmitriy Fabrikant is the developer half of the designer-developer partnership that founded Specctr. (UI designers use Specctr to quickly create design blueprints containing the essential type, color, and spacing information developers must have to turn design into beautiful product, all from inside their favorite design tools.)
Before stacking bits as a web developer, Dmitriy stacked bricks as a real estate developer. In real estate development no one would dare start construction without a blueprint. Working as a front-end developer Dmitriy saw it happen all the time, often to the project's detriment. That's why when talented designer Chen Blume approached him with the idea for Specctr, he knew they had to build it together.
The links for this article were saved and organized using Knovigator. A simple bookmarking tool Dmitriy built to organize the content he liked around the way he searched.
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