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Top 10 Fireworks Public Beta Features

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The Fireworks public beta offers mind-blowing new features and some great improvements over previous Fireworks versions. Jim Babbage escorts us through his 10 faves.

The Fireworks public beta shares the same font engine as Photoshop and Illustrator, giving you more control over type in Fireworks and making text imported from an AI or PS file render more predictably and as a completely editable object. You can even copy and paste text blocks easily between the applications.

Font changes also are evident in the Property inspector. Fonts are grouped according to font families and styles, instead of just plain alphabetical ordering; now it's easier to set specific font characteristics within the Property inspector, and you can find the font you want even when you have many fonts installed on your computer (see Figure 22).

Another long-awaited text feature is text wrapping. In an HTML layout, it's very common to see text flow around an image, but trying to emulate this capability in Fireworks has always been a pain. You had to fake it with a series of separate text boxes; or copy the elements to Illustrator, wrap the text there, and then paste it back into Fireworks. Now you can draw any vector shape, custom or preset, select both the text and the vector, and choose Text > Attach in Path. The text will flow inside the path just like text wrapping around a floated image would (see Figure 23).

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