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Part VI: Speed Up Your Workflow: Automat... > Harnessing the Power of Macromedia E...

Hour 20. Harnessing the Power of Macromedia Extensions

One of the first things that you realize about Fireworks, along with any other Macromedia product you may use, is the way that Macromedia encourages you to expand and extend the product’s basic capabilities. Now, this may sound a little scary, but it doesn’t need to be. The Macromedia Exchange is a dedicated part of the company’s Web site, and it is open to anyone. The exchange is full of handy downloads that have been developed by Macromedia itself, along with many that have been created by users who chose to share their innovations with everyone else.

Before going any further, you need to grasp exactly what an extension is. The name is self-explanatory—an extension is an addition to the program that extends its capabilities. An extension can be either additional JavaScript commands or, in some cases, an entirely new panel or panel group.


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