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Chapter 11. Working with Behaviors > Designing Entire Pages in Fireworks

Designing Entire Pages in Fireworks

One of the best, and often overlooked, uses of Fireworks is to create entire page designs with it. Fireworks’ always-editable vector graphics make the trial-and-error process, which is so important to the creative process, painless. You can move items around, resize them, or change their color if you don’t like them. You can create a design and multiple variations by simply copying and pasting objects. Because Fireworks designs don’t rest on HTML like Dreamweaver designs do, you can redo entire structures using drag and drop instead of fussing with tables, merged areas, and cellpadding.

The wall that many users run up against, however, is how to seamlessly get their designs out of Fireworks and into Dreamweaver. Sooner or later, you must deal with HTML tables (or another HTML-positioning strategy, such as CSS or layers). You can make the transition in many ways, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. For simplicity, the ways can be divided into two main categories:


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