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Part III: Extensions > Communicating with Fireworks

Chapter 7. Communicating with Fireworks

Any way you look at it, Dreamweaver is a big application. Yet, even the biggest web-authoring tool has its limitations—and rightfully so. You wouldn’t expect your coding environment to also create your graphics or rich media; dedicated applications such as Fireworks or Flash are far better suited for such specialized tasks. However, Dreamweaver’s architecture extends the boundary of the program’s functionality to embrace the power of other software within the Macromedia product line.

In this chapter, we’ll look at techniques I used to build cross-application extensions with Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash. The Dreamweaver-Fireworks connection is a little older and more developed than the one between Dreamweaver and Flash; numerous extensions that utilize the Fireworks graphics engine from within Dreamweaver are widely available. We’ll examine how that communication is handled and demonstrate with a sample application I built—Thumbnail Builder.


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