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The public beta of Fireworks CS4 is now available for download at labs.adobe.com. In addition to a very noticeable (and polished) cosmetic makeover, there are a lot of great new features. Check out Nick’s list of top new features. Alan has also posted a Breeze session archive demoing the new features. My panels should all function correctly, but please let me know if you run into any issues and I’ll work to get them fixed.
Over the past several months I’ve been working on a new “BrushManager” panel for Fireworks. I’ve been creating all of the individual pieces as AS3 components, both for ease of development and maintenance reasons. The BrushManager (I’ll eventually come up with a better name) lets you quickly toggle between Solid Fill, and Linear or Radial Gradient Fill. The Gradient editing capabilities currently in my Gradient Panel will be migrated into this new panel, along with a new precision Gradient Direction Editor. I currently have a test version of the Gradient Direction Editor in a standalone Fireworks Panel, available for download below.
Take the panel for a spin and send me your feedback. It’s still a bit buggy at this point, so use at your own risk!
The video below is encoded at 1280 x 720, so be sure and watch in HD on the Vimeo site!
Download Preview Panel: Fireworks Gradient Direction Editor Panel