Saturday, 23 June 2012

Adobe Fireworks CS6 Classroom in a Book is now available!

I’m so excited! I just received copies of my latest book on  Adobe FireworksHard to describe the feeling of seeing your words in print. But after months of conceptualizing, writing, re-writing, editing and revising, it’s finally here!

My new book is now available!
I had a wonderful editing team to work with on the Project. Sheri German, my friend and Technical Editor  (2nd time in a row) for this book kept me on task and was did a great job of making sure steps were accurate and clear. I owe her so much for the attention to detedback from previous editions.

It’s also a bit more of a personal book for me, because so much of the artwork – photos, interfaces, wireframes – are of my own creation. Many images from my yearly camping trip with Joe, Tom and Rob (and Marley, the camp mascot) appear in this edition, so while it’s an instructional text, it also contains memories for me.

What is Classroom in a Book?

For those of you who have not picked up a Classroom in a Book (CiaB) before, these texts are both reference and how-to manuals in one. Project based, they take users through an introduction to the software’s interface, and then get right into using the tools to produce content. In short, hopefully answering not just the how, but also the “why”, when possible.

While not a replacement for official documentation, it’s hoped you will glean ideas, workflows and tips from these books that you might not necessarily get from the manual.

If you’re interested in designing, wireframing or protoyping for the web, applications or even just doing more with your screen graphics for PowerPoint, I think this book gives you just what you need to use Fireworks effectively.

If you’re a teacher, I’ve also written a companion guide for the book to help you plan out lessons, and giving you summaries of what each chapter (lesson) covers.

If you pick up a copy, please let me know what you think. I would love to get feedback on the book.


  1. What is Fireworks?

    Adobe® Fireworks® CS6 software helps you create beautiful designs for websites and mobile apps in a snap, without coding. Deliver vector and bitmap images, mockups, 3D graphics, and interactive content for popular tablets and smartphones.

  2. If you ever wanted a reason to get the new Illustrator CS6, here a simple 2 minute reason - If you’ve recovered form the shock and awe, you can download it from here -

  3. There’s creativity in everyone and just because you don’t know how to draw or can’t sketch something beautiful, it doesn’t mean you can be a professional designers. I’ve been playing with illustrator, much like this - and I’ve learned that there’s as much beauty in creating new designs using designs themselves as there is in drawing or painting or composing something from scratch.

  4. Watch the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Roadshow videos on demand...

  5. I was at the Adobe Roadshow where they spoke of all the new features from all their new CS6 software. Not just that, they even gave us live tutorials. The whole thing was pretty cool and I was thinking to myself, whoever missed this is really missing out. Well, fortunately they’ve put up the video to the entire event - So you can get your tutorials and previews of new features wherever you are!

  6. If you missed the roadshow in your city you can catch the video here - It’s got a lot of demos and guides to the new features in CS6 and it covers almost all of the software. I was lucky enough to go and while I got a lot of pointers there, the video has a lot more to offer too, check it out.