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Prototyping with Adobe Fireworks

It seems like Adobe Fireworks is becoming a new favourite prototyping tool of many interaction designers. With the CS3 version, Adobe has added a number of new features that makes it interesting for prototyping purposes:

- You can create pages instead of having to work with a maze of layers
- You can have a master page holding elements shared across pages
- It comes with a library of common user interface widgets that you can drag and drop onto pages
- You can create your own widgets
- You can make elements clickable and link them to other pages
- You can export the whole thing as web pages to create a clickable prototype
- You can work with schematic designs to fully treated graphic designs

Below you'll find a video and three tutorials on how to use Fireworks as a prototyping tool.


  • Video of a web page made with Fireworks Open link in new window
  • Tutorial: Rapid prototyping in Fireworks CS3 Open link in new window
  • Tutorial: Wireframing with Fireworks CS3 Open link in new window
  • Tutorial: Using Fireworks CS3 to design effective, interactive website presentations Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 24, 2008

See also: Tools (106)  Prototyping and wireframing (119) 



Thanks for this collection!

Tobias | March 28, 2008


You're welcome ;)

Henrik Olsen | March 31, 2008


Fireworks is indeed a great tool for prototyping. We figured out how it also can work for prototyping for the iPhone. This is how you do it:

Matthijs Collard | April 26, 2009


I remember Imageready was a tool in web site prototyping before, with the rollovers and stuff. But I heard about Fireworks and the myriad of things you can do with it - iPhone apps, Adobe Air widgets. I can\'t wait to try this!

Marcus Dane | April 07, 2010



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