By Leigh Howells on 18th April 2012
A short screencast about symbols, and their huge time-saving benefits. Less of a ‘tip’ and more of a ‘why I love Fireworks for web design’ sort of thing.
2012 at 19:41
Brilliant! I had no idea. Thanks for the tip!
2012 at 15:17
Symbols are great. The header example you give, however, might be better down with a shared layer — so that the header and its placement are the same across all of your pages.
2012 at 15:57
Planning to do a tip on Shared Layers next – they’re great for headers especially. I should probably have used a footer example which are more likely to appear in different position on the page.
Daniel Van Cuylenburg
2012 at 15:38
Thanks for doing the video!
Re: your first good use of Symbols in Fireworks. For same objects across pages, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to create a Master Page? No need for copying and pasting symbols each time, and everything is loaded for you when you create the next page from the master page etc.
2012 at 16:04
Yes, you’re right. Although isn’t it the same problem as shared layers – Master Pages are great if everything is in the same position. Footers and other elements are better examples for symbols. Please let me know though as I’ve not used Master Pages so often.
Daniel Van Cuylenburg
2012 at 20:11
Well generally, going by a typical site layout and keeping consistency the header, secondary content and footer remain the same position amongst a site – so this would fit in for master pages.
For symbols. A good use for them could be for re-occuring elements within a content area such as block menu items. But mostly use them for wire-framing.
2012 at 9:16
Man that is very, very useful. Looking forward to more.
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