The Year of Fireworks

In January of last year (2012), we launched the Fireworks Police. Without a single voice in the community, in a haste, we became one of the top Fireworks resource sites in the world. Soon after, we were rated by numerous source as the top 3 resource sites to have bookmarked for Fireworks. It has been a successful year, not just for us, but for the Fireworks community as a whole. But that does not mean we’re satisfied yet.

We started the Fireworks Police with a goal, to bring Fireworks to the lime-light. Though we have made a name for ourselves, our goal for the software is far from complete. There are millions of people who still do not know the benefits of our wonderful software and many companies who reject the software as useful for resources on their site. This is something we wish to change in 2013. To achieve this goal for the year, we are partnering up with numerous companies and people to bring you some wonderful projects, resources and features.

The Fireworks Police V3

September of last year we took a rather unique approach to a resource site. We implemented a blog style that we felt was more suited for our resources and made the website easier to navigate. It was successful in achieving this objective, however, it did not improve the loading of content on our website. This was a big problem for the team as want to get our resources out to you fast and have it ready when you need it. That is why we created this new version of our website. Welcome to the new and improved Fireworks Police version 3.0.

In this update, we took advantage of our old style and worked on improving the loading speed, readability and accessibility. We integrated old framework with the Haze framework to create a website that provided you with easy to read content, while providing authors with a simple interface for posting.

One of the main changes you will notice right away is the navigation. With this version, we worked on improving how we categorized the internal pages of our website. We moved all off our wonderful free resources under a freebies link that will drop-down to reveal our child-categories. Next we added a premium section that highlights the numerous contents we have for sale on the web (read below for details on premium content). Next we made it easier for you to locate our library of tutorials and added a new category for coding tutorials. This year, with the help of numerous Fireworks community members, we plan on bringing some wonderful written and video tutorials on how to use resources, extensions and going from Fireworks to HTML. Finally, we made it easier for you to get in contact with us, read the terms and conditions and find the privacy policy.

Another change you will notice is the subscription option on the internal pages. Last year number of you have requested this feature where you will be automatically notified by email of new posts on our website. The subscription option will be same through out on the internal pages of the site, therefore will be easy to find. This function will allow you to do exactly that. But instead of getting just a notification, you will receive the entire article via email.

The Premium Initiative

Last year we listened to number of you designers and developers on how some online marketplaces do not allow you to sell Adobe Fireworks resources. This is a shame and we want to change that. We are talking to number of marketplace communities where we will start selling resources that include only Fireworks source files. We believe by limiting the source for the file, more and more people will slowly start using the software and eventually see the benefits of why we chose this over others. But we cannot do this alone. We want you to join in as well. Start showing your skills and creativity and take those to sell wonderful items on marketplaces such as ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, GraphicsRiver, CreativeMarket and more!

The Return of FireNews

The community was ecstatic when we launched the FireNews Magazine. Many said it was a great way to read and mind content they missed. It was a great idea. But after several issues, we had a hard time keeping up with the issue and the cause was ultimately our fault. We wanted to do too much. By making it have a custom HTML interface for each issue meant we had to do a lot of coding. But it was never about the interface, rather the content. That’s why we are taking the Codrops approach by making the FireNews a collective. Instead of having fancy items, we will post a brief description and previews. We think this is what you have wanted from the beginning and we apologize for taking this long to realize it.

 

Now please take the time to explore this new version of FWPolice. We would also love to hear what you have to say about it. You can post a comment here or take it to Twitter. Before we end, we would like to leave you with a few words from the very wise Jonah Jameson:

If we can get a picture of Julia Roberts in a thong, we can certainly make people see how awesome Fireworks is.

Sazzad

Hey there. I’m Sazzad, a User Experience Developer from New York City. I work with many talented folks who find ways of re-inventing the way users look at the web. I am the founder of the FWPolice and co-founder of Fleech Media. You can follow me on Twitter by the handle @IamShipon1988 .

2 Comments

  • erichideki says:

    Congratulations about your initiative, it’s awesome found great articles, tutorials and tips about Adobe Fireworks. Everyday more and more people lose the afraid to learn a new tool to use in yours projects. FW have so many easy and powerful features that will make life easier.

    Gradients, prototyping, creating layouts and banners are some things that FW can do more fast if that make in Photoshop.

    Anyway, congrats again.

    • Thank you Eric. It is sad to see how unwilling people are to try something new, that is the base for our initiative. Hopefully with the collaborative power of the community, we can make a change.

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