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.
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.