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The Joy of Dreamweaver MX: Chapter 4

Optimizing Images

If you examine the Property inspector, you'll see that the photo of Chip Havilmyer is 5 kilobytes in size. To optimize the image in Fireworks MX, select Chip.jpg in the Document window and choose Commands | Optimize Image in Fireworks.

The source file appears in a window identical to Fireworks' Export Preview dialog box. Use the Quality drop-down menu to change the JPEG compression from 80 to 70. To make the file size even smaller, you can uncheck Sharpen Color Edges. As you change the optimization settings, Fireworks previews the image and updates its file size. When you're finished, click Update.

Image Optimization Console

The optimized image appears in Dreamweaver's Document window. Select Chip.jpg and examine the Property inspector. The file size is now 4K.

If you use Dreamweaver's built-in FTP feature, you probably don't want to upload your PNG files every time you synchronize your site. To address this, click the plus (+) button to expand the Assets folder in the Site panel. Right-click the PNG folder and choose Cloaking | Cloak.

Display of cloaked images

Cloaking excludes files and folders from operations such as Get, Put, Synchronize, and Find and Replace. In addition, cloaked files don't appear in the Assets panel.

Other Fireworks integration features you might want to explore include

For more on Dreamweaver/Fireworks integration, see "Dreamweaver Integration with Other Applications" in Using Dreamweaver MX.


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The Joy of Dreamweaver MX, By Paul Newman
Copyright (c) 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies

Created: September 16, 2002
Revised: September 16, 2002

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