A little history on Fireworks animation
Fireworks users have produced fast-loading animated GIFs in Fireworks since the early days of the product. There have been many changes to the User Interface (UI) since Fireworks 1, when the Opacity and URLs toolbars graced the screen horizontally. Several years ago, a Lynda Weiman seminar inspired a TechNote on the ever-popular fade-in/fade-on animation technique. This TechNote has been updated with each new version of Fireworks [see How to animate a text fade in and out (TechNote 13728)]. Since Fireworks 4 can now boast of a time-saving animation symbol creator, a brand new TechNote for the fade-in/fade-out technique is in order.
Below is an overview of the options on the Animate dialog box. These options allow for most kinds of animation, including movement, direction, scale, opacity and rotation. With this automated feature, you can quickly create basic animated symbols. Further, multiple animated symbols can exist on one canvas. More complicated animations, however, will still have to be made with tweening or with frame-by-frame alteration of the image. Example 1 (273 K) shows an animation that required extensive frame-by-frame manipulation.
The Animate dialog box in Fireworks 4