I'm brand new to all of this, so am unsure if my problems were version incompatability or user error. At any rate, click "Fireworks tutorials" to see my assessment, and go to http://www.ualberta.ca/~dsmeaton/FireworksDemo/
if you're interested in some of the other tutorials I worked at. They are the kindergarten version of some of the other postings I see. Remember what it was like the first time you got to use the big fat pencil?