This is for all those Fireworks users, who had to work with a boss or dept who prefer you to work in Photoshop, do not worry, we are here to support you.
I have searched across the net, putting the keywords Fireworks vs Photoshop. What i discovered is that a lot of people are saying that Fireworks is easier & more productive to use for doing graphic work. You can do things in Fireworks in much less clicks than in Photoshop.
So why do I ask, my dept prefer to work in Photoshop. Aren't they making themselves work harder?
Even many photoshop users who have tried fireworks say that its easier & making their graphic design life easier.
Some say that Fireworks is only for Web Design. And photoshop is for print. Well, i don't think so. I use fireworks to do print jobs. I would do in fireworks first then use illustrator to produce the print output(convert to CMYK etc).
So try it for yourself, do a search Fireworks vs Photoshop in google, you too will discover that fireworks is better.
Hopefully, Adobe does not phase out fireworks. We just love fireworks. Its frustrating to work with photoshop.
If Adobe is smart, they will continue to work hard to greatly improve fireworks & add value to the product. I did not see fireworks listed on the Adobe website? Its like hidden in a drop down box. Hmmm? why is that. If they had bought macromedia, just to throw fireworks aside, and satisfy their corporate ego, i don't know what to say?
Look at the image below of Adobe's website. They are just not doing Fireworks any good. Common we love adobe fireworks. Fireworks is your own(Adobe) product, why not give it some love Adobe bro?
Funny, its like you know step brothers, where the real kid is loved by the parent & the adopted one is thrown aside. Man, if adobe ever wanted me to design & make their website even more user friendly, do consult me. A simple obvious solution & yet they are ignoring it.
If for what ever reason Adobe wishes to terminate Fireworks. Please don't, the product would be better off, being sold to another company, willing to greatly improve the product. Even if its to be sold to Microsoft, so be it. At least it will live on.
Alex Li is a Web Strategist specialising
in design & PHP open source based web technologies.