There, I said it! :)
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over 2 years ago
Is fireworks really a lot better to use then Photoshop? I've never really messed with it.
It's not better, it's simply more suitable for Web work. There's a subtle difference.
Fireworks was created with the Web in mind (it never had any print features, unlike Ps/Ai). Because of that, when doing Web/screen related work, it's usually faster and easier to use than Ps:
- Fireworks has Pages and Master Pages;
- Fireworks has also Layers and States, which allows for some degree of interactivity when you need to create a clickable prototype;
- Fireworks works with "objects", not "layers" (but of course, it has Layers/Sub-layers), and this can speed up work a lot;
- The Properties panel in Fireworks is so powerful that you rarely need to have open any other panel (this reduces clutter in the workspace);
- Fireworks has smart auto-shapes that give the Web designer a greater degree of flexibility than any other graphic design app;
- Fireworks is a vector-based tool (but it can also pretty well work with bitmaps);
- Fireworks can export an HTML/CSS/images prototype, when such a prototype is needed for review of a Web graphic design;
- Working with styles inside Fw is much easier and faster;
- Better compression, faster export;
- Better and much more varied gradients, which are "live editable" with gradient handles;
- Live styles, global styles, Symbols;
- Can open .psd/.ai and export/save to FXG 2.0, PNG32/24/8, GIF, JPG/JPG-Progressive, TIFF and some other file formats;
- Can export to PNG8 Alpha+Index, which can make alpha-transparent files directly viewable even in IE6;
- Powerful text engine;
- And many more... :)
Andre Reinegger gives a better (and more thorough) overview of Fireworks vs. Photoshop for Web; here's also another list of interesting resources...
Hope this helps!
I'm an avid Fireworks user and haven't put Photoshop to use for web work in over 5 years, but there are a few things here I didn't know about (including PNG8 Alpha+Index). Thanks for the heads up!
Yes, the Fireworks PNG8 feature is not that well-known (you may check a more complete description of it here). Since its use us much more broad than just compatibility with older versions of IE (that do not support alpha transparency in PNG files), John Nack recently even asked Photoshop users if they would like to have it, too. :)
Adobe Fireworks rules on web !
I also love Adobe Fireworks and I do all my work with it!! ;)
That's a pretty bad resolution.
Everyone that does web design should design in Fireworks, I dare say, even easier in Fireworks. Fireworks rocks!
about 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago
@Michel Bozgounov I love that you said it's not a matter of which is better, rather, which is most suitable for the job. If it came to photo editing, I would definitely go with Photoshop as it has more features and handles better for that purpose. But for web or UI design, I would go with Fireworks. Likewise, for print, I would use InDesign.
There is a reason why Adobe has multiple softwares and not just one. Each has their own specialties and target market. Yes they can do each others job too, but there's a limit to how well it can perform that task.
Btw I would love a print of this poster for my wall. My birthday's coming up (just a hint). lol
about 1 year ago
Would you like me to share with you the original Fireworks PNG file, which could be upscaled to poster print size?... :)
@Michel Bozgounov Sorry for the very late response, been a little busy. I think some users would like a poster size resource.
12 months ago
Here it is - 4000x3000 Fw PNG file!
It's big because after re-scaling, I realized there were one or two bitmap objects in it; but these could be easily edited/removed. :)
@Michel Bozgounov I'll let the community know about this. The text rendering on this isn't that great. I'm assuming it's because of the scaling.
Yes, probably because of the (up)scaling... I should perhaps take a look into the file and see why text looks not so good, and maybe fix it! :)
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