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These days photoshop comes bundled with imageready which can do all of what fireworks does - or there abouts - Photoshop is, without question, the defacto standard for image manipulation in the design industry and has as many pluses as Fireworks, if not more.
I use Fireworks daily becasue of the sinergy between vector and raster images - but wouldn't touch it with a bargepole for anything print related. They have their strengths, but I don't think I have seen a job you couldn't do in either when it comes to creating graphics for the web.
Learning Fireworks is easier though - Macromedia tends to be a bit more intuitive imo... for now ;)
Feel free to direct them to this thread if they need any more convincing. Also, please have them show us some of these magical ground-breaking web graphics that could never be achieved with PS.
Adobe owns Macromedia - so whether Fireworks dissapears or not I imagine there will certainly be more adobifying of the software in the MM Studio Range - amalgamation of imageready and fireworks has been hinted at by Adobe... as has the illustrator/freeehand combo... is this just rumor mongering...?
It is a massivly awesome image manipulation tool. Why else would they charge 600 bucks for it? ;)
kidding aside, if page weight is a big factor in your work, fireworks will squeeze about 10% more pixel compression when creating gifs and jpegs for the web. with bandwidth not so much an issue these days with growth in broadband, I don't waste the clients money on wringing every excess pixel out of the images if only a fraction of his visitors are on dialup. this is not to say I've stopped economizing image size, but if after 2 optimization attempts a 28K image is only2 or 3 pixels smaller, I'll leave it as is.
if you're doing a lot of Flash, Fireworks is the best choice.
I suspect Adobe will integrate a few of the best features of fireworks directly into flash and or director and trash the rest.
I for one hope Fireworks stays, really it should replace ImageReady, I think Adobe will have to be careful not to lose a large contingent of loyal Macromedia software users. I can understand the Freehand argument more, Macromedia seem o be focusing less and less on Freehand over the last few years anyway...
also, if you are working with dreamweaver then you will need fireworks to work seamlessly and save you time
don't stope using photoshop but master fireworks... it will be worth it
Lets pray Adobe don't kill off Fireworks, or 'Adobify' it and ruin it! Dreamweaver should be safe with such a large market share of the web development software market, I don't think they will want to rock the boat ....
Macromedia seem o be focusing less and less on Freehand over the last few years anyway...
Yeah I wasn't impressed at all with the later versions of Freehand. Fireworks is a neat program, but Photoshop is what I use the most. I don't get why choose between the two like that? They are both great programs but in different ways and for different things. Photoshop is however pretty much an industry standard, for print as someone said it's a must have.
Yeah yeah...PhotoSHop comes bundled with ImageReady. That's because when ImageReady was sold as a standalone app back in 1999 to compete with Fireworks...it failed miserably.
Fireworks and PS are both powerful apps for and are great at doing what they were intended to do, however, I have been using FW since version 1 and it is the only app I use for my web graphics.
Also, keep in mind that FW works synergistically with Dreamweaver, so if you use DW for your coding, your productivity will greatly benefit by using both apps together.