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After reading the thread “why flash sites are bad”, it really got me thinking.You see I have started using Fireworks 4 for quite a few things recently. But since im still learning how to use fireworks to its full potential im just wondering if its worth my while. I mean you guys all had so much bad stuff to say about Flash is Fireworks just as bad when doing animation? Any input would be appreciated.
Fireworks MX is very good and I use it every day, like Knightly says "Its just that a lot of people don't know how to use it properly" - the wrong tools in the wrong hands, if you are a bad driver no matter what car you drive you will still be a bad driver.
Eyecandy is a cool addon also
There is also a wonderful network of Fireworks support and tutorial sites and, of course, the Fireworks newsgroup - which is frequented by many of the best authors on the subject.
[edited by: WildAngel at 8:51 am (utc) on July 23, 2002]
It specialises in vector graphics (which can be easily resized) as opposed to bitmap graphics (which consist of a number of pixels within a certain density) - although its bitmap capabilities are often severely underestimated by non-users.
It has support for and integration with other Macromedia products - especially the round-trip editing from within DW, where you do not have to leave DW for changes to take effect.
If there is a negative side to using it, it might be the non-support for SVG as a format, if that does make the breakthrough into general acceptance.
The closest Adobe product would be Photoshop. Although Photoshop is a more all-round graphics programme, Fireworks is a specialist web graphics programme. On recent editions, Adobe has strengthened the web graphics side while Macromedia have strengthened the bitmap editing side.
*treads gingerly away from the Adobe/Macromedia demilitarised zone*
Of course Adobe say that Illu is perfect for web, print and whatever but I think it was developped primarily for print indeed.
*prepares to ask which is the better tool but sees the mine in time* ;)
And also to be honest, I wouldn't have any problem using either of them. I personally use Fireworks and, on the few times I have used PS, have found it more longwinded to achieve similar effects. No doubt PS users would say the same about trying to retouch a photo in Fireworks.
(Ouch, we really are treading on thin ice in this thread - FW vs PS, now DW vs Homesite, where to next?)
Web graphics are not nearly as demanding as print, so if all you're doing is web work, I don't recommend spending the extra $$ on Photoshop. (I love photoshop. It's what I've used for years... However I also do print design, and my boss pays for my software.)
If you're really on a budget, but you still want to do a lot of photographic work, get PaintShopPro. It's cheapest by far, and I've never heard of any serious drawbacks to using PSP for web graphics.
Bottom line is not what software you use, it's what results you get. You can make terrific looking web graphics with any of those three programs... and you can make really lousy looking ones too. ;)
I use Photoshop because I've learned to be flexible: I can do what I did in Firworks, and what I used to do working with Corel Photo Paint. Before I got into the "comfort zone" I would switch back and forth between programs, doing "this in that one" and "that in this one..." sometimes I would fire up the other one just to keep the dust off of it. But now I save time working almost exclusively with a single program.
Could I use Fireworks in place of Photoshop? Of course... anyone could. The key is learning to use the tool - and the talent behind it. Pick a program, they are all good. Learn it, enjoy it... create!
However, the rise in popularity of the PNG format - the proprietary FW file format - I think will lead to a rise in FW's fortune.
If I'm trying to make changes to their code, I find the PS produced code easy to pick my way through... in comparison the FW produced code is a nightmare.
Just my €0.02
Photoshop 6 was designed to add to and enhance the web graphic aspect of Adobe's flagship program. The layer control and enhanced text abilities did it for me. From that point on, I began to use Photoshop almost exclusively.