Macromedia Fireworks vs Adobe Photoshop for creating website layouts

@raasha (109)
India
December 25, 2006 12:43pm CST
The Answer to this in my opinion is obvious, but there exists a lot of confusion over what kind of a graphics program Fireworks really is. I've been using Fireworks for over 5 years now and I wonder why this program hasn't got its due popularity in web design circles. Fireworks combines vector and raster editing tools into a single interface, thus saving the time that designers usually spend switching between multiple programs to create web graphics. For Web designers, Fireworks is a far more feature-rich, powerful and flexible tool than photoshop. This question goes to all you people who design graphics for the web: Would you use still use Photoshop for web graphics if you discovered a tool that does more or less the same work faster, has an easy learning curve and cost much lesser?
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@juls2me2 (2151)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I have to agree with you. Fireworks is by far an awesome Graphic Editing tool. I too have used it since 2002 and was a big Photoshop user previously. I've found that all my needs have been met with Fireworks and I bearly revert back to Photoshop any more.
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
cool, I'm all for setting up more discussion forums for the lovely Fireworks...like minded people like you would be essential in popularising this awesome program
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@neo2neo (461)
• India
26 Dec 06
Adobe Photoshop I have been working with graphics since 1995 and Photoshop was the only application that time (to the best of my knowledge). Once I got familiar with Photoshop I found it very easy and effective to work with Photoshop. It offers a lot of functionality with limited number of tools in the main menu. Just combine them with short keys and you are done. Result of which you get more work area! I also like some features from Fireworks like creating a dropdown menu etc. I never found a reason to switch to Fireworks from Photoshop. They both could be unique in there own way, but I think Photoshop overpowers Fireworks (for me). I am more comfortable optimizing images, creating shapes in Photoshop. Now Adobe has acquired Macromedia, so I guess it will be interesting how Adobe promotes Fireworks and Photoshop. Thanks
@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
I was waiting to hear real reasons for the preference to photoshop. Yours is the first real set of reasons. For more info on what Adobe has thought up for the future of both programs, please refer to the links I'v given in previous posts.
@neo2neo (461)
• India
26 Dec 06
Thanks Raasha, for letting me voice my opinion and welcoming the same.
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@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
25 Dec 06
adobe  - adobe logo
Before Adobe acquired Macromedia, Fireworks is similar to Adobe ImageReady for preparing graphic files for web use. Some features of Photoshop cannot be done on Fireworks like the layer effects, etc. while Photoshop cannot do animated gif (ImageReady does this for Photoshop). I would speculate that Fireworks would replace or be integrated with ImageReady in the upcoming Adobe CS3
• India
26 Dec 06
hi i m web designer i m always use Adobe photoshop CS for making layouts
@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
Well, just lat your hand on a trial version of Fireworks, I promise it won't dissappoint! Once you see the speed at which you can work with Fireworks, Photoshop will feel like a drag.
@srenda (382)
• Brazil
26 Dec 06
I use Fireworks, for my website design, I never have used PhotoShop for webdesign, but I really think that Fireworks is the best, because it has a very friendly and practice interface, a lot of designers don't has time to spend using a lot of programs, just for creat a design or a layout, so Fireworks, in my opinion, is the best image editor program. Good discussion.have a nice day raasha.
@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
If only there were more open minded people like you who'd even give Fireworks a chance!
@alienstar (5140)
• India
26 Dec 06
Hm...interesting.being a web designer myself, i have been using photoshop since the begining and although i tried to laern fireworks in between by going through free tutorials on the net and found it time consuming and not that easy to laern also.....so, got stcuk with photoshop for all thse designs.I prefer combination of Dreamviewer, photoshop and flash for my website deisgns and i still don't know what all extrafeatures does fireworks have compared to photoshop and i just know for now, learning fireworks now is time consuming for sure....
@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
Its time consuming, maybe for the lack of useful tutorials and help
• Serbia And Montenegro
26 Dec 06
Hmm...good question. The first image editing software i've ever known is photoshop, but then soon as i started using fireworks, i've forgotten all about photoshop! fireworks offer much more friendly and easier features and interface. and i end up using fireworks for everything graphic. but well, as the more i used fireworks, it has become apparent to me that fireworks offer a little more less than photoshop in terms of quality editing, effects, etc. so now im using both for different and distinguish reasons for each. but well, what the heck, they're both now owned by adobe. :)
@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
*smile*
@shyam4uall (1003)
• India
26 Dec 06
I think Fireworks is a very good software meant for only web-designing..whereas I think Adobe photoshop is a versatile software with very large field of its application. so I would vote for Adobe Photoshop CS2 over Macromedia Fireworks.
@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
Well shyam4uall, My discussion question clearly states 'for creating website layouts'. I've innitited a debate over which program wins in a web design battle. I'm not debating over Photoshop's competencies as a more versatile program at all. So you're vote is out of context.
@istanto (8572)
• Indonesia
26 Dec 06
I will choose which one is easy to use and compacting my works. I don't care the program name or whatever as long that program help me to complete my works more easy I will use it.
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
U're the girl! You'll probably appreciate a program regardless of its brand value.
• Italy
26 Dec 06
I think that: Much photoshop's user, use it because it is much popular than Fireworks! Personally i use photoshop because i use it by a long time and i can do everything with it!
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
so here's one of the reasons...we're too complacent to try out new stuff.
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
26 Dec 06
Photoshop seems to be unparallel for the varieties of effects that you can create with it, and a simpe picture can be made to look mervellous with Photoshop. Do n't need to look back once you have got some knowledge in Photoshop.
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
U have to try out Fireworks...I can tell you that most of the 'awesome' effects that you love photoshop for can be accomplished in Fireworks...besides for a medium like the web, photoshop has way too many capabilities that are redundant.
• United States
26 Dec 06
I don't really know what the answer would be but I am glad I saw this. I am wanting to make a website and was wondering what things to try... Now, I'll have to check these out... Thanks for posting this..
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
In that case, please try out this program. It has a fairly easy learning curve and the in-built tutorials are good enough to get anyone started.
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• Singapore
26 Dec 06
Photoshop is my preference cos lots of tutorials and support can be found easily.
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
That's one point I'd agree on. For Some reason there is a dearth of tutorials and other support for Fireworks. But since Fireworks has the ability to make use of Photoshop plugins and most effects in Photoshop can be emulated in fireworks...the only difference being that there aren't enough people putting up 'how to do...' articles for this program on the net.
@_Greeneye_ (1526)
• India
25 Dec 06
i havent use fireworks
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
You can download a trial version and give it a shot here: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=fireworks&loc=en%5Fus Man Adobe needs to thank me for the selfless acts of promoting their product *grin*
@humaaaa (1392)
• Pakistan
25 Dec 06
I have been using Macromedia Fireworks MX since 2 years to make graphics for my web sites or even my MSN Display pictures. I find it easier and i can make best pictures from Fireworks than Photoshop. As far as popularity is concirened that is another reason, Adobe already created its name in graphics editing software then Macromedia is 2nd in the market because Macromedia launched much after Adobe did.
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@raasha (109)
• India
26 Dec 06
somebody who understands my sentiments here :)
@kingadnan (1541)
• Pakistan
26 Dec 06
Yes Fireworks is really very best for Web Designers, Best Designers prefere Fireworks. Wel i will learn Fireworks because i know this is very good tool to design Web Template. thanks buddy
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• Philippines
26 Dec 06
but i do think photoshop is easier to use than fireworks and the interface look better than macromedia applications has. Beginners might find photoshop easier to use but for the advance graphic artists well maybe fireworks really deserves to be used...
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@shekruse (680)
• India
26 Dec 06
PhotoShop acts as a Graphic Editor for Web layouts adn I guess Fireworks does more than just creation also supports in actually making Animations as well.. I don't really have a clue about Fireworks as i haven't worked on it except Photoshop CS 2
• India
26 Dec 06
First thing The Brand......Adobe is larger than macromedia.....I think they purchased macromedia recently. Macromedia is not as popular as Adobe. I agree fire works is far supiroir than Imageready given by macromedia. But adobe is trying to have its identity. What happenned to pagemaker got indesign.
• Canada
26 Dec 06
I actually used Fireworks for a new friends area on my myspace site. Unfortunately, I gave up after the prototype, but it worked like a charm! It looked like the old Polaroid pictures thrown onto a table, and each picture has a picture of my friend in it. And each picture is also a link to their myspace. I thought it was kind of neat, to bad I never went past more than 4 friends on there...I might get back to it afterwords. But anyways, to add to the topic, I tried to do it on photoshop, originally...and I had a terrible time even trying. I couldn't get it to work on the site, properly and it was just a horrible experience.
@firdaus (686)
• Malaysia
26 Dec 06
Macromedia Fireworks, also known as FW for short, is a bitmap and vector graphics editor, developed by Macromedia and aimed at web designers (with features such as: slices, the ability to add hotspots etc.). It is designed to integrate easily with other Macromedia products, such as the popular Dreamweaver and Flash, and is bundled in the Macromedia Studio 8 suite. In December 2005, Adobe completed the acquisition of Macromedia. How the two product lines will merge is still under speculation. Fireworks is most similar in purpose to Adobe ImageReady, in that it is designed specifically for web-based graphics, with somewhat limited print-based capabilities. Unlike ImageReady, Fireworks features vector editing capabilities, and a more robust feature set overall. Fireworks may be purchased alone or included with Macromedia Studio 8. Many web developers appreciate the features and functionality that the entire program suite offers. However, for those who need only an image editor, the stand-alone copy is more than sufficient. The development of Fireworks continues after the acquisition, Fireworks 9 is now in Beta stage.