An absolutely spot on analysis of what’s good and not so good about Adobe’s powerhouse Fireworks, compared to Illustrator and Photoshop, from Jon Hicks:
Illustrator is undoubtedly best for print/high-res illustrations and logos, while Photoshop is the first choice for manipulating photos, especially for print.
As to the love and hate relationship with Fireworks:
Pixel-snapping vector tools aside, it’s most useful feature (that still isn’t present in anything else I’ve tried) is multiple Pages and States. Why have 45 separate files for a set of icons, when I can have one file that will export to 45 individual files? Let’s say all these icons have the same background, like a typical OS X toolbar button, and you notice a glitch. To update all those files would be tedious, but because it’s in Fireworks on a shared layer (or Master Page) one update is all that is needed.
What’s not to love? What’s missing:
- Auto-activating fonts
- Export to Illustrator
- Scrollable palette
- Pasteboard area
There’s room for competition here.