From what I understand there are a few authors who use Fireworks. I guess we just need to be explicit about the source files in our description.
It would probably be beneficial to create a new category for Fireworks PNG templates since a lot of designers have moved to Fireworks… (outside of the envato marketplaces).
I actually spoke with an employer the other day talking about on of his requirements for a web designer was to know Fireworks because it’s the main program they use.
I love Fireworks for prototyping becuase when you draw squares etc. you get that properties box so you can change the heights and widths.
Overall I prefer Photoshop because even though I’m not the best with it, I love the gradients and simple layer effects that I can create.
Comes down to choice though I guess.
Back in the days of table based design, i’d have said Fireworks because you could name your slices and it did all the table layouts for you. I’m cringing now!!!
50 reasons to use Fireworks over Photoshop
Two great features of Fireworks over Photoshop are the Scaling without distortion, and Rounded Rectangles.
Fireworks does have some great tools geared for web design, however I find i still need to go into Photoshop too often because of things that Fireworks lacks. So at the end of the day, I find it too much work to bounce back and forth between apps (with compatibility issues), so I just stay in Photoshop full time.
As I said in the other thread:
I worked with Fireworks for about a year and I say Photoshop all the way. If you don’t know how to code and want a program that does “rollover images” then sure use Fireworks. It’s great for simple website/webpage creation, but a huge pain for design.
The tools built into Fireworks make it an incredible futuristic version of Frontpage but by no means a comparable design tool.
If you’re working on a design concept, Photoshop is much faster to develop ideas and you have greater control over the design. The last thing I want is any graphics program getting involved in my code and that’s what Fireworks does. There is a separation between design and programming for me. I design with the code in mind, but I don’t want to mix the two, ever.
I started off with PS. Later realized it was way too complicated for designing Websites. So I did a bit of research and started testing out FW. At first I didn’t like it. Much more different than PS but later realized I needed to give it some time and learn it just how I took the time to use PS.
I’m extremely happy with FW. The ability to export as a .psd makes my life much easier to collaborate with other people.
Overall, use the tool that feels right for you. Don’t use the software just because it’s the industries standard. Remember nothing is set in stone so feel free to explore your options. You guys should all be like John Hicks.
I personally began with FireWorks MX. It taught me how to do things, but never in the most efficient manor. It was definitely a great tool to start with, but it has no where near the versatility of Photoshop. Once I took the time to learn what I was doing in Photoshop, I began to highly prefer it. I think one of my bosses said it best, “I use FireWorks because I have not taken the time to learn Photoshop.”