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Mck567
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I here that Fireworks is better for web development, no one ever really said why; I began to wonder what some of you guys prefer for mocking up sites.

So… which do you prefer, and why?

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webdesigndeluxe
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Photoshop. Never really tired fireworks but I’m sure it’s just as good. I’m might look at it someday.

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Alexhughes
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Personally I find photoshop the better design programme. (Edit, which is totally irrelevant because you said web development… Doh!)

I use fireworks for creating product mock ups for clients. Simply because I love their pages, hotspots and slice tool.

They both have their pro’s and con’s I think.

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imaginem
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I’m not sure you can compare those two products in that way. Both are specialized for different purposes and both by Adobe.

Either way, not sure anything can rival Photoshop easily :p

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JeffreyWay
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I think it all comes down to what you’re most comfortable with. Both will get the job done beautifully. Personally, I prefer Photoshop—but that’s only because I don’t have as much experience with Fw.

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Mck567
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By web development I just meant mocking up sites, didn’t really have coding or anything else in mind…

Well I think that Adobe created Fireworks specifically for designers, and created Photoshop specifically for photographers at least feature wise imo. However, people just began using Photoshop for everything and that’s where we’re at.

Plus there is the added fact that Photoshop has hundreds of tutorials, while Fireworks has very few, but I’m thinking work flow between Fireworks and Dreamweaver would be much more efficient.

I’ve never used Fireworks either, guess I’ll d/l the demo and try it out.

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jremick
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For clarification, Adobe didn’t create Fireworks. Fireworks was created by Macromedia (the same people who created Dreamweaver) and Adobe later bought them out (that was a few years ago).

Fireworks is more focused at web type media and web designers while Photoshop is and has always been the master application for basically all forms of image editing from photographers to web developers.

You’ll notice that Photoshop retails for something like $600+ while Fireworks retails for $300.

When I started out toying around with web design I was using Fireworks. Then I started working at a newspaper and learned Photoshop and stopped using FW. Now the only thing I use FW for is PNG8 Alpha Transparency. I’d like to get back into using FW as I hear it’s great for web design.

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cesiel1993
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Photoshop for the same reason as JeffreyWay – I’m more familiar with it.

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deedee
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I’ve been using Photoshop for years. It’s just a matter of habit…I guess.

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Monkify
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Fireworks does in fact have features that are most suited for web design and will improve workflow. However, given that most people have/use Photoshop, it’s best to design using that for compatibility purposes. I’m sure you’d get a lot of complaints if the resource files you include with your themes are Fireworks files rather than PSD .

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