Adobe is making a grave mistake by chopping off one of their leg, which was Adobe Fireworks. The decision on discontinuing Fireworks proved how much disconnected they are from their users. I am a User Experience consultant, and I plan, design interfaces in Fireworks. From Wireframe, to Mockups, Visual Design to quick click-through Prototype – Adobe Fireworks offered so much, that no other tools even came closer to its uniqueness. People I met in this industry – I saw 9 out of 10 UX designers use Fireworks as their go to tool for creating interfaces.
Adobe may have decided to put Photoshop as a replacement for it, but people who use Fireworks – they clearly know there is no competition between Photoshop and Fireworks. Photoshop is great for graphics design, photo editing etc. But clearly Photoshop doesn’t offer Page > State > Layer and Symbol based architecture like Fireworks does, which helps UX designer to accomplish their job faster and easier, where Photoshop only offers Layer based design out of those four. Symbol is one of the best features that Fireworks originally inherited from Flash. If you don’t know what symbol is, let me tell you about it briefly:
Symbol is a piece of object-oriented part of your design where you can use/reuse the same design over and over without breaking your design or changing all of your files/pages over and over again. You just change it once, and it reflects everywhere. You can also dynamically manipulate symbol by adding its properties for different instance. Symbol is a big time saver. Check adobe documentation to learn more about symbol.
You probably already know Pages inside Fireworks, it helps users to stay in one project file and have multiple page design inside Fireworks, where Photoshop doesn’t offer you that. State is another part where you can have multiple states for one page.
If you little bit of programming, you can even do a lot more with Fireworks, and fireworks is the only tool for true Interaction Design, and for Graphic design, no doubt it does the same job as Photoshop.
I am subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud just for Fireworks; I bought entire Adobe Web Premium CS5, CS4, and CS3 just for Fireworks. Though I barely touched other tools from Adobe CS, but like me most of the Interaction designers are heavily using Fireworks, and also keeping their entire Adobe Complete Suite with it.
We are too busy doing our jobs; we don’t really follow what’s going on with Adobe’s MAX world. I just saw Adobe released the CC versions for most of the tools after CS6, and then I noticed they didn’t release any Fireworks CC version. Did some investigation, and then I got to know that they decided to wipe Fireworks off. That didn’t make any sense to me! I am still shocked and surprised with the self-destructing decision Adobe has made. I am even thinking of unsubscribing my Adobe Creative Cloud license, and just buy Fireworks CS6 license, which still exists.
Finally thanks to Adobe for acquiring Macromedia and ruining their products. They ruined ColdFusion, Flash; chopped off Fireworks, next? Get ready for Dreamweaver.
If you love Adobe Fireworks, please raise your voice and protest against their crazy decision.