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Adobe Fireworks to make a bang

an image of the Adobe logoAdobe show the door to their own pre-Macromedia acquisition image editing application ImageReady to elevate Fireworks to sub Photoshop status. Well, that’s the plan, anyway.

I used to use Fireworks some years back, but in the end I just gave up trying to make it work the way other proper Mac applications work.

You see, Macromedia had some nice enough ideas, but were utterly shit at implementing them.

Take for example their insistence on creating a completely different interface scheme for each & every application. Or how they had totally different schemes for timeline editing in Director, Fireworks and Flash.

And let’s not forget how they just completely disregarded keystroke conventions and used their own, often Byzantine, bewildering keystrokes for the kind of stuff every other Mac application used without fault.

Oh, and then there’s the instability thing. Crashing applications, lost data and corrupted files everywhere.

So imagine my delight / relief when Adobe absorbed Macromedia, applications and all.

OK, rant over, ‘coz I’ve done all that before.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, right, Fireworks:

“The upcoming version of [Fireworks] is set to replace ImageReady in the next version of Adobe’s Creative Suite with a simplified photo slideshow creation tool as well as a much tighter link with Photoshop.

Objects in Fireworks CS3 are will be shareable with Illustrator, Photoshop, and the rest of the Creative Suite through Adobe Bridge.”

So with Adobe being in charge of things, look out for much more refinement, stability and consistency of user interfaces .. you know, the stuff that gets the job done…

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

2 replies on “Adobe Fireworks to make a bang”

Hi Sebastian!

I did post this article with you in mind, knowing that you’re a keen Fireworks user.

Let’s hope it’s a better application for the move to Adobe.

I might even give it a look again sometime…

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