Adobe are discontinuing development of Adobe Fireworks

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Earlier this week I read an article on the Adobe Blog concerning the future of Adobe Fireworks, and sadly Adobe have decided to discontinue the development of Adobe Fireworks. The last version of this great design tool will be CS6, and Adobe have said that they will continue to sell Fireworks CS6 and make it available as part of their Creative Cloud service. They went on to say that they will provide security updates as necessary and may provide bug fixes.

Its unfortunate that they have decided to discontinue development of Adobe Fireworks, but in all honesty we’ve not seen many new features being added to this application in previous creative suite updates.

When I first started out in web design the college I studied at could only afford a site licence for Macromedia Fireworks and nobody had any exposure to Photoshop for producing web designs. Since then I continued to use Fireworks to design websites, because that’s what I had spent the last 3 years using and I had become proficient and quick using Fireworks.

Why do I like Adobe Fireworks so much?

More accuracy than Adobe Photoshop – In the Adobe Fireworks preferences pane I love being able to specify an X and Y coordinate for an element to aid in positioning it within a design and to my knowledge Photoshop doesn’t have this feature.

I love the interface – Fireworks has an uncluttered, easy to use interface that I’ve loved since the first time I used Fireworks. In Photoshop common tasks are sometimes less obvious and takes longer than in Fireworks.

It would seem that Adobe are discontinuing Fireworks so they can focus on a smaller set of applications. It comes down to quality not quantity, and with Adobe having nearly 10 products in their creative suite I think its good that they are focussing on a smaller set of applications and I’m sure the quality of future updates will only benefit as a result.

The death of Fireworks CS6 will force me to use the other applications in the creative suite for their intended purpose and stop using Fireworks for most of my design work.

What are your thoughts on Adobe’s decision to discontinue development of Adobe Fireworks? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Ben Lacey is the Managing Director of Lacey Tech Solutions. He is passionate about everything to do with websites from design and development through to search optimisation and hosting. He started the company blog as a platform to help educate current and prospective customers about the ever changing website development industry.

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