ⓘ Adobe Fireworks

                                     

ⓘ Adobe Fireworks

Adobe Fireworks is a discontinued bitmap and vector graphics editor, which Adobe acquired in 2005. Fireworks is made for web designers for rapidly creating website prototypes and application interfaces. Its features include slices, which are segments of an image that are converted to HTML elements, and the ability to add hotspots, which are segments of an image that are converted to hyperlinks. It is designed to integrate with other Adobe products such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Flash. It was available as either a standalone product or bundled with Adobe Creative Suite. Older versions were bundled with Macromedia Studio.

On May 6, 2013, Adobe announced that Fireworks would be phased out, citing the increasing overlap in functionality with its other products such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Edge. Adobe will continue to provide security updates and perhaps bug fixes for the current version of Fireworks, but does not plan to add any new features beyond what is in Fireworks CS6.

                                     

1. User interface

Fireworks user interface is consistent with the rest of Adobe Creative Suite, similar to that of Adobe Photoshop. On macOS, it is possible to display the application in multiple document interface mode or the standard viewing mode where all toolbars float freely on the screen.

                                     

2. Features

Adobe Creative Suite integration

Fireworks understands the Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator file formats.psd and.ai files as well as Encapsulated PostScript format.eps files.

States

Previously known as frames, states are used for animation purposes. They are also used for defining behaviors in cases of symbol buttons like Up, Down, Over.

                                     

2.1. Features Hierarchical layers

All the layers can be accessed from the Layers panel. Layers may be wider or taller than the image itself. However, the final image is produced by hiding those areas that exit image boundary.

                                     

2.2. Features Symbols

Reusable elements can be designated as symbols and placed at multiple pages or on the same page. When the master symbol is edited, Fireworks propagates the change to all instances of that symbol.

                                     

2.3. Features 9-slice scaling

This feature ensures that rounded rectangles maintain their roundness when transformed depending on where the guides are placed. CS4 has this feature exposed as a tool. With this feature introduction in CS3 version, its usage was limited to symbols.

                                     

2.4. Features Image optimization

Fireworks was created specifically for web production. Since not every user may be in possession of a fast Internet connection, it is at the best interest of the web developers to optimize the size of their digital contents. In terms of image compression, Fireworks has a better compression rate than Photoshop with JPEG, PNG and GIF images.



                                     

2.5. Features Adobe Creative Suite integration

Fireworks understands the Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator file formats.psd and.ai files as well as Encapsulated PostScript format.eps files.

                                     

2.6. Features Export

Fireworks can export images to multiple file formats including PNG, JPEG, GIF, Animated GIF, TIFF, SWF, BMP, WBMP and PDF. It can also export to SVG with the help of a free Export extension and FXG 2.0. Fireworks can export to HTML by converting slices to HTML elements.

                                     

2.7. Features States

Previously known as frames, states are used for animation purposes. They are also used for defining behaviors in cases of symbol buttons like Up, Down, Over.

                                     

3. Version history

  • 2008: Adobe Fireworks CS4 v10.0
  • 2005: Macromedia Fireworks 8
  • 2000: Macromedia Fireworks 3
  • 2003: Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 v7.0
  • 2002: Macromedia Fireworks MX v6.0
  • 1998: Macromedia Fireworks
  • 2010: Adobe Fireworks CS5 v11.0
  • 2012: Adobe Fireworks CS6 v12.0
  • 2011: Adobe Fireworks CS5.1 v11.1
  • 2001: Macromedia Fireworks 4
  • 1999: Macromedia Fireworks 2
  • 2007: Adobe Fireworks CS3 v9.0