Mike, you did a really good job at showing how useful designing templates can be using Fireworks. With me being new in the web industry, coming across your video tutorials helped influence my decision on getting started. Keep updating!
@Vincent – thanks!…yeah, I love Fireworks. I do think you can go from Photoshop to Fireworks, but most people tend to like what they’re most comfortable with. You might be used to doing things in Photoshop so switching between the two should be seamless. But I would say definitely check out Fireworks but continue to use both. They’re both from the same company and can work together so I would say use both where you think is best.
So if Fireworks works with vectors just like Illustrator would, then would it be smart to consider switching from Illustrator to Fireworks?
@SRaitis – Actually, you wouldn’t switch entirely because Adobe Illustrator is still needed for print work. For example, you can’t export to .EPS files using Fireworks and also Fireworks doesn’t support CMYK colors which many times is needed when you’re getting things printed through a printing company (such as business cards, posters and brochures, etc.). But creating vector files like logos and illustrations that will be used for the web can easily be done in Fireworks.
Thank you so much for this! I have watched several of your videos and I noticed in one that you used Fireworks. I have used Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver but not Fireworks. So I did a few quick searches on when it’s best to use Fireworks vs Photoshop or Dreamweaver and I didn’t really find any good information – then I went back to your tutorials and lo and behold this was there waiting for me all along.
Your tutorials are like your designs – simple, straightforward, and inspirational. I am considering getting into the UI/UX Design field and your videos have really helped me a lot so far with some of the basic questions I had. Keep making them!
As a student, your videos are very helpful and informative. Exactly what’s needed when just starting out. Thanks for posting, keep them coming… I was wondering what Fireworks was really for. In school I’ve learned every piece of software in the CS5 suite but Fireworks.
Hi Chad, they did you wrong by not introducing you to Fireworks. I’ve been solely using it now for 10 years. It feel its the best tool around. My web design training course goes deep into understanding how to use Adobe Fireworks effectively to create beautiful interfaces and designs.
Finally. Someone that agrees with me. I have been using Fireworks back since it was owned by MacroMedia. FW’s UI Tools are more robust for designing simple to complex vector style shapes in less time, as web assets. The Pages; the grid plugins; Fast HTML Prototyping; Interactive tools–now with Mobile JQuery Plugin, and adding Symbols. Even Photoshop does not add symbols, and worse–it can not group Shapes. But PSD is now more USER FRIENDLY with Smart Guides. I am actually a professional PSD Illustrator and compositor…It’s that graphic designers transitioned it from comps to web design and prototypes, when they should have been educated in FW. I happened to start in Web Design before transitioning to Graphic and Illustration Design. Fireworks rocks. I plan to work for Adobe and become a Fireworks “Evangelist”..How to PimpFW :P on those Nationwide Conference classes.