by anthony on 10/21/11 at 9:00 am
Have you ever wondered which tool, Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks, is better suited for web and application design? There are many designers who use Fireworks. But there are far more who use Photoshop. However, this is starting to change. More and more designers are switching to Fireworks as their tool of choice for many reasons. Here are four of the most compelling ones supported with in-depth articles written by other designers:
Everything is Faster and Easier in Fireworks
This reason is huge. It’s not just one or two things that are faster in Fireworks than Photoshop, it’s everything. You not only save time, but you also save your energy because you can do less to get your desired result.
Fireworks Gives You a Better Output for the Web
Images and graphics used on the web need proper compression so that they load efficiently and don’t use too much bandwidth. Fireworks gives you a proper output every time that’s suitable for web usage.
Fireworks is Full of Powerful & Flexible Features
There are many powerful and flexible features that Fireworks offers that Photoshop doesn’t. This isn’t just one or two features, this is a lot of features. The articles below go into detail about each of them. Just Fireworks’ features alone is a make or break deal.
- Features that make Fireworks the application of choice for web designers
- A Case for Adobe Fireworks against Photoshop and Illustrator
- 7 Reasons Why I Choose Fireworks Over Photoshop
- Dear Photoshop user, meet Fireworks!
- We Love Adobe Fireworks!
You Can Use Fireworks for the Entire Design Process
From the first stages of wireframing, to designing visual mockups and to finally making an interactive prototype, you can do it all in Fireworks. Fireworks lets you create your own library of symbols that make wireframing a breeze. It also lets you create your own graphic styles that make designing mockups quick and easy.
- Creating a Basic Wireframe Using Adobe Fireworks
- Wireframes to mockups with Fireworks
- Designing interactive products with Fireworks
- Industry trends in prototyping
There are also reasons many designers use Photoshop. Photoshop came before Fireworks. It’s what many started out using and what they’re used to using. In order to convert over to Fireworks, they have to change how they do things now. And for some people, that’s asking a lot. But if the change is an upgrade from before, the change is well worth it. In this case, the upgrade is huge. You’ll not only work faster and easier in Fireworks, but you’ll get better results in everything from designing your graphics to exporting them for web development. The process is seamless from start to finish.
Photoshop has its strengths. But designing websites and applications is not one of them. That honor belongs to Fireworks. If after reading this article you still don’t see it, then maybe these interviews with a whole host Fireworks users can convince you.