I was looking forward to see the new version of Fireworks CC (as well as other people) and got extremely disappointed when heard that it was simply abandoned.
"Designing for the screen in 2013 is incredibly different to designing for the screen in 1998. As we considered adding new capabilities to Fireworks, we came to the conclusion that creating new, task-focused tools would better enable us to meet the future needs of web designers and developers."
I've got some questions to clarify:
1) Does Adobe plan to make a modern substitute for Fireworks? Or not?
2) When will this happen (please tell approximate date) ?
It's important to mention, that neither Photoshop nor Illustrator can substitute Fireworks (and what is more important, they mustn't do this!!!). I won't state the reasons for that as many people already wrote them in separate threads and here - http://blogs.adobe.com/fireworks/2013/05/the-future-of-adobe-fireworks.html#comments
May be poor sales made you drop the further development of Fireworks, but from my point of view it's a lack of good marketing campaing. Fireworks wasn't given enough dedication since it's born. People simply don't know what Fireworks can offer them, and do webdesign in Photoshop or even Illustrator what is oddly.
Fireworks was never advertised as good as Photoshop and it was so frustrating to see that Photoshop started to become an all-in-one software and Fireworks lacked support. Such a piece of software (Photoshop) doesn't have future if it's bundled with everything . It will be too overwhelmed with different options and features - as the consequence, too complicated to use, huge in memory usage and so on.
I know, you are aware of all these reasons. And that is why I'm completely confused about your decision to abandon Fireworks
You have such a great software like Dreamweaver, Indesign, Illustrator and so on. Talented engineers, evangelists. So why drop Fireworks?
Fireworks is one of the major stages of my webdesign workflow. That's why I need to know - do you plan to make such a software that will substitute Fireworks, or we, Fireworks users, should look somewhere else for that type of software? (I don't mean to be rude - it's simply a question I want to get answer to)
P.S. Make webdesign in Photoshop is a torture if to compare with Fireworks. Illustrator is good for precise logo design but a very strange decision for complete webdesign process. It will be much more reasonable to continue the support for Fireworks or even rebuild it from the ground up if needed. People will love a good product and sales'll be high. It's still a mystery for me why Fireworks doesn't get love from Adobe