Fireworks has already been discontinued since May 2013. No development for at least three years, so far, and support is no longer given. It is dead in the water, with a rotting hull, and it is just a matter of time before Adobe pulls it off the "shelves". It is rather odd it is still being sold by Adobe, in my opinion.
Quoted from Mac'nTutor:
In case you missed it, here is the official statement from Adobe on their blog:
This recent article suggests some general alternatives such as Sketch, Macaw and Anetype.
What Does The Future Hold For Adobe Fireworks?
If you need prototyping, I enjoy using Adobe Muse for prototyping web sites
Other possible replacements for Fireworks include:
Affinity Designer (Apple Design Award winner).
Xara Designer Pro about near as you'll get to Fireworks:
Evolve UI (Open Source) by Tribaloid
Gravit (currently in Beta and available by invitation)
If you choose to continue to use Fireworks today, you will be interested in Fireworks extension resource sites such as these:
Yes ... its a slow death, I would say keep using it if it suits your needs and don't worry. there are lots of add-ons to extend it further .... if you are a long-time user of fireworks you'll find there's nothing else out there that measures up for mocking up websites and UIs and exporting optimised images ..... Not a fan of Adobe myself, they had a gem of a program in Fireworks but they obviously thought there was no room in their product portfolio for Fireworks and Photoshop, a strange decision as Photoshop is a clunky, clumsy bloated graphic design tool ....
Evidently, you can no longer buy it. I've click on the buy button and although a Link show as being the buy page all I get is white screen. I use Fireworks because it handles and edits png graphics better than anything else you can buy on the Market. Beats the socks off of Photoshop by a Country mile. I have downloaded the trials to application mention for Mac. I hate it that you can no longer buy CS6 apps. I can make do with out Dreamweaver using Everweb And I've already signed up individually for Acrobat DC, and the Photography CC package and I would like to rid of the indesign Trial. I tried to figure out how use it but all it does isomes up to Blank screen. (sort of like Foxbase Pro use to)
It is still available for purchase here:
However, Adobe has made it almost impossible to find this link.
Well I purchased It all 149.00 of it on CC.
I go to insert License Code.
Says they can't Find a Qualifying Product. Fireworks was part of WEB Premium 5 then 5.5 update I have both serial numbers.
I don't need the other product in Web Premium any more. Now what????
Adobe just like Microsoft want to stick it to you any way they can. Looks like the purchase of a $900.00 Product at the time, ought to get me a $150 upgrade to an individual Product later on.
I don't think you can update a single product which was originally part of a suite collection. This was never possible, even before CC, as far as I can recall.
Perhaps you can contact Adobe support directly, and ask whether they will allow you to update FW anyway. Or request a refund.
I talked to someone last night on the chat and said for me to come back in 24 Hrs. See if I can continue my chat in a few minutes.
Well I talked The person no Go. They refund my money. They said after refunding They sell a Full version. I don't know where they get their information Their hasn't been a version of FireWork stand along since Macromedia put it together in Studio 8.
Actually, the info you were given is correct: a standalone version of FW CS6 is still being sold. The link I gave you earlier in this thread, after clicking on the "buy" button, gives you an option to switch to a full version, which is $299.
Although personally I would never ever invest in software which is no longer developed or supported.
Its a gem and worth the money - for design with a combination of bitmap and vector, fast prototyping, creating ui's and mockups, slicing images and optimising/exporting there's is nothing else like it ..... and with some extensions you can support/import/export of SVG, exporter cleaner CSS and add a ton of features to it, really there isn't another program as efficient as Fireworks out there that does the job, I don't know anyone who used Fireworks from the early days who would tell you has there is a viable alternative .... I don't think a lot of people realise just how good Fireworks is
Yes, it is a great application. Unfortunately, things have progressed, and the PNG output options and output quality is just not acceptable to me anymore. I also prefer to have more image editing tools available to my in my workflow - far more than the ones Fireworks has on offer.
WebP is unsupported. Problematic is the lack of 16bpc and 32bpc editing for me as well. The resampling options for scaling images up and down are quite limited, and much better results are obtainable in other software now.
For high fidelity prototyping there are far better options out there (even free ones, such as Google Pixate), which allow you to instantly preview on your mobile devices - no refresh required. No export required. Fireworks
On the other hand, the workflow in general is great. But the fact it is no longer developed, and many bugs will never ever be fixed, means it is a dead end for me. And the output quality just does not compare to certain other alternatives. So I switched a to other software a number of years ago.
Good lord its not supposed to be Photoshop or a photo editing tool and I'm not sure I agree with you on quite a few points there! Things like resampling were not really a priority, but can be done via modify canvas > image size with various options there and actually it doesn't do that bad a job considering, plus there are options of third party tools.... WebP format, really? Not that difficult to use just grab the WebP converter if needed.
What tools are using to output to PNG format that make Fireworks export options look so bad, I'd like to try them myself?
Don't know much about Google Pixate but will now have a look, I had a look at some of the other muted replacements for Fireworks and Sketch seems to be the best but its a Mac only software and a lot of web designers are on PCs. I've tried a few others like Macaw but they're not there yet....
In terms of 'high-fidelity' prototyping .. well I'm not surprised you didn't use the words 'pixel precise' as well, honestly sounds impressive in front of clients .... In terms of what most people need in their workflow and the final output combined with the ease of use and speedy workflow Fireworks is still right up there as a complete package and no alternative is available that combines all the required features so for what you're saying it's missing is still combines all the key requirements in a very nice way.
Testing/Previewing = Google Chrome with web developer and the Live Page extensions is a pretty good fit, in fact I'm seeing people using Chrome a lot more now in their workflow ...
I don't see many bugs that are a major problem?- And judging the by the feedback I see about Dreamweaver I don't think that even if Adobe were still developing Fireworks you could expect a bug free program, they seem to fix old ones in Dreamweaver and create new bugs and glitches at the same time!
Honestly please point me to the program that is a direct replacement for Fireworks and does a better job and I'd be on it in a heartbeat!!
I never said Fireworks is a bad application for web work - far from it. But things HAVE moved on - responsive mockups or wireframes are not an option in Fireworks, for example.
I am not sure any one application can offer everything that is required for web and mobile jobs these days. I use a combination of different applications, including Macaw btw (nice for responsive quick wires). And, of course, workflows differ from one person to the next, just as the requirements. For my work I (which includes screen design elements at higher bit depths) I also require at least 16bpc.
For PNG optimization I use Color Quantizer nowadays. Many more options than Fireworks, and the output outpaces FW in both quality and file size. http://x128.ho.ua/color-quantizer.html
Test it - you might like it. It's a free tool for Windows. For difficult jobs even a quality mask brush can be applied in CQ.
Anyway, I am quite pragmatic: just use what gets the job done most efficiently for you.