That is how it works when dealing with native source files: even PSD files are problematic in other image editors, and will throw away and/or flatten layers. Most will not load smart objects for example (the latest Photoline beta being one of the exceptions).
Why do you need to convert all your older files? When I left Fireworks behind, I only converted whatever I needed as I continued working on new projects in other applications. Keep an old installation of Fireworks around to convert files when you need them. Perhaps even install the Windows version in a virtual machine on your Mac. Or on an old Windows machine.
Anyway, if you need to keep your vectors editable, save your work as SVG - which is an open format, and compatible with many design applications. Affinity loads SVG.
I think exporting your artwork as SVG is your best bet.
Btw, that extension also exports your pages and states to nicely numbered files. And styles are converted to css.
Ill check out SVG again. what I read yesterday suggested it did not save out with the results as compared the FXG. Id love to skip a step. so Ill get the extension and give it a whirl.
as for CSS...as far as I know affinity does not import css. so thats not an option Im interested in. I have always preferred to write my own CSS anyway. Less bloated than any tool Ive used and that includes fireworks.
Thanks for the feedback guys. totally appreciated!
update: tested suggestions to export as PSD and as SVG
I tested with a fireworks file containing 2 pages, numerous layers. One page contained only the layers of an apple I had created. The apple contained feathered edges and gradients. The second page contained editable vectors also with gradients and no feathering. In addition the second page contained editable text with gradients.
Results are as seen in the attached image. Click to view larger
I think you can see by the original image why Im finding the loss of Fireworks so painful. It IS my creation tool of choice. Creating the same apple in Illustrator was too tedious and not at all as delicious. I chose to leave out the text samples only because they had to be converted to vectors to save them out as PSD. And the results were the same. Only FXG to Illustrator retained the editability of the text.
I AM a fireworks diva. Defo not my choice to leave it.
Your results match mine. My workflow is as follows:
1) inspect the original file in Fireworks, and jot down the feathering applied to strokes/objects.
2) export to SVG
3) import into Photoline.
4) select each vector layer and apply a live Gaussian blur effect with the same or slightly increased radius.
Here is a quick example. The first one is the converted version in Photoline (vector layers, with a live Gaussian blur applied - identical values). The second one is the Fireworks version. They look pretty much identical. I do find I need to increase the strength of the blur a tad in Photoline.
Which proves the "feathering" edge option is merely a live Gaussian blur filter applied.
You will be glad to learn that Affinity Designer also offers a Gaussian live effect. Yes, it is a bit of a pain to manually repair the feathering, but it can be done relatively easily and quickly.
we need an alternative because on newer computers the older fireworks no longer functions.