I've said it before, but it is worth its own topic.
I prefer Fireworks over the alternatives, but lately I have
been using Microsoft Expression Design 2 for one simple feature
offered that has no equivalent in Fireworks. I can deselect entire
layers or individual graphic elements for my slices. The end result
allows me to export my slices without those layers/elements
showing. It's as if the slice is unaware of those graphics when
exporting. I even get a nice preview of the slice so I can verify
that I have "hidden" the correct layers/elements.
I can also overlap slices to create separate graphics (by
hiding layers/elements) of the same region. Trust me; it is very
handy. I've used this technique to get a repeating background image
as well as a nice foreground image (that includes more graphics
than the background). I can then line things up via CSS very easily
and achieve some great results with little effort.
If I change any of the graphics (of course I will), I can
simply re-export everything at once and know that things are
"right'. With Fireworks, I have to manually hide layers/elements
before exporting a slice. Then, I have to show the correct
layers/elements again before exporting and changing the name of the
slice to avoid overwrites. It's quite tedious.
Please, give us a comparable feature of that found in
Expression Design 2. I don't want to leave Fireworks over a single
feature! Slicing is well overdo for some improvements that don't
just involve coordination with Dreamweaver.