Quality loss is normal for any app when resampling an image. Typically
you will want to apply unsharp masking after scaling down, but you can
also change how Fireworks resamples the image by going to the
preference dialog. That change may be enough.
In the general tab, try setting the Interpolation to Bicubic and make
sure that "faster but less accurate resampling" is deselected.
If the results still aren't satisfactory you can try Photoshop, which
has a couple other resampling algorithms to choose from.
Another interesting option for Fireworks is to first convert the hi-
res image to a graphic symbol, then scale the file. This option also
gives you the freedom to constantly resize the image with no
additional quality loss, so long as you don't exceed the original
Using bicubic or converting the pic to a graphic symbol worked. Scaling down works a lot better.
Excellent, glad to hear it solved your problem.