I discovered that certain fonts WILL cause Fireworks CS4 to not launch on a Mac.
I have a font library of approximately 5000 fonts and font sets.
I run the same library on both PC and Mac.
The PC Fireworks doesn't have a problem, but the Mac Fireworks would crash on launch and say it encountered an error. (Nothing more specific).
I started using Suitcase Fusion to manage my font library and by removing the 500 from the system fonts, Fireworks CS4 now opens and runs without any problems.
It also runs a lot faster only having to load the system fonts.
I was so impressed with Suitcase Fusion on the Mac that I got it for the PC as well and sped up all of my CS4 apps.
I had the same issue but installing Snow Leopard solved the problem as well. Thanks for the info though...just in case :-)
I had a list of a few suspect fonts but still trying to locate the list.
Funny thing is... I have a two month old MacBook Pro and except for the first day I had it, it's always had Snow Leopard. The crash was definitely font related, because I did a complete OS reload when I upgraded to a 500Gb hard drive, and that's when I started using Suitcase Fusion to manage my separate library of fonts. That's when Fireworks started working.