Fireworks is similar to Photoshop in that it is a raster/pixel-based program. Even though there are vector options it generates web-based images such as GIF and PNG. I would recommend trying the same vector designs in Illustrator which is a true vector-based program.
Hmmmm thanks for that.
Never used Illustrator and was hoping not to have to get my head round yet another Adobe application *sigh*.
Fireworks is not similar to Photoshop! It's mostly vector-oriented, and it is much closer to Illustrator!
You can create and edit vector work in Fw. In Ps, you're really stuck with bitmaps most of the time. And Fireworks can export to PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP, but the original files could be mostly vector and nor problems to edit them! :-)
Both Photoshop and Fireworks have Vector tools. But the point is when you export to a BMP, JPG, GIF, etc you are
exporting to a raster/pixel based file which could lead to jaggedness if the anti-aliasing settings are not properly set.
So that leads me to ask, how did you get your files to come out looking so sharp? What were the export settings you used?
I did not export them. I show Fireworks editable PNG files! :-)
But you can simply export same files as:
PNG32 (will be same perfect quality), or
PNG24 (same, just without alpha transparency), or
JPG @ 90% (good quality), etc.
In Ai, you also create a vector file, then export it as JPG, PNG, etc. This is normal process for any good graphics editor.