Are you on Windows or MacOS X?
For Windows version, not sure this can be done.
On Windows XP, see this example path:
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Adobe\Fireworks CS4\English\Fireworks CS4 Preferences.txt
Close Fireworks CS4, then open this file Fireworks CS4 Preferences.txt with Notepad and find key:
Change the "true" to "false", save the file. Open Fireworks CS4, and see if there's any difference...
On Windows XP, I do not see any difference. But I see that once I have floated one of the files open, all the next files I open, become floated too (not opened as tabs!). So this may help you maybe?
If you are on Mac OS X, search for a similar preferences file for Fireworks CS4 and see if it helps you edit "OpenNewDocumentAsTabs" key from "true" to "false".
Not sure if this helps you much but at least I tried...
If nothing helps, this is my suggestion:
1) Open Fireworks.
2) Open a file, "float" it away from the tabs area and it will be un-docked and then, all other files you open later, will be not opened as tabs...
Thanks for your reply.
I am on WInXP. I edited the preference file, but it hasn't changed the behavior of the tabs at all. Even if I open a file and float it, the next file I open is tabbed wiith it. If I open 4 files and float each one by dragging it away from the tabs and then open another file, the newly open file is tabbed with the last file I opened. So the only way to get multiple images to show side by side is to drag each one away from the tabs. Very time consuming and frustrating.
Yes, I see same...
I don't know if this is "as designed"... I use Fireworks with tabs and I prefer it this way but... I see your point.
Maybe someone else will be able to help you better!