When a symbol has been selected and the properties appear in the panel, then the symbol is deselected and the properties are STILL present in the panel, if you edit the properties in the panel it will still modify the symbol even if that symbol is no longer selected and even if you are in a different page in the document!
The symbol properties panel is not releasing a symbol when it is deselected - I must close and re-open the panel to release the symbol and refresh the panel.
This is getting weirder and more difficult to work with.
Does the Creative Suite have a "repair installation" option that so I don't need to deactivate, uninstall, and reinstall everything? I don't have the time for this right now...
After digging around and looking at what has been updated or installed on my computer since these weird refresh problems began, I may have identified a possible cause.
Adobe installs the Java runtime with the Creative Suite (I'm not sure why, but it's there), and a few weeks ago the 1.6.20 update installed itself, but it failed multiple times before installing, then Windows 7 informed me that a component was improperly installed with the incorrect privileges. Last night the 1.6.21 update installed itself without any errors, and this morning Fireworks seems to be working normally again.
I'll keep monitoring FW for weird refresh problems, and if they return I'll post an update. It is possible that the 1.6.20 update broke something that was fixed by the 1.6.21 update.
Can anyone tell me why the CS programs require Java and what it is used for?