I'm using Fireworks CS4. Whenever I invoke the color picker for font color, gradient color, etc., and hover the color picker over areas in my artwork, the color picker only recognizes colors on my swatches panel (I have Swatches Panel selected in the color picker), and not any color tones in between swatches. For example, for a very light gray, the color picker recognizes it as white (#FFFFFF). This only started happening recently, if I remember correctly, the color picker was able to pick up continuous tones of color in the past.
Is there a setting to turn this behavior on and off?
Check the swatches panel menu to make sure you do not have snap to websafe turned on.