Adobe Fireworks is a versatile web-design platform aiming to assist developers and designers in the making of prototype websites and application interfaces for Windows systems and mobile devices all together.
In simpler words, it is a graphic editor that focuses on creating, modifying and improving web graphics. It does all that without coding, and provides users with a selection of tools that are able to deliver 3D graphics and dynamic content for the web inside Windows OS or tablets and smartphones.
One of Fireworks’ most cherished features is the possibility to design prototypes for mobile devices. The pixel-precise rendering, together with the all improved CSS support and the jQuery Mobile theme skin abilities make it a wise choice for programmers concentrating on mobile development.
Hierarchical layers and smart guides
You can work with layers, which in this application are hierarchical – each layer depends on another. An advantage of this feature is that it improves workflow in complex projects that include a large number of layers.
Drawing and designing is considerably eased by the smart guides, which act like rulers and are excellent visual aids for image composition.
Import and export capabilities, and comprehensive Help for novices
With a better compression rate than Photoshop, Fireworks is the master of image optimization. It reduces the size of photos, while keeping their quality at a decent level, fit for web design. The integration with Dreamweaver, Illustrator and Photoshop makes it easy to import and export between all of these Adobe products without effort.
Since Fireworks is aimed at professionals, it requires a somewhat rich knowledge on web design. Beginners can rely on the tons of "Getting Started" tutorials given by highly trained web designers, which are very long, but accurate and easy to follow.
All in all, Adobe Fireworks is quite impressive both in appearance and functionality. The versatile blend of vector and image tools, together with the speed and the improved responsiveness offer the program one of the highest ratings in its category. The computer’s performance is not affected.