Wed, 06 Oct 2010 Adobe Fireworks CS5 review
Some welcome refinements in this web graphics and prototyping software
- Manufacturer: Adobe
- Pros: Lots of refinements; smoother gradients; easier proportional scaling; includes Adobe Swatch Exchange import and export; FXG 2.0 export; compound Shape tools; better performance.
- Cons: No groundbreaking new tools.
- £238 plus VAT
- upgrade £119 plus VAT
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
While there are no new headliner features in Fireworks CS5, don’t let that fool you. Fireworks CS5 contains an abundance of much needed feature refinements and upgrades, primarily accessible via the Properties panel. The expanded cross-application integration alone makes it a must-have for the software’s core market -- mobile and Web user interface designers.
Fri, 08 Oct 2010Reviewed by: FarmerBob
Duration of ownership: 120 months
Strengths: Macromedia made it as the equivalent of ImageReady for Freehand. This makes no sense other than Fireworks is better than ImageReady as Freehand is better than Illustrator.
Weaknesses: It's Macromedia's version of ImageReady where there is no sense that it survives and Freehand doesn't.
Overall Evaluation: Pure junk. Since Adobe bought Macromedia for Dreamweaver, it has dump the wrong apps and kept the wrong apps on the market. Try again Adobe.