So I spent the past day excitedly uninstalling all my CS6 software and “upgrading” to the new Adobe CC. I didn’t want to believe Adobe would no longer develop Fireworks (which I find completely stupid and insane, but whatever), so I figured I’d spend the next 6-12 months teaching myself Illustrator… no biggie. If Rogie can do it, I can do it.
Well not only is Fireworks dead, but lo and behold ColdFusion development has been completely removed from Dreamweaver! What!?! When was this announced? What do I do? I have work due by the end of the week… and I CAN’T REINSTALL CS6!!! Seriously, I physically cannot get my work done!
After yesterday’s rant on ColdFusion I wanted to be sure to point out some genuine Adobe good stuff.
I signed up for the Adobe creative cloud in September and can’t speak highly enough of it. The product has genuinely been a pleasure to use. I just thought I’d point out a few pros and cons of the service for anyone still holding out:
- The latest upgrades and updates at your fingertips
- Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator CS6 are just awesome!
- Acrobat XI Pro is a great product too
- Includes a TypeKit subscription… I was even issued a refund for the unused portion from my previous subscription… awesome!
- Adobe Story… Need I say more. Although I’m an amateur at best, I love this product!
Cons (not really cons… more like, where the product could use some improvement)
- You can’t [yet] customize the folder location of The Creative Cloud Connection on your PC… your stuck with the directory Adobe gives you by default.
- Would love it if Dreamweaver/Creative Cloud Connection would work together for live, processed dynamic coldfusion|php|jsp|etc. code for testing.
- Creative Cloud has a bad habit of losing my logged in session and I’m signing in a little more frequently than I’d like.
I’ve always had a passion for using Fireworks since version 2. The first time I used Fireworks I could barely code a website… I used the Fireworks export tool to do everything for me (I totally flipped when I figured out how easily I could create rollover dropdown menus). In fact I’ve been using Fireworks so long now I still miss the oldskool font editor, although it’s something I’ve learned to live without.
Normally, I use Fireworks for all my web mockups… in fact I use it daily.
Then came along the day a few years ago when I wanted to learn how to create vector icons and I immediately turned to Illustrator. Meh… any vector icons I needed to create can just as easily be made in Fireworks… I just love the control and ease of use with my pen tool and those sprites.
This past year I designed a bunch of print material for various projects (several event flyers, event tickets and even a book of ads), so I turned to Photoshop (after strongly looking at Illustrator and InDesign). Nope… it’s Fireworks again to the rescue. I got the information I needed from the printer for DPI, size and bleed and I was easily able to export into the PDF format the printer needed.
I think it’s awesome I can do all this along with resizing and/or renaming images for my galleries with the batch tool, take screenshots of windows, use any Photoshop filter and even do skinning for Flex and Air.
I’m sure it has a lot to do with the comfort level I have with Fireworks, but it never ceases to amaze me the sheer versatility and flexibility the program has to offer. I personally don’t think Fireworks gets nearly enough praise for all it can do.