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.