Adobe Fireworks Caters to Large Design

by Andrew S
Adobe Fireworks is a tool for screen designers that utilize organization for both small and large scale file organization.  One of the things that Fireworks does differently from other programs is in its design process.  It saves images in the PNG file format, which gives screen designers many options for flexibility and also minimizes storage space.  Fireworks is a program that differs from Photoshop in that it offers its users the ability to create multiple pages at a time.  This gives way for layering and allows screen designers to be more efficient with their work.  Although Fireworks is not perfect and has some flaws, the benefits of Fireworks far outweighs the disadvantages when compared with Photoshop.

I thought that this was relatable to what we learned in class because it explored the area of the design process of a specific company.  Adobe has many programs that it supports, and there are many key differences within these programs.  Of these, Photoshop and Fireworks are just two similar screen design programs that cater to the different needs of its consumers.  There are many different things to consider for screen designers and the Fireworks program tries to approach and fix any problems that may arise.

I thought that one of the important key aspects of Fireworks is how they store their files.  Fireworks saves all its files as PNG file format, which minimizes storage space, and this is greatly beneficial in large scale projects where space is of the essence.  As someone who has always used Photoshop, I thought it was very interesting to read this article on how Fireworks differed from Photoshop.  There are many different aspects of Fireworks that allows its users to do things that they normally cannot do using Photoshop.  This article was interesting and taught important key points that I did not know beforehand.

Niles, K. (2012, October 12). Useful Firework Techniques and Features for Large Design Teams. Retrieved from

2 thoughts on “Adobe Fireworks Caters to Large Design

  • October 22, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Interesting article about Adobe Fireworks. Although I haven’t used Fireworks yet to fully appreciate the advantages of it over Illustrator or Photoshop, it seems promising. I have been using Photoshop and Illustrator the most for my work and been wanting to try out Fireworks, but it takes much time to learn. I do agree that when designed a program that might be similar to another one, the design process of it may be totally different than what was used for the first program.

  • October 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I did some research online, and found more information on how Fireworks can benefit web design and development. It not only has the ability to create/edit images like Photoshop and Illustrator but also can easily create linked master and sub web pages, then export working HTML and CSS files. It can also interfaces for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that can be implemented in iPhone. This can be a great tool if you want to create a quick website mock-up and show to your clients before going to far in the wrong direction.

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