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Most designers need to produce a full range of finished designs for client approval and developer reference. We basically need to show every state of every interaction. Working with dependencies is the only way to make this process efficient. As for the price point, I think Bohemian should raise the price immediately. They need more than 6 people on this project so they can keep growing fast. I hope they raise the price to fund faster development or at least offer some kind of Pro version and shift the focus to reusable objects and professional design workflow.
Seems to me like Illustrator would be a more natural alternative to Sketch. You can save complex object styles and re-use them easily. Sketch has no master pages or Symbols. This is a complete deal breaker if you work with multi-page designs. Many of the apps I design involve a dozen or more pages. That undoes any productivity gains I made using the quicker interface, by a big margin. But until they arrive, Illustrator is a great alternative.
That is true if you do work with multiple pages that require a lot of updating. This is also a great feature that is also present in Omnigraffle.
Personally, I prefer to modularize that process and have components in different files and match everything with dummy contents. I find that simpler and more forgiving.
Worrying about dependencies can be tricky, which is why I leave that process to the coding stage. FW has nothing to envy AI when it comes to vector graphic possibilities, and it is much easier to use; much straight forward. But yes, AI is much much more stable, yes, no doubt. As a matter of fact, I wish I could take one Illustrator designer to beat the others as Illustrator is not frustrating me but irritating me every day I have to use it — and that makes a lot of days in a year, unfortunately.
As time flies, I even sharpened the opinion that Illustrator may well be the worst designed software that exists. That is the simple reason why I am seeking alternatives right now. Can you create a multi-page document in Sketch for example a multi-screen mobile design? Can you export all these screens into one PDF? Does Sketch open Photoshop files pretty essential feature? Oh and Fireworks supports CSS styles as well. One thing is sure, Fireworks crashes often. To answer your questions:.
Maybe the problem is with Mac? All apps work differently as software creators all have a different focus. Yay for variety and choice. Its had its ups and downs CS4 was unusable. Presently CS6 on PC is rock solid. Yup Fireworks may not be as pretty as Ps or Ai but really who cares. To me at present Fw is more fully featured for screen design any anything I have tried, I use FW mostly all day everyday. First of all, I love that Sketch is finally getting some attention from the design community.
A PSD or even better — a Fireworks png compatibility would be awesome as well. Sketch does have styles but do not support symbols, states and master pages.
They do support linked styles for fonts, but I guess they can really improve on those. Personally, while I enjoyed those in ImageReady and Omnigraffle features, I find that they can become cumbersome and really make the document complex. Since CSS has matured so much, I tend to take care of all the interactive stuff in coding. Sketch does support live preview of fonts now. Better yet, live editing of fonts and styles, position, dimensions are something I learned to depend on instead of having to press Enter all the time in Fireworks or PS.
About the layered PNG support, it would be a nice feature. Anyone with doubts about Fireworks capabilities should also check out the work of http: This is not a fair comparison, rather it is an experience from a PS and Sketch designer who wants the best tool for mobile and Web. I disagree that design tools should always be pixel. I just meant to say that Sketch supported that.
In fairness, I pointed out something bad in PS, not Fireworks. As designers, we should not fear the legacy of Windows, nor IE and certainly not Adobe. We should support design tools that give them competition.
The ONLY bitmaps exported and only if you wish to export them at all are icons. It has since probably the beginning. Scaling vectors is non-destructive in FW. There are several options available in FW to eliminate distortion of rounded rectangles. Not as elegant, but workable. Just browse through johndunning. An John is by no means the only developer out there building extensions for Fireworks.
I really care about ease of use and straight forward actions another reason why I do not even think of using AI for screen illustration , and all I can say is that if not pop-ups, maybe we would be using panels, but, does this really make a big difference? And in any case… would it be better? Said this, I really hope with some time Sketch comes close to Fireworks in its capabilities and ease of use in order to make a final switch if Adobe finally does not wake up with FW.
I just have one question though: It insists to keep the format to whatever i copied from. I have found that to be a problem too. I wish there was a shortcut that strips the style. Fireworks is a Bitmap AND vector editing tool, a user can work in either mode on the same canvas with no restrictions. Default settings, the drop shadow value defaults to degrees not which is impossible and whatever is set as a default value it will always need to be changed to match the design you want to achieve.
Fireworks has probably the best render engine out there and when you extend it this includes vector based options like SVG and images optimized for retina displays. As a freelance designer, I think will never replace Photoshop or Fireworks. The Synergie between Adobe products is really useful. And all clients I work with are using Photoshop some of them are still using Gimp. I think that Fireworks is the best app for ui and mobile design but it crash too much when you use more than 10 pages.
I hope that Adobe update the App and become the best tool for user interface design. There are many designers waiting for a new version of the program without many bugs and real improvements. Do not even know if it continues its development …. I, too, have been a fireworks user all the way back to the MacroMedia days. My last mobile design project in Fireworks was continuously interrupted by CS6 crashes checked the forums for complaints about memory issues. In I did a job for a client in Berlin.
Needless to say it was a steep initial learning curve and I hated it at first. Same thing happened with Sketch. This time round I chose to try it out. I hated it, so much so, I deleted it. Why should you use it? Because you choose to, there is no better reason. If you want to stay with Fireworks, cool, but Sketch is nicer. As for animation I use Keynote and Hype for prototyping.
It is not ideal, but it works. Clients and the dev team do appreciate it do it in the wireframe stage and then simply replace the graphics for presentation. My friends and colleagues thought I was insane for insisting Fireworks was an adequate graphic design tool. Lately, I have been using Sketch and CSS3 to point where Fireworks sometimes goes a whole week without a single startup.
Fireworks is a mature product and as such it is overall more capable than Sketch. This cannot really be disputed. At the same time, Adobe is not putting the same effort into Fireworks that BC is putting into Sketch. The improvements made in Sketch 2 have been very exciting indeed. Whereas Fireworks, since Adobe assimilated it, has really only received minor improvements and still largely feels like a web tool from 15 years ago. Sketch is sometimes limited, but working in the environment feels so liberating.
The small shop nature of Sketch is wonderful too, such was the case with Macromedia as well. But Adobe feels more like a bank than friendly group of creatives.
Adobe seems more interested these days in fleshing out their subscription services and their, temporarily, free edge tools. Seeing as many of these new Edge tools are very snappy and possess a modern app feeling and work through while Fireworks slowly trudges on suffering from many of the same problems crashes, memory paging limitations, typography issues, etc.. Sketch on the other hand, seems vibrant and very alive. Although I am not ready to make the switch exclusively to Sketch from Fireworks I will continue to look for reasons to open up Sketch and do my work there.
I would buy Sketch tomorrow if they did a Windows version. They would be mad not to consider it with the news today that Adobe are going to discontinue Fireworks.
Ud qué usa para diseñar interfaces? Photoshop vs Fireworks was written because many felt that Fireworks was a good alternative to Photoshop. I had to compare […]. Just started with sketch and found your site when searching about how to transfer vector assets to keynote. You may have already found this tool by Adobe, but I like Edge Animate.
It may have more formative web design tools, but it can work for really anything, I found. I found it more useful and intuitive than Photoshop or Illustrator and used it to do a lot of the work from either of those apps in a fraction of the time. They should have strenghtened Fireworks instead of killing it.
With a little support for colour profiles and print work, and optimizations to the performance and interface, it could have been a killer app. Fireworks was well worth the price compared to the through-the-nose overcharging of some of the other apps that were essentially one trick ponies. Now, I will try Sketch to compare with Fireworks.
If you zoom it in 8x and still see vectors, how do you do such adjustment? I know this is almost a year old blog but nothing changed since. FW is the same and the latest Sketch version is more or less the same or even worse then before.
The amount of useful and truly web oriented tools that FW uses are far greater then Sketch and once you start using your own libraries, styles, colour schemes, templates etc. PS is and was always the wrong tool for web. AI is nice but was never designed for web as well.
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There outta be a class action suit for this sort of behavior on these software conglomerates part. Photoshop is fine for what it does photo touch up and effects and the same is true about Illustrator pure vector.
Fireworks offers a unique experience, supporting both bitmaps and vectors, letting you work with both in the same application. I also find Fireworks to just be easier to use than Photoshop as it has a more natural feel to it, allowing one to create multiple objects on the same layer and being able to select and move them just with a simple click and drag of the mouse.
Whereas Photoshop, is much more rigid in its use of layers and I find myself sticking to using just one object per layer, but also find the layering cumbersome in Photoshop, having to select the layer first, for example, before moving an object the one exception being, you can hold down the CTRL key. Uggh this decision is a tough one.. I recognize there are a lot of junk posts on this blog website.
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