Today at the MAX conference we announced the latest generation of our creative tools now known as CC including Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, Edge Animate CC, and many others. As you may have noticed this announcement did not include updates to Fireworks CS6.
Over the last couple of years, there has been an increasing amount of overlap in the functionality between Fireworks and both existing and new programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Edge Reflow. At the same time we have shifted to focus our engineering teams on building smaller, more modular, tools and services for specific tasks in web design. Due to this overlap and as well as our change in our product development focus, we have decided not to update Fireworks to CC and instead will focus on developing new tools to meet our customers needs.
While we are not planning further feature development for Fireworks, we will continue to sell Fireworks CS6 as well as make it available as part of the Creative Cloud. We will provide security updates as necessary and may provide bug fixes. We plan to update Fireworks to support the next major releases of both Mac OS X and Windows. As more specific details on the next version of Windows and Mac OS X are made available, we may adjust these plans.
We understand that Fireworks has one of the most passionate communities on the web, and that this change will be difficult to accept. Our goal in refocusing our development efforts is to build a new-generation of task focused tools that enable our customers to create great web content.
The Web Platform and Authoring team
Updated Q&A, Tuesday May 7, 2013
We appreciate all the comments following the announcement about the future of Fireworks and would like to answer a few of the common questions that are emerging:
Does Adobe care about Fireworks customers?
Absolutely – we understand that web designers love Fireworks for it’s unique approach to page-based, stateful interaction design and rapid prototyping, and that it is an essential part of the web design process.
Why isn’t Fireworks being developed further?
Designing for the screen in 2013 is incredibly different to designing for the screen in 1998. As we considered adding new capabilities to Fireworks, we came to the conclusion that creating new, task-focused tools would better enable us to meet the future needs of web designers and developers.
What new tools is Adobe proposing to create for web design?
The show of support for Fireworks from the community has reaffirmed our belief that Adobe should continue to deliver dedicated tools for web designers – what follows Fireworks CS6 will be an revolutionary leap, designed from the ground up with the needs of the modern web designer front and center. To do this we need your help. We’d love to hear about how you work, what challenges you face, where you experience the most pain in your day to day design processes.
If you’d like to join us in the process of creating these new tools then please sign-up here.
Will Fireworks continue to be available?
Yes, Fireworks CS6 will continue to be available as a standalone product and as part of a Creative Cloud membership.
Should I continue to use Fireworks?
Yes, if Fireworks CS6 is part of your current workflow then there is no reason to make any changes to your use of the product. Adobe will continue to provide support for Fireworks CS6
Is Adobe really going to fix any of the existing bugs in Fireworks?
Yes, Adobe is already planning to release an update for Fireworks CS6 in the coming weeks that addresses over 25 reported issues, including the “File not found” issue on Mac OS 10.8 often experienced when exporting from the Image Preview dialog.
Is Adobe proposing that existing Fireworks customers switch to Photoshop?
Photoshop is a major part of the design process, but we know that Fireworks offers something unique that has made it an essential part of the web designer’s toolkit. While Photoshop is continuing to add features and workflows to support web designers, whether or not it is a good replacement for Fireworks will depend on individual needs and preferences.
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