Last week, Adobe announced that there will be no further development of their Fireworks application. Security updates will be provided and bug fixes may arrive, but for all intents and purposes Fireworks CS6 is a dead man walking. The petitions for clemency have already begun, but it seems likely that at some point Adobe’s CEO will give the order to flick the switch and like a paper rocket on a rainy fourth of July, Fireworks will be no more.
Whilst many in the web design community bemoan Adobe’s lack of foresight, there are others — myself included — that don’t quite understand the fuss. It’s just a piece of software, and a niche one at that, so what’s the big deal?
It seems for a great number of designers, Fireworks is the only tool they’re prepared to work with.