Macromedia Fireworks 8 review: Macromedia Fireworks 8

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Setup and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Improved work flow with other Macromedia apps; snap open-and-shut palettes; new effects; drop shadowing; imports more file types.

The Bad The complicated interface can make Fireworks 8 hard for newbies to learn.

The Bottom Line The upgrade to this top-flight Web graphics editor makes Fireworks 8 easier to use, but newbies will confront a steep learning curve.

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Macromedia Fireworks 8

Macromedia Fireworks 8 creates interactive Web graphics, such as rollover buttons, pop-up menus, and image maps. This update improves upon Fireworks MX 2004 by integrating better with Flash 8 and Dreamweaver 8, helping to keep designers from having to switch back and forth between the apps. If you're planning to use Fireworks in conjunction with the animation tool Flash or the Dreamweaver Web page editor, this $149 upgrade is well worth its price. But given the steep $299 standalone cost of Fireworks, hobbyists in the market for a tool to optimize files for the Web should instead consider a less expensive image editor without the code-generating skills, such as Paint Shop Pro X .

Macromedia Fireworks 8 was simple to set up in our tests. Installing this 110MB program took a few quick minutes on Windows XP. At first glance, Fireworks 8 looks just like its predecessor. Look twice, and you'll notice subtle improvements, such as collapsible panels that allow you to better control the work space with fewer mouse clicks. You can even save Workspaces to maintain the arrangement of your windows and palettes.

Fireworks 8 adds ease-of-use shortcuts, such as collapsible palettes, while maintaining its familiar interface.

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Macromedia Fireworks 8

Part Number: 38000453 Released: Aug 8, 2005

MSRP: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 8, 2005
  • Category creativity application
  • Compatibility PC