Macromedia Fireworks 8
Macromedia Fireworks 8 creates interactive Web graphics, such as rollover buttons, pop-up menus, and image maps. This update improves upon 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 .by integrating better with and
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.