The Good Drag-and-drop rollovers; sophisticated batch processing; live animation features.
The Bad Customizable keyboard shortcut sets cannot be imported or exported; does not allow complex object movement paths with live animation; styles are still difficult to edit.
The Bottom Line Now easier to use, with new features matching every skill level, Fireworks 4.0 is definitely worth the upgrade or first purchase.
Fireworks 4.0: Win9X/NT4 SP3
Macromedia Fireworks 4.0 brings many welcome improvements to an already robust Web graphics application. From its standardized Macromedia interface to increased animation features and productivity options, Fireworks 4.0 comes closer to being the one tool every Web designer should own. Macromedia Fireworks 4.0 brings many welcome improvements to an already robust Web graphics application. From its standardized Macromedia interface to increased animation features and productivity options, Fireworks 4.0 comes closer to being the one tool every Web designer should own.
Macromedia users will notice that Fireworks now sports an interface similar to Dreamweaver, FreeHand, and Flash. The common menu structure, the panel management, the active document window launcher bar, and the Tools panel layout provide a consistent look and feel, making the program more intuitive and approachable. Fireworks even shares an identical Bezier pen tool with FreeHand and Flash. The new Layers panel lets you easily manipulate the arrangement of objects within your composition. You can customize your keyboard shortcut sets to match the other apps in your toolbox. It's a shame that shortcut sets can't be exported or imported, though. Portable shortcut sets would make it much easier to create and share a common set among workgroups.
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