Fireworks Still Alive (for now)
Bye, Bye Freehand & GoLive
Someone from Adobe announced that they will halt production on Freehand and GoLive. Hopefully, this means Fireworks will survive.
I'm a huge fan of Fireworks. The compression algorithms alone are worth it. Its slicing makes more sense. And it works more like an illustration program than a raster image program, therefore, layout is much more fluid. I'm hoping to the www and adobe gods that Fireworks sticks around. As for Freehand and GoLive, I can live without them.
Now, don't get me wrong. For the longest time, I used Freehand as my main illustration program. And, in some ways, it has a few unbeatable features. For example, it's very easy to automatically have all the colors in a file show up in the color palette. I know it sounds simple, but when you're working on a project where there are errant spot colors showing up in your separations, it's as simple as going to Xtras > Colors > Name All Colors. And, like magic, all of the colors show up in the palette and it's a matter of replacing them. You can't do that in Illustrator. And I happen to like Freehand's 3D tool for quick and dirty stuff. Those are the only two features I'd carry over to Illustrator though. The rest you can trash.
And I started building web sites using GoLive Cyberstudio v1. That eventually turned into GoLive Cyberstudio 2 -- the best WYSIWYG HTML editor at the time. Dreamweaver was just a baby and PageMill was total crap. It even had a really neat timeline for animating CSS layers! YES!!! That was in 1997!!!