Farewell Fireworks

It’s a very sad day for the Adobe Fireworks community. As today Adobe has announced that it will no longer be creating a new version of the software. Here is a copy of the announcement in case any of you missed it:

Today at the MAX conference we announced the latest generation of our creative tools now known as CC including Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, Edge Animate CC, and many others. As you may have noticed this announcement did not include updates to Fireworks CS6.

Over the last couple of years, there has been an increasing amount of overlap in the functionality between Fireworks and both existing and new programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Edge Reflow. At the same time we have shifted to focus our engineering teams on building smaller, more modular, tools and services for specific tasks in web design. Due to this overlap and as well as our change in our product development focus, we have decided not to update Fireworks to CC and instead will focus on developing new tools to meet our customers needs.

While we are not planning further feature development for Fireworks, we will continue to sell Fireworks CS6 as well as make it available as part of the Creative Cloud. We will provide security updates as necessary and may provide bug fixes. We plan to update Fireworks to support the next major releases of both Mac OS X and Windows. As more specific details on the next version of Windows and Mac OS X are made available, we may adjust these plans.

We understand that Fireworks has one of the most passionate communities on the web, and that this change will be difficult to accept. Our goal in refocusing our development efforts is to build a new-generation of task focused tools that enable our customers to create great web content.

My major question to Adobe is, will you make this an Open Source software, so that we the community can continue to create updates?

Just because Adobe quit, doesn’t mean we wont be around.

We will continue to provide tutorials and tweeting about cool things you can do with Fireworks. In fact, we might even expand our horizons with more Codes and teach you how to go beyond the mock-up.


Are you willing to call quits on Fireworks just because Adobe has? Share your feedback below.


Update May 6, 2013

There is a petition to make Adobe Fireworks open source. You can sign the petition by clicking the button below.

[button color=”white” url=”http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/adobe-com-release-adobe-fireworks-to-open-source”]Sign the Petition[/button]



Hey there. I’m Sazzad, a User Experience Developer from New York City. I work with many talented folks who find ways of re-inventing the way users look at the web. I am the founder of the FWPolice and co-founder of Fleech Media. You can follow me on Twitter by the handle @IamShipon1988 .


  • nparis says:

    that is disappointing….i certainly won’t be calling it quits. Adobe is no. 1 for making website mockups. i guess i’m more than disappointed….call it pissed off.

  • nparis says:

    me again….guess i was so upset i meant to say adobe fireworks was no. 1, not adobe….i use it everyday also….i don’t see anything taking it’s place.

    • Technically they’re not killing Fireworks; they wont be making a new one. Although seeing this much support for the software is great, it may be too late to change their mind as CC will be releasing fairly soon.

    • jaystrab says:

      Free FreeHand tried to do something similar with FreeHand. Adobe would have none of it, so good luck with that!

  • Just as I would adopt a beaten and neglected child, so too would I bring Fireworks – the red-headed step child of Adobe – under my wing, and help her flourish! Without FW in the CS toolset – I’m not paying for Dreamweaver, Photoshop/Illustrator – just overkill. You’ve done a foolish thing Adobe.

  • If Adobe not develop fireworks anymore, That not mean one can’t use it, that mean that one is out of the race of paying money once for a while for stuff one don’t actually need!

    I use FW4, this version got all I need and serve me well, I might upgrade to CS6 sometime (for the 64bit support), and then I don’t need adobe anymore.
    The reason I still use CS4, is that I didn’t seen one feature that can make my workflow much better, since i got it.

    We all using fireworks the way it is today, so why not continue use it, what else can be added?
    If you don’t have a feature, you can always extend it.

    Example: the only reason I open Illustrator is importing svg to Ai, so I can use it in Fireworks, using the new SVG Import I just have no need for any other tool, my work flow is complete (well not exactly true, I still need the Photoshop option of saving 32 Bit .bmp, one or twice a year;))

    I Would like to see it goes open source tho
    Long Leave Fireworks Users!

  • Michel says:

    I will continue to use Adobe Fireworks, because it is a great tool! Ps+Ai+Id cannot replace it for me, sorry…

    Fireworks has so many unique features and offers so powerful (yet, easy to adopt) workflows, so I wonder, what were Adobe thinking when they decided to kill Fireworks?… 🙁

    Very bad news!

    Dunno if we can do anything to save Project Fireworks…

    • I didn’t really see much of a future for Fireworks with Adobe. The lack of info + support was evident enough. I think CS6 was a fairly decent release for them to end with. With the extensions community getting even larger and the flexibility that is put forth, there is soo much we can do with Fireworks now.

  • Sammy Guergachi says:

    My problem is even if I wanted to move to PS I Can’t! FW’s workflow is so clean and simple and does just what I need, I don’t need to edit photos etc. I do mostly UI design Work. I Wonder if there is any other app that has a workflow similar to Fireworks…

  • a_w_young says:

    This is an entirely foolish decision. I thought this was coming when they bought out Macromedia but I was pleasantly surprised that they kept developing it.

    People who think Fireworks is somehow a lesser or redundant app than Illustrator and Photoshop haven’t tried it, or are completely missing the point.

    I can rapidly produce work in Fireworks that would take 5 times as long in the other apps, and they don’t even do some of the things Fireworks does. I constantly work with both raster and vector and Fireworks lets me construct what I need to in a fraction of the time no matter what I’m doing.

  • jaystrab says:

    Discontinuing Fireworks and keeping Flash does not make any sense. Any sense whatsoever.

  • alex says:

    Yes! the Fireworks workflow is the best, time saving and wonderful ever. PS Layer comps is a dreadfull way to manage web layouts. : ( Shame on you Adobe!

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