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.
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