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.
After eight years, this is another casualty in the Adobe/Macromedia merger—joining FreeHand, Authorware, and GoLive. Not surprisingly, one could still argue that the real products that mattered to Adobe were Dreamweaver and Flash. Maybe that’s why they’re still pushing Flash so hard…
Ben Thompson points out that all this talk of a flatter, simpler interface may be the wrong discussion for iOS 7:
Over the last week the Internet has been aflutter with rumors about an Ive-driven iOS design overhaul. Nearly all of the conversation has been focused on the visual aesthetic, and that’s not surprising. To use Ive’s words, that is “easy to talk about.”
I’ll admit, I read the block quote in the article in my best Jony Ive voice.
Steve Best tries to cut down duplicate apps and clutter (via Patrick Rhone):
I decided to take a mental inventory of the apps I actually used and preferred, and I set out to transform my phone back into something I actually liked to use. First I set up some ground rules:
- If one of Apple’s native iOS apps fit the bill, I would use that. I like most of Apple’s stock apps in terms of how they work and their simplicity. Plus, they were designed by Apple, who has the deepest inside knowledge of the inner workings if iOS, and as a result most of those apps load fast, are stable, and are very responsive.
- If one of Apple’s native apps would not fit the bill, I would use a web app. I love the openness of the web, and I feel that is the future. Forecast is an example of a spectacular web app. If there was no suitable web app, I would use a third party app from the App Store.
- There would be little to no duplicate apps. Any app that appeared to be a duplicate must have had some important must-have feature(s) that I could not live without.
Although I haven’t gone to this extreme, it is good to look through my folders and figure out why I have some extra apps that haven’t been used in months, or apps that get used frequently on my iPad and never my iPhone.
Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge:
Adobe is making a major move into the cloud. The company has just announced the next version of its flagship digital editing tools, Creative Suite, and for the first time the new products will only be available through the company’s online subscription service. Adobe previously offered standalone editions of each product, which users could choose to keep or upgrade as new editions were released, but now the only way to receive major feature updates to the product series will be to remain subscribed to the $49.99 per month service.
Subscription software may work for businesses, but I think end-users (even small businesses or freelance) still like owning their own software. If anything, this is going to drive folks away from Adobe even more, especially since there are more alternatives like Pixelmator.
“A lot of those users are frustrated, they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there.”
Lindsey McElroy not only helps out behind-the-scenes of this site, but she also cohosts Slide to Unlock. In this edition, she shares her iPhone’s home screen and workflow…