I love Fireworks as a generic web design tool. No, it’s not as powerful as Photoshop for working with bitmaps, and it’s nowhere near as powerful as Illustrator for vector work. It sits somewhere in the middle with a mix of the most useful tools for all types of visual design work. But in addition, of course, it has a lot of functionality aimed specifically at web designers.
Whenever I try and show some of the nice little features Fireworks has to offer, other designers appear vaguely excited for a fleeting moment, but then go back to Photoshop regardless. In an attempt to show some of the nice tools that I think make Fireworks really powerful, I will record some very short screencasts to demonstrate (under 3 minutes if possible) as it’s a lot easier than trying to explain them in words.
Here’s the first one then; “Using Styles”; which are a bit like CSS for layer effects.
(Sorry about the size, but you’ll get the idea. I’ll do the proper zoomy-in thing next time :)