I've been partial to Photoshop since using version 2.5 back in 1993. Photoshop has everything an image editor can ever need. But does it stand up to all things web? It was easier to say that a few versions back when ImageReady was around. ImageReady was Adobe's web graphics package. It did everything a web designer needed to do to create web graphics, optimization, image maps, rollovers, animations, etc. Macromedia came out with a nifty little web graphics app to tie into to Dreamweaver called Fireworks. It's first rev seemed a bit clunky compared to the then polished Photoshop/ImageReady. Then the merger happened and all hell broke loose and Adobe ruled the world of graphics.
In looking at the two web graphics packages, Adobe decided to axe ImageReady (or stop supporting it) in favor of Fireworks. ImageReady wasn't outputting compliant, standards-based code anymore and Adobe couldn't leave out the tight integration between its flagship WYSIWYG editor (Dreamweaver) and Fireworks. So now if you went out and bought the Creative Suite Design Premium, you got Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, but not Dreamweaver and Fireworks. You would've had to buy the Creative Suite Web Premium for that, which comes with all minus InDesign.
Sure, Photoshop CS3 still has some features from ImageReady, albeit fairly hidden, but can do image optimization, animation, and slicing. That begs the question for web designers: Photoshop vs. Fireworks, the title of this interview between eight users - four Photoshop wizards, and four Fireworks geeks. The results are quite intersting. My take on it is that Photoshop, trying to be the end all program for graphics creation, misses the mark when it comes to specialized tasks that Fireworks adequately handles. Still, it's a comfort thing. If you've learned Fireworks before Photoshop, then you'd be more comfortable with that and vice versa.
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