I'm a designer, and I can directly trace my design career back to a bootlegged copy of Macromedia Studio 4, and shortly thereafter to Macromedia Studio MX that I received in 2002. At that point in time, I was more interested in Dreamweaver but I soon realized that I needed an image editor to make cool
web graphics and buttons. And so, I started down the path toward design.
I've posted about my love of Fireworks as a tool that I rely on every day to get my job done. It is better than Photoshop for design for so many reasons and I even teach a class at Google to Eng/PM about using it in their workflow (because it is so easy to learn).
But Adobe screwed up. They never really understood Fireworks and have continued to sit on their hands (from an improvements perspective) until last year then they announced the death of Fireworks. It seems like they were worried that any other tool that had a bitmap editor in it would cannibalize on sales of Photoshop. So sad, but I continue to use it because I haven't found anything better...until today.
Sketch v3 is out today, and I think that with this version, it might be time to switch. This would also mean dumping Windows in favor of a fully Mac based design workflow (which I have resisted).https://medium.com/p/4b92d8b25f3
It is so nice to have a company that a)actually cares about and understands their users and their workflow, b) releases updates at a rapid pace, and c) doesn't charge a million dollars for it.
Keep up the good work, guys!