Today, Adobe launched the new Creative Suite 5. There’s is tons of great new features especially in Photoshop and After Effects. Speaking of Photoshop, the new Content Aware fill is simply incredible. You can mark an area to fill and the software will analyse the surrounding patterns and colors to fill in and remove the area you selected.
But of course, my main tool is Fireworks and while the CS4 version was full of bugs and crashing frequently, I’ve seen it mature in the development stages and I can now say it’s really stable and these problems are things of the past. I’ve not had a single crash or the classic “An unknown error occurred" message using the last milestone build. Fireworks also boot in just a few seconds (as fast as 3-4 seconds) compared to the slow 15 seconds of CS4.
There is also the new Compound feature which is similar to the vector path tools but let you preserve the shapes you used to build that vector and edit them in real-time. Another great new feature is the “Snap to pixel” function which relocate the shape borders to the nearest pixel in the canvas. Blurry borders when resizing vectors are thing of the past.
Another new feature is the possibility to save projects as templates so you can easily use them as base projects later.
While there is some great new features in Fireworks CS5, the main goal in this release was to fix bugs and achieve better performance and stability, which the development team did. It’s really a good thing they decided to stop working on new features as the base platform was getting more and more buggy. The application is now back on track as a powerful and stable design and prototyping tool.
I hope you will enjoy this new release of Fireworks because I certainly do!
Microsoft probably got the best phone call in history, it’s worth reading:
Way to go Apple…