Frustration with FireWorks...

After years of reasonable happiness with FireWorks, I'm reaching a peak of frustration with FireWorks MX 2004. Actually I don't know if this is particularly due to the last version of this otherwise fine couteau suisse of the webmaster, but I've spent days fiddling with it, trying to produce a decent web version of our new logo, which source file is an Illustrator 9 file, to produce nothing half-way decent. And I think I've found more bugs and annoyances today than in the past five years, things like its inability to keep a group of objects retain their respective distances when they are moved together, strange anti-aliasing of fonts, changing two unrelated parameters when you want to change only one...

Tonight, after only one try with Photoshop CS, I came with something significantly better than the best FW could do. As we say here, il n'y a pas photo ! It's still not perfect, but very refreshing after so many lost hours and dead ends. Now if only I could get a white background for the canvas instead of this grid... I'm so ignorant about Photoshop.

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Well, the grid means transparency, so if you want a white background all you have to do is add a layer at the bottom, and fill it with white (or add a "Solid color" adjustement layer instead).

Thanks Garoo. I ended up doing that, I was thinking that Photoshop would have the same notion of canvas, and canvas color or transparency, than FireWorks.

learning to use tools like fireworks, photoshop, flash etc is just like learning to ride a bike, a bike with tens of wheels, of different shapes, with a seat that won't stay at the height you want and a bell that only goes off when you don't want it to. Oh and the bike's different each time you ride it.
So not much like a bike at all then, but some magical vehicle. But you look cool when you _can_ ride it.

> Oh and the bike's different each time you ride it.

Waitaminit, this one is for Dreamweaver MX 2004. It never looks or behave the same each time I open it.

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