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    Best tool to use to create web mock-ups?

    I'm new to web design/development. Question - what is the best tool to create web page storyboards / mock-ups? I'm reading a web site design book that's 2-3 years old and it refers to Fireworks. However, that is no longer in the Adobe CS3/CS4 suites. What is being used in the industry these days? Thanks.

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    I just bought the Adobe CS4 Web Premium Suite and Fireworks is included in that suite. I use Fireworks all the time for my web design.

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    I still use Fireworks with CS4

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    I would just use Photoshop. That is what my programmers and designers use before we upload files to our client extranet
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    I prefer Photoshop.

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    hi

    i've always used photoshop, but thats just because i already had a copy of it when i started and i was familiar with it. i'm not sure whether its the best tool for the job.

    i'm just starting to do a new site so would be interrested in peoples views as i may try a new tool if people have a better suggestion than photoshop.

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    I use Photoshop as well Seems to work good for me What's CS4 like?? is it worth the upgrade??

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    Photoshop works best for our mock ups.

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    i've not used cs4 i'm still using an old version of photoshop i think its 7. it works ok for me. i guess they've made quite a few improvements since then. so i'd be interested in peoples views on cs4.

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    what would you say are the advantages of fireworks over photoshop?

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    Haven't find anything that could dramatically change the way i am working in Photoshop (oh, yes i prefer photoshop too) CS4. I have CS3 and i must say i ll stick with it. (After 20 day of using CS4 trial)
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    I much prefer Photoshop than Fireworks.

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    I prefer PS, but rendering (cutting images) template is more easy with FW. I use both

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    I have the adobe master collection and it includes FW. I do mock ups all the time, What I do is mock it up in FW and if there is something I can do easier then I import into Photoshop. I jump between the two, so I would suggest that you use both. If you know how to use the FW tools then making mock ups will be a piece of cake.

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    They discontinued Fireworks?

    I've been using it since 2000, currently still using Fireworks MX 2004. I know Adobe bought them some time ago, but I didn't know it is no longer being updated.
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    They still produce Fireworks, its just not as widely used imo.

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    I always use Photoshop, never Fireworks, i should study Fireworks next times

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    Fireworks has Master Pages and superior export capabilities. Export options include HTML/CSS and PDF. I use the PDF method quite a bit when sending mocks to clients.

    I have a small review of it here: http://britmansell.com/?p=31. It was written when Fireworks CS4 was in Beta, but everything still applies to the release version.

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    Photoshop gets our vote..
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    Illustrator for the wireframe then photoshop for the actual design.

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    I prefer Photoshop for mockups.

    As for wireframes, I often do these with pencil on paper - it is one of the few things I still use pencil and paper for.

    The interface in the Windows version of GIMP has improved as of version 2.6, so I am giving that a try at the moment, mostly because I'm waiting for Photoshop CS4 to arrive. I'd love to be able to replace Photoshop with GIMP, but time will tell if it is as useful to me.

    For graphics, I have just fallen in love with Inkscape. I never liked Adobe Illustrator's interface at all, whereas Inkscape draws a lot of its inspiration from CorelDraw, which I used to use a lot.
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    Started with Fireworks, then moved to Photoshop which I primarily use.

    Since Fireworks was built for web it has always had some features that made it better than Photoshop. I still use it for batch processing (resizing, converting) images for web and the most recent version has a really cool rapid mockup version that I can't wait to get my hand on since I frequently have clients who want to see "clickable" mockups. (Guess the imagination doesn't work that well for them).

    For full design and development, I use both, but if I could only use 1, I'd have to go with Photoshop since it does almost everything I need and then some.

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    Oh and just to share.

    1 great tool for mockups that Photoshop has is Layer Comps.

    With them you can create different pages mockups easily without having to copy multiple layers or toggling layers on and off when you are saving out as images. They basically save the layer states for each version, plus you can then batch export them as individual JPGs or as a multi-page PDF presentation.

    It is one of the things I require my team to use when doing mockups and it is a HUGE timesaver!

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    I've always used Photoshop, but I think maybe I should try out Fireworks. It's one of the only Adobe programs I've never really used.
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    Balsamiq Mockups is a more lightweight tool which I enjoy using. Give it a spin, there's a free version as well.


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