As with Adobe’s now-no-more ImageReady, the expansion of Photoshop’s Web output tools have made Fireworks almost redundant as a graphics application.
Rather than dumping it, the company has repositioned Fireworks as a Web site prototyping tool. It’s not for designing the architecture of your site’s layout like ConceptDraw WebWave, but more for turning Photoshop or Illustrator CS3 designs of your site into clickable mock-ups for client presentations.
Illustrator CS3 and Photoshop files come in with layers, effects, paths and blending modes, easing the process from design to prototype. You also have access to Photoshop’s blending and layer effects (below) from within Fireworks.