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Fireworks 8 was the last version from Macromedia

Macromedia Fireworks is a graphics editor that was one of the signature products of Macromedia. It was used for illustration and web design. It was marketed from 1998 to 2013.

Product history

Development history

Fireworks was initially developed at Macromedia's Digital Arts Group (formerly Altsys) in Richardson, Texas. It was created by engineers from the Macromedia FreeHand team and the two software projects often shared resources. The first version was released in 1998 as a successor to Macromedia xRes. It combined the capabilities of raster and vector graphics editing. Market competitors included Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and CorelDRAW.[1]

In 2003, the Texas development staff were laid off or relocated to Macromedia's main office in San Francisco, California.[1]

Release history

After Macromedia was acquired by Adobe Systems in December 2005,[2] Macromedia Fireworks was renamed Adobe Fireworks. Development of future versions was transitioned to Adobe India.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 R.I.P. FreeHand by Andy Finnell, Safe from the Losing Fight. 2007-05-17.
  2. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.

External links

Macromedia Fireworks
1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · MX · MX 2004 · 8
Adobe Fireworks: CS3 · CS4 · CS5 · CS6
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