Photoshop vs Reflow vs Macaw

Photoshop vs Reflow vs Macaw

Adobe Photoshop has never been equipped correctly for dealing with a professional web design but many including myself have continued to adopt it over the years. I started getting into Adobe Fireworks about two years ago and saw the huge potential the program had and the greater benefits over Photoshop when it came to website design, but Fireworks has since been dropped from any future developments, so where does this leave website designers? Since dropping Fireworks Adobe has made many changes to Photoshop’s capabilities for website designers in the array of image asset generations, built in dummy text and the like.

Adobe has also launched its Adobe Edge products aimed at website designers which come in the form of Edge Inspect, Edge Reflow, Edge Code and Edge Animate as well as partnering with Typekit. Edge Reflow does look like Adobes updated version of fireworks which while still supporting master pages, button states and libraries it now also has the capability for media queries and creating an on-the-fly responsive websites. The code generated is nowhere near production ready but as a wireframe and prototyping tool it is pretty impressive and of course a lot more accurate than a length photoshop mockup.

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