Web Graphic Apps

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I have mainly used Fireworks and Photoshop to create web graphics in the past. Since upgrading to Leopard, my version of Photoshop will not work. So, what would you recommend I do?

Upgrade to the latest version of PS or try something different?

I am quite used to PS, but maybe there are better apps for creating web graphics?
 

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Yes, I am familiar with Photoshop, but a bit frightened of the upgrade cost. A friend of mine recommended Pixelmator, which if it had a "Save for web" feature like Ps, would be ideal. I am tempted to set up some sort of workflow solution with Pixelmator and Graphic Converter...

I have downloaded the Ps and Pixelmator demos, anybody know an app that can throw out anorexic web graphics? I am pretty sure Fireworks was better than Ps (ImageReady) when it comes to the actual file size. What is the best?
 

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Saving as PNG, JPG, or GIF is difficult? You don't need a save for web option, you simply select a web safe format.
Yes, saving a copy of a file as a .jpg etc is easy. But, exporting the graphic to fit a certain dimension and with a small file size is crucial for me.
 

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I use both, but prefer Fireworks for 99% of my Web graphics work.
I haven't used Fireworks for a while, do you think it exports smaller file sizes than Photoshop? I am pretty sure that was the case when I used to use it.
 

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I have just downloaded the trial versions for Ps and Fw.

Interestingly (or at least to me!) when saving the same image using Ps and Fw, at 60% quality in .jpg the file sizes and image quality is quite different.

Ps - 76kb

Fw - 45kb
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